Thanks and RFI Tasmania

To: mebalestri <>
Subject: Thanks and RFI Tasmania
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 14:49:29 +1100
Hi Marcia,
It is certainly possible to get all the Tasmanian endemics in a day (I think 
the record is about 5 hours!).  However, it could be tricky relying on public 

The best place to pick up all the endemics is Bruny Island, however, you'd need 
to hire a vehicle, or get someone to take you.  There aren't many professional 
birding guides in Tassie, but if you were to stay the night at Bruny Island, at 
Inala, then they would certainly show you around the Island.  You can also book 
other bird-watching tours tours through them,  Contact is:

Alternately, you may get onto many of the Endemics around Mt Wellington, and 
Public Transport (Bus) to there is OK, at least to Ferntree, where you have a 
chance of most of the honeyeaters, Green Rosella, Tas Scrubwren, Tas Thornbill 
and Scrubtit.  For Black Currawong, you're more likely higher up the mountain, 
but that may entail some walking (climbing?).  Native Hens are pretty common 
around creeks on the outskirts of Hobart, and Dusky Robins in open farming 
country around Hobart.  Depending on what transport you can get, the Meehan 
Range Conservation Park, between Hobart and the Airport is often good - quite 
dry open woodland, but goodfor Honeyeaters, Black and Grey Currawongs, 
Rosellas, and lots of other things.

Hope this proves helpful, and if you want more detailed instructions, perhaps 
you can contact me "off list".

John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tasmania

On 09/02/2010, at 9:35 AM, mebalestri wrote:

> I just wanted to thank all you kind folks who responded to my long RFI.  I
> have some great places to visit on my list of things to do.
> I am still looking for some info on Tasmania.  I would like to see as many
> endemics as I can, but only have a day (Feb 25).  I will be back someday for
> a longer visit, but not this year. Is there a guide service I can use or can
> I get to most places that I need to by public transportation?
> I also have a day each in Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam and
> Sihanoukville, Cambodia.  Has anyone birded either of these places that
> could recommend a park or somewhere to go?
> --
> Marcia Balestri
> Frederick, MD, USA
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