Hobart - Tasmania

To: John Harris <>,
Subject: Hobart - Tasmania
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 04:23:23 -0800 (PST)

My wife Raja and I spent a great week in Tasmania recently (January 1-7). We 
were quite successful: 
Black Swan
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Chestnut Teal
Hoary-headed Grebe
Little Penguin
Short-tailed Shearwater
Australasian Gannet
Black-faced Cormorant
Great Cormorant
White-faced Heron
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Swamp Harrier
Grey Goshawk
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Brown Falcon
Australian Hobby
Peregrine Falcon
Tasmanian Native-hen
Pied Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher
Masked Lapwing
Pacific Gull
Kelp Gull
Silver Gull
Crested Tern
Rock Dove
Spotted Turtle-Dove
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Musk Lorikeet
Green Rosella
Blue-winged Parrot
Orange-bellied Parrot
Ground Parrot
Pallid Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Laughing Kookaburra
Superb Fairy-wren
Southern Emu-wren
Spotted Pardalote
Forty-spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Tasmanian Scrubwren
Striated Fieldwren
Brown Thornbill
Tasmanian Thornbill
Yellow Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird
Noisy Miner
Yellow-throated Honeyeater
Strong-billed Honeyeater
Black-headed Honeyeater
Crescent Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Scarlet Robin
Flame Robin
Pink Robin
Dusky Robin
Olive Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Fantail
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Dusky Woodswallow
Grey Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Black Currawong
Grey Currawong
Forest Raven
Richard's Pipit
House Sparrow
Beautiful Firetail
European Greenfinch
European Goldfinch
Welcome Swallow
Tree Martin
Bassian Thrush
Common Blackbird
Common Starling

Short-beaked Echidna
Eastern Quoll (a total of nine!)
Tasmanian Devil (a total of seven!)
Common Wombat
Common Brushtail Possum
Common Ringtail Possum
Red-necked Wallaby
Tasmanian Pademelon
mouse spec
European Rabbit

(Plus Macleay's Swallowtail, several other butterflies as well as reptiles 
which I haven't put in the list yet.)

However, we did not get great looks at 40-spotted Pardalote (only bad looks at 
one from underneath) and we didn't see Swift Parrot, Tasmanian Masked Owl, 
Tasmanian Southern Boobook, Swamp Quail and Spot-tailed Quoll at all.


Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW

----- Original Message ----
From: John Harris <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 9:29:33 PM
Subject: Hobart - Tasmania

Dear All
I have just come back from a brief trip to Tassie, to attend a
conference, and of course fit in some birding and mammaling in between.

I visited most ofl my fave haunts - Peter Murrell Reserve, Waterworks
Reserve, Fern Trees and Orielton Lagoon.  I all I saw over 80 species
with all the endemics except the Scrubtit. I again dipped on the Masked
Owl having looked for it at the Waterworks and Truganinni Reserve on Mt
Nelson. "Zorro" is fast becoming my new nemesis bird, the mask and the
fact that it is everywhere and nowhere has led me to the nickname.....

Among the other birds that were seen were Pink Robin (how come I have
to go to Tassie to see them????), Shy Albatross offshore from Tasman
Island (tourist boat trip) and this afternoon, about 20 Eastern Curlew
and 75 Bar-tailed Godwits at Pittwater, from the causeway.

Thanks to Ross Spencer and Dennis Abbott for their help with a few
birds and spots for Zorro!!!

The mammaling was very good also - 2 species of Bandicoot, Bettong,
Pademelon, Bennett's Wallaby and the "small horses" that mammalogists
call the Tas form of the Brush-tailed possum (including an albino).

Next time, Zorro!!!

Yours in all things "green"


John Harris
President, Victorian Association for Environmental Education (VAEE)
Environmental Education Officer
Donvale Christian College
155 Tindals Rd Donvale 3111
03 9844 2471
0409 090 955

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