Hoabrt birds

Subject: Hoabrt birds
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 14:05:09 +1000
Kim Sterelny asks about Hobart bird spots.

I assume you will not have a car but there are buses which take you all
over this lovely southern city.

I can recommend the Botanical Gardens and the "woodland" around the gardens
as well.  It's worth visting the beach front at the docks and the farmland
around the airport is good for the endemic Tasmanian Native-hen (Gallinula
mortierii), usually under/near the trees and shrubs on the main road into
the airport.  The carpark at the airport also may have honeyeaters and
parrots if there are trees in flower.  Keep your eye open on the drive into
town as you can often see raptors off the side of the freeway.

A trip up to Mt Wellington should increase the bush birds observations,
especially if you can stop along the way.  There is also some bushland
around the University which may well turn up some interesting birds.  A
favourite bird of mine when last there was the Yellow Wattlebird
(Anthochaera paradoxa) - another Tassie endemic ,which has a great
"strangled"-type call.

Keep us posted on what you see when there.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer
Scientific Advisory Committee
Threatened Species Program
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne,  3002

tel: +61 3 9412 4567
fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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