Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who replied to my RFI for
Tasmania and the Scrubtit.. I received a wonderful response and found the
bird very easily at a couple of sites.
On our 10 day trip, we travelled from Wynyard, Strahan, 7 Mile Beach,
Eaglehawk Pelagic then down to Bruny Island. Tahune Airwalk , Dover and
then returned to Wynyard (family) via Lake Hwy along the western side of the
Great Lake where we were literally driving 'in the clouds' by the time we
reached the Lake Pine Boardwalk.
I was surprised with the level of drought being experienced in Tasmania.
Strahan area: Southern Emu-wren, Olive Whistler, Crescent & Tawny-crowned
Honeyeaters, Swamp Harrier and Red-capped Dotterels on the runway. The
wildflowers were magnificent.
Peoples Park: Black-headed Honeyeater, Tasmanian Thornbill and
White-browed (Tas) Scrubtit.
Travelling from Queenstown to Derwent Bridge: Where the Lyell Hwy crosses
the Collingwood River in the western carpark: Scrubtits (2), Fantailed
Cuckoo, Spinebill, Golden & Olive Whistler, Black Currawong and possible
Seven Mile Beach: 40 Spotted Pardalote, Yellow Wattlebird, Yellow-throated
Eaglehawk Pelagic. Wandering, Shy, Black-browed & Yellow-nosed Albatross,
excellent close-up views of Cape Petrel, and Hump-backed Whales..
Bruny Island: We stayed in the Captain James Cook Memorial Park and were
surrounded with numerous Swift Parrots. Others birds for the park
included Shining & Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo, Yellow Wattlebird,
Black-headed & Strong-billed Honeyeater, Scrubwren, Green Rosella. Saw or
heard over 30 species from this park.
Also, a few k's out of town on the small parking area opposite the old tip
site (marked) added Dusky, Scarlet and Flame Robins. Worthwhile checking out
the tracks from here which lead down to Coal Point.
Tahune Airwalk: About 100 metres along the track to the Swinging Bridges
from the main entrance: Scrubtit, Scrubwren, Honeyeaters, etc. Although I
saw nothing new here, there was a lot of bird activity.
Bothwell. (Lake Hwy) On the lake (weir?) just as you're leaving town,
numerous waterbirds including Blue-billed, Musk, Black Duck, Australian
Shelduck, A.Shoveller, Hardhead, Hoary-headed Grebe, Black-fronted Dotterel,
plus others. A very large Tiger Snake, under some cut dry grass, made us
Wynyard. There is a walk from Table Cape Road to the Bass Hwy ( return 6ks)
along the Inglis River. About 1k from the Table Cape Road walking
upstream on the southern side, there is a creek (Big Creek, see map at Table
Cape Rd entrance) where I saw an Azure Kingfisher on consecutive days. The
first time it was fishing in the Inglis River on an outgoing tide and the
second time it was along Big Creek just sitting patiently waiting for the
fish to pass by on the outgoing tide. It would dive, sometimes
successfully, then resume its position on a branch quite close to the small
bridge crossing Big Creek. I spoke to other walkers and quite a few of them
had seen the kingfisher. I was able to obtain some photos of this usually
difficult bird to photograph.
Another bird that was easily seen was a pair of Satin Flycatchers which were
nesting in the area.
Some of the other endemics, especially honeyeaters, can also be seen closer
to the Table Cape Rd end.
Thornbills, Scrubwrens , Fantails etc tend to be on the northern side of the
river where there is a small pocket of rainforest closer to the Bass Hwy
end, but it's very dry at the moment.
Birdwatching can be rather hazardous...a Black Tiger Snake, too close for
comfort, along the Inglis River. Again, this snake was under some dried cut
grass. We tend to walk around with our eyes in the trees and not on the
If anyone would like further information, please contact me.
Happy birding all and thanks once again to everyone who kindly forwarded
suggestions for the RFI.
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