A week in Tassy

Subject: A week in Tassy
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 09:53:28 +1000
G'day all

I've just returned from a week touring around Tassy with my wife and no. 2
son.  The main purpose of the trip was to visit my daughter who is studying
in Hobart.  We visited the northern end of Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Hobart
and St. Helens.  Birding was limited to casual observatons while driving
and at various stops along the way.  I did manage a few hours in the Peter
Murrell reserve south of Hobart,.

Despite these limitations and the appalling weather in the first few days I
managed to see 80 native species including 10 endemics.  I missed out on
the Scrubtit but have seen it on other occasions.  For some reason I'd
missed the Strong-billed Honeyeater on previous visits but saw them in
several locations this time.  Most of the endemics can be found at Peter
Murrell reserve.  Probably the Tasmanian Thornbill and Scrubtit wouldn't be
here though.

Some of the birding highlights:

A Forty-spotted Pardalote carrying a feather into a hollow at PM res.
Male Pink Robins
Flame Robins everywhere
The "vomit bird" (Yellow Wattlebird)
A flock of 15-20 Sooty Oystercatchers at the mouth of the Tamar River.
Swift Parrots (Kingston, Claremont and across the road from the Devonport


Steve Clark
Hamilton, Vic

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