Tassie Trip Report - 26th December 2006 to 6th January 2007

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Subject: Tassie Trip Report - 26th December 2006 to 6th January 2007
From: "Wedderburn Birding" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 16:57:39 +1100

I have just returned from a family holiday in Tasmania which included stays
at Sheffield, Strahan, Bruny Island and Bicheno. The weather during the trip
was mainly warm to hot with very little rain, although it was quite windy
for several days. We managed to see all 12 endemics plus a number of other
interesting birds, with a total of 91 birds seen in Tasmania. 

Details of our sightings are as follows-


Tasmanian Native-hen                    Common          Mainly in the North
Green Rosella                                   Common          All areas
Forty-spotted Pardalote                         Uncommon        Saw two
birds on Dennes Hill, north Bruny Island
Tasmanian Scrubwren                     Common          Sheffield, Strahan
and Franklin River
Scrubtit                                                Uncommon
Single bird seen in Strahan
Tasmanian Thornbill                     Common          Most areas
Yellow Wattlebird                               Common          Common on
Bruny Island
Yellow-throated Honeyeater              Common        Common at Strahan and
on Bruny Island
Strong-billed Honeyeater                Uncommon                Seen twice
in Strahan
Black-headed Honeyeater                 Common          Common at Strahan
and on Bruny Island
Dusky Robin                                     Common          Seen often
in the North and on Bruny Island
Black Currawong                                 Common          Common at
Cradle Mountain and Strahan


Wedge-tailed Eagle                      fleayi
Uncommon        Cradle Mountain area
Lewin's Rail                            brachipus          Uncommon
Franklin River National Park
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo  xanthanotus       Common          Most areas
Masked Owl                              castanops         Uncommon
On pass to St Mary's at 5am
Superb Fairy-wren                       cyaneus                 Common
All areas
Striated Pardalote                      striatus                Fairly
Common  Strahan & Bruny Island
Striated Fieldwren                      fuliginosus             Uncommon
Brown Thornbill                         diemenensis             Common
All areas
Yellow-rumped Thornbill                 leachi                  Common
Sheffield, Bruny Island, Bicheno
Little Wattlebird                       tasmanica               Uncommon
Strahan & Bicheno
Noisy Miner                             leachi                  Uncommon
Coles Bay
New Holland Honeyeater          canescens               Common          All
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater        chelidonia      Uncommon
Strahan - at airport
Eastern Spinebill                       dubius                  Common
Bruny Island
Scarlet Robin                           leggi                   Common
Bruny Island & Bicheno
Pink Robin                              rodinogaster            Fairly
Common  Strahan & Franklin River
Spotted Quail-thrush            dovei                   Uncommon
Golden Whistler                         glaucura                Uncommon
Grey Shrike-thrush                      strigata             Common
All areas, especially Strahan       
Grey Fantail                            albiscapa               Common
All areas       
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike   novaehollandiae     Fairly Common   All areas
Grey Butcherbird                        cinereus                Fairly
Common  Strahan & Bruny Island
Australian Magpie                       hypoleuca               Fairly
Common  All areas
Richard's Pipit                         bistriatus              Common
All areas
Silvereye                               lateralis             Common
All areas


Swift Parrot                    Small flocks seen on both days in Strahan
Beautiful Firetail                      Bruny Island
Latham's Snipe                  Strahan & Franklin River
Kelp Gull                               Flocks of up to 60 on Bruny Island
Crescent Honeyeater     Strahan airport
Little Penguin                  100's of birds on Bruny Island and at


Eastern Quoll                           Up to 18 seen on one evening on
Bruny Island
Rufous-bellied Pademelon        Seen in most areas
Red-necked Wallaby              All areas
Brush-tailed Possum             Common on Bruny Island
Short-beaked Echidna            Saw about 6, Including one washing in the
sea at Coles Bay


Bruce Wedderburn


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