Tasmania trip report-South Coast Track and Bruny Island (long)

Subject: Tasmania trip report-South Coast Track and Bruny Island (long)
From: Bert Harris <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2009 23:49:35 -0800 (PST)
Dear Aus birders,
  I just finished a great Tassie trip on the South Coast Track and Bruny 
Island.  I picked up 28 new species including all the Tassie endemics and some 
special parrots. Below, I detail the highlight species and provide a full list 
without details. If interested in the detailed list, please email me.
  We took ten days to hike the SCT from Malaleuca (flew in on Tasair) to Cockle 
Creek.  It rained almost continuously for the first six days but the end was 
better. We then spent a day in Dover where we experienced some great Tasmanian 
hospitality from a friend?s parents. Finally we took a three day trip to Bruny 
Island in search of the Forty-spotted Pardalote and other goodies. We tried to 
get a hire car for Bruny but the rental car companies were chockers so we 
hitched our way from bird to bird.
  I?d like to thank all of those on Birding Aus who recently gave advice on 
finding the pardalote and those who gave initial advice about Tassie birds. We 
are also very appreciative of the kind folks who gave us rides on Bruny Island! 
Thank you!
  Bert Harris, Adelaide
  SCT = South Coast Track, BI = Bruny Island
  Shy Albatross-SCT: After much scanning, finally got a look at some 
albatrosses (~ 20 individuals) from point just east of S cape rivulet. BI: 50+ 
on Bruny Island boat cruise-close looks
  Short-tailed Shearwater- SCT: tens of thousands in the distance from Little 
Deadman's Bay. Closer views from first promontory east of the bay. Also distant 
views from South Cape Rivulet. BI: thousands in the distance from the neck; 
fantastic night-time looks at breeding individuals digging burrows at penguin 
  Little Penguin-SCT: one dead individual at Surprise Bay. BI: fantastic looks 
at adults and young at the colony at the neck
  Tasmanian Native Hen-SCT: good look at a group crossing the road just north 
of Cockle Creek. BI: quick view of one in a field near Dennes Hill
  Hooded Plover- SCT: Cox Bight 10, Prion Beach 1
  Green Rosella-SCT and BI: daily in small numbers
  Swift Parrot-BI: group of 12 or so at Dennes Hill. Group of 5 at South Bruny 
Nat Park near Grassy Pt in dry sclerophyll forest.
  Orange-bellied Parrot-SCT: fantastic views of a brilliant male(s) seen three 
times in an hour at the feeder at Malaleuca.
  Ground Parrot-SCT: six individuals flushed in buttongrass on Dec 29. Four 
just W of the SCT at Cox Bight; 1 east of Buoy Creek; 1 north of Louisa Bay.
  Southern Emu-Wren-SCT: several groups H/glimpsed on first days 
(buttongrass)-one male seen well west of Louisa River.
  Tasmanian Scrubwren-SCT: very common-20+ a day
  Scrubtit-SCT: 1 in coastal heath at New River Lagoon; fairly common in ferns 
in wet forest west of Surprise Bay; a few in wet forest further along the track
  Striated Fieldwren-SCT: one male flushed and seen very well in buttongrass 
west of turnoff for Osmiridium Bay
  Tasmanian Thornbill-SCT: very common-20+ a day
  Forty-spotted Pardalote-BI: Fantastic looks at two in a semi-isolated patch 
of White Gum near gravel quarry at Dennes Hill, N. Bruny Is. (about halfway in 
between Barnes Bay and Dennes Point along Bruny Is Main Rd-thanks John 
Tongue!).  Both Spotted and Striated were present in the same gum trees and one 
of the 40 spots chased a Striated out of the patch.
  Yellow-throated Honeyeater-SCT: one in the distance at Cox Bight, two at the 
first big creek crossing (with a fixed rope). BI: common; also several in Dover.
  Yellow Wattlebird- BI: fairly common.
  Strong-billed Honeyeater- SCT: one group of 6 seen very well at Little 
Deadman's Bay-interesting behaviour-probing under bark along trunks and 
  Black-headed Honeyeater- BI: common; a few in Dover.
  Olive Whistler- SCT: H almost daily; seen Cox Bight, E of New River Lagoon 
and on descent to Granite Bch.
  Black Currawong- SCT: common
  Forest Raven- SCT: almost daily. BI: common
  Satin Flycatcher- BI: Great looks at a pair in dry forest near Grassy Point, 
South Bruny NP.
  Dusky Robin- BI: common with many juveniles, same story in Dover.
  Bassian Thrush- SCT: 1 seen and a few H in tall coastal forest W of Prion 
Bch; three seen foraging on trail in wet forest W of Surprise Bay; one seen in 
tall heath on last day.
  Beautiful Firetail- SCT: one seen in flight over buttongrass on Louisa Bay 
trail; also a recent report in the OBP log at Malaleuca.

  FULL LIST (numbers and alternative names are from Cristidis and Boles)
          Black Swan Cygnus atratus 203
      Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides 207
      Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata 202
      Northern MallardI Anas platyrhynchos 948 Mallard
      Rock DoveI Columba livia 957
      Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera 34
      Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta 91 Diomedea
      Short-tailed Shearwater Ardenna tenuirostris 71 Puffinus
      Little Penguin Eudyptula minor 5
      Australasian Gannet Morus serrator 104
      Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris 97
      Black-faced Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscescens 98
      White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae 188
      White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster 226
      Swamp Harrier Circus approximans 219
      Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax 224
      Brown Falcon Falco berigora 239
      Tasmanian Native-hen Tribonyx mortierii 54 Gallinula
      Australian Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris 130 Pied 
      Sooty Oystercatcher Haematopus fuliginosus 131
      Hooded Plover Thinornis rubricollis 138
      Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles 133
      Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis 162
      Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 112 Sterna
      Pacific Gull Larus pacificus 126
      Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus 981
      Silver Gull Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae 125 Larus
      Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus 267
      Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita 269
      Green Rosella Platycercus caledonicus 285
      Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor 309
      Orange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster 305
      Ground Parrot Pezoporus wallicus 311
      Pallid Cuckoo Cacomantis pallidus 337 Cuculus
      Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis 338
      Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae 322
      Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus 529
      Southern Emu-wren Stipiturus malachurus 526
      Tasmanian Scrubwren Sericornis humilis 495
      Scrubtit Acanthornis magna 487 A. magn us
      Striated Fieldwren Calamanthus fuliginosus 500
      Tasmanian Thornbill Acanthiza ewingii 473
      Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla 475
      Spotted Pardalote Pardalotus punctatus 565
      Forty-spotted Pardalote Pardalotus quadragintus 571
      Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus 976
      Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris 591
      Yellow-throated Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavicollis 616
      Yellow Wattlebird Anthochaera paradoxa 639
      Crescent Honeyeater Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus 630 P. pyrrhopter a
      New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae 631
      Strong-billed Honeyeater Melithreptus validirostris 582
      Black-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus affinis 584
      Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae 424
      Olive Whistler Pachycephala olivacea 405
      Grey Shrike-thrush Colluricincla harmonica 408
      Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus 547
      Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus 702
      Australian Magpie Cracticus tibicen 705 Gymnorhina
      Black Currawong Strepera fuliginosa 696
      Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa 361 treated as conspecific with Grey 
Fantail R. fuliginosa
      Forest Raven Corvus tasmanicus 868
      Satin Flycatcher Myiagra cyanoleuca 366
      Dusky Robin Melanodryas vittata 386
      Silvereye Zosterops lateralis 574
      Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena 357
      Tree Martin Petrochelidon nigricans 359 Hirundo
      Bassian Thrush Zoothera lunulata 779
      Common BlackbirdI Turdus merula 991
      Common StarlingI Sturnus vulgaris 999
      Beautiful Firetail Stagonopleura bella 650
      House SparrowI Passer domesticus 995
      European GoldfinchI Carduelis carduelis 996
      Common GreenfinchI Chloris chloris 997 Carduelis


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