Royal Spoonbill (Queechy Lake, Launceston, Tasmania) - Now Nesting

Subject: Royal Spoonbill (Queechy Lake, Launceston, Tasmania) - Now Nesting
From: "James Melville" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 22:20:33 +1100
G'day again,

Further to my previous observation of two Royal Spoonbills roosting in trees
at Queechy Lake, Launceston (Tasmania) on the 25th December 2008 I would
like to share two further observations of this pair with the group. I
returned to Queechy Lake on the 1st of January to see if the pair were still
present at the lake or if they had moved on yet and I was quite happy to
find them still roosting in the trees on the same small island on Queechy
Lake. I returned again more recently on Sunday the 11th of January and at
first I actually thought that they had moved on as after half an hour of
searching this small area I had been unable to locate the birds. To my
delight I observed one of the spoonbills after approx half hour fly from
behind the island (out of view from all accessible points at the lake) and
land on the top of one of the trees. It was joined a very short time later
by the second bird. What made me even more excited however was that they had
drawn to my attention that they were actually nesting on the island. I am
unsure if they have bred yet or laid any eggs at this stage, however they
were actively adding nesting material to a fairly large nest built on one of
the trees on the island.  Other species I recorded at the Lake on the third
visit which were definitely nesting : Great Cormorant,   Little Pied
Cormorant,   Great Egret,   Eurasian Coot & Tasmanian Native-hen.

Does anyone out there know if there are many records of this uncommon
visitor (Royal Spoonbill) nesting in Tasmania?

James Melville

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