birding-aus Forty spotted Pardalote site

Subject: birding-aus Forty spotted Pardalote site
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 23:54:06 -0400 (EDT)
I was in Hobart for the long weekend, and visited a site that has Forty spotted 
Pardalotes and is very close to Hobart.  Whilst the place has been known to 
birders for a few years I don't think it has ever been mentioned on birding-aus 
and isn't in any of the major site guides so I thought it worth posting details.

It is called the Peter Murrell Nature Reserve and is at Huntingfield, just 
south of Hobart.  To get there take the Southern Outlet from Hobart, following 
the signs to Blackmans Bay when you get to the end.  Continue onwards until you 
get to the Australian Antarctic Division offices.  Just afterwards you get to a 
roundabout (where traffic to Blackmans Bay goes left).  Go straight on and turn 
left about fifty metres after the roundabout.  Continue along that road for, I 
guess, almost a kilometre until you come to the very large Vodafone building.  
Immediately after that you will see a sign to the reserve.  Turn left onto the 
dirt track and drive 200m to the end.

I visited briefly in the middle of an overcast day and lots of birds were 
present.  As I drove there I could see two Wedge tailed Eagles circling in the 
distance.  Shortly after getting out of the car I heard a squawk in a tree 
nearby and saw a Brown Falcon fly out.  After it disappeared I turned my 
attention to what had made it fly and found a white phase Grey Goshawk was 
sitting there.  I had a great look at it before it flew off, chased by Forest 

Within five minutes of getting out of the car I could hear Forty spots calling. 
 I soon tracked them down to the large eucalypts in the paddock between the 
waterhole and the road.  The birds were feeding at eye level and could be seen 
very well.  There were probably about six calling.  I later hear them calling 
in the trees around the waterhole as well.

Other Tasmanian endemics seen there were Tasmanian Native Hen, Yellow 
Wattlebird, Yellow throated Honeyeater and Black headed Honeyeater.  Dusky 
Robins are apparently seen there too, though I did not record any.  It would 
therefore be possible to see all the Tasmanian endemics by visiting just this 
site and Fern Tree.

Murray Lord

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