birding-aus Tasmania

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From: "Vicki PS" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 19:44:59 +1000
I've just returned from a week's holiday in Tasmania (my first visit to the
Island State), and what a wonderful week it was.  I wasn't in a position to
do any _purposeful_ birding, but nevertheless had a great time just with the
birds we happened to come across as we travelled.

Main impressions -- (1) huge numbers of Masked Lapwings (race
novaehollandiae); (2) numerical preponderance of introduced species, even
outside population centers (eg starlings, blackbirds, sparrows,
goldfinches); (3) no pigeons or doves seen -- native or feral; (4) paucity
of those species that are common and everyday in my part of the country (SE
Qld) -- eg. Willie Wagtails, peewees, B-F cuckoo-shrikes; (5) hardly any
native ducks, herons, egrets;  (6) bugger-all shorebirds or waders.

What a delight, though, to see species exclusive to Tasmania, and the
Tasmanian races of familiar species.  I got the impression, also, that the
behaviour of many of the birds was less affected by human presence -- for
example, I watched a shining bronze-cuckoo at very close range for several
minutes, and it seemed to be quite unperturbed by my presence.

List of species seen:

Silvereye                                      Black currawong
Swamp harrier                              Blackbird
Scaly thrush                                Tasmanian thornbill
Tas. native hen                              Green rosella
Goldfinch                                     Masked lapwing (r.
Forest raven                                Pacific gull
Greenfinch                                    Common Starling
Grey fantail                                  Kookaburra
Magpie (r. hypoleuca)                    Silver gull
Sparrow                                       Superb fairy-wren
Common skylark                          Welcome swallow
Pied oystercatcher                        Mallard
Darter                                           Black cormorant
Spotted harrier                              Yellow wattlebird
Little pied cormorant                      Black swan
Crescent honeyeater                      Flame robin
Swamp hen                                   Coot
Grey shrike-thrush                          Southern black-backed gull
New Holland honeyeater                 White-breasted sea-eagle
Yellow-tailed black cockatoo            Sulphur-crested cockatoo
Dusky woodswallow                        Scarlet robin
Chestnut teal                                  Little wattlebird
Tree martin                                    Shining bronze-cuckoo
Noisy miner                                    White-faced heron
Little penguin                                  Black-faced cuckoo-shrike

Vicki PS
Vicki Parslow Stafford      | ...Stabilised in a
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Ipswich, Queensland       | disrepair.

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