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

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Subject: Tassie Trip Report - 26th December 2006 to 6th January 2007 (improved format)
From: "Wedderburn Birding" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 17:30:09 +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) Two birds on Dennes Hill, north Bruny
Tasmanian Scrubwren (Common) Sheffield, Strahan & Franklin River
Scrubtit (Uncommon) Single bird seen in Strahan
Tasmanian Thornbill (Common) Most areas
Yellow Wattlebird (Common) Bruny Island
Yellow-throated Honeyeater (Common) Strahan and on Bruny Island
Strong-billed Honeyeater (Uncommon) only seen twice in Strahan
Black-headed Honeyeater (Common) Strahan and on Bruny Island
Dusky Robin (Common) in the North & on Bruny Island
Black Currawong (Common) Cradle Mountain & 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 - Sheffield
Brown Thornbill (diemenensis) Common - All areas
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (leachi) Common -       Sheffield, Bruny Island,
Little Wattlebird (tasmanica) Uncommon - Strahan & Bicheno
Noisy Miner (leachi) Uncommon - Coles Bay
New Holland Honeyeater (canescens) Common - All areas
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 - Bicheno
Golden Whistler (glaucura) Uncommon - Strahan
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 & Bicheno


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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