Melaleuca is the only real chance for OBPs, so hopefully the weather will be
fine for you. There could well be Ground Parrots in the area as well, though
they're notoriously difficult. Walking on tracks through the buttongrass may
flush them if they're about, but they also tend to drop straight back down into
cover and disappear.
Forty-spots on Bruny are likely anywhere you get Eucalyptus viminalis woodland,
though we've found them mainly on North Bruny, especially in wooded gullies on
the eastern side of the Island. Swift Parrots could turn up wherever there are
flowering Eucalypts. Even around Mt Nelson (a southern suburb of Hobart) is a
likely spot for them.
Scrubtits and Pink Robin are much more birds of the wet forests, as such, you
won't have much chance on North Bruny, but the various forests of South Bruny
are good spots for them. I'd try the Forest drive across from Adventure Bay
toward Cape Bruny, in the Southwest (can't remember the name of the Forest
On 09/12/2010, at 1:11 PM, Mikael Bauer wrote:
> I'll be traveling in Tasmania the next couple of days and hope to catch up
> with the local endemics on Burny Island. Could anybody assist me where the
> best chances are to catch up with Forty-spotted Pardalotes and Swift Parrots
> on Burny island? Also any advice for where to see scrubtits and Pink Robin
> would be much appreciated!
> If weather permits I'll also make a dash for OBPs at Melaleuca - are there
> also Ground Parrots in the same area?
> Mikael Bauer
> Lund, Sweden
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