birding-aus Tasmanian endemics

Subject: birding-aus Tasmanian endemics
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 09:38:58 +1000

Paul Keogh asks about where to see some Tassie endemics.

South west Tasmaina is where we saw Hooded Plovers on the beach at Cox's
Bight, Ground Parrots along the South Coast Track between Melaleuca and the
coast and heard a Tassie Devil near the airstrip one balmy evening when
stationed there for two weeks in November 1996.

(Un)fortunately you must either walk in or get a flight from Hobart from
Cambridge airport.  But for some superb wilderness scenery and wildlife I
thoroughly recommend a visit to the far south west of Tasmania - a
guaranteed spot (in summer) for Orange-bellied Parrots.

The day fight to Melaleuca was about $180- I believe when last there.  Try
Tasair or Wilderness Air (I think).

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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