Flinders Island Trip Report

Subject: Flinders Island Trip Report
From: Janet Mattiske and Frank Pierce <>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 20:19:13 +1100

Flinders Island Trip Report

Janet and I spent an enjoyable week on Flinders Island from 8/12/10 to 15/12/10.

We stayed in the Cottage at Flinders Island Cabin Park and hired a Subaru Forester as a package deal. The accommodation was comfortable and was conveniently located near the airport, a few kms north of Whitemark.

The weather was very windy and mostly overcast except for two days of lighter wind and more sun.

We visited most areas on the island and recorded 81 species.

The 3 endemic subspecies (Superb Fairywren, White-browed Scrubwren and Black Currawong) were all common and easily seen.

Chukar has been mentioned in previous B-aus postings. ROCK PARTRIDGE is on the BA Atlas list and one was seen at the end of Badgers Corner Rd. This was on a cleared property called Partridge Farm, so independent feral status would be most unlikely.

Flinders Island is a quiet, relaxing destination. The locals recommend staying a bit longer than a week to allow for at least a few days of inclement weather. They also recommend March as being the 'least windy' time; however it is on the 40th parallel, so right in the zone of the Roaring 40's.

Species recorded were as follows: -

Indian Peafowl

Common Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Musk Duck

Cape Barren Goose

Black Swan

Australian Shelduck

Australian Wood Duck

Chestnut Teal

Pacific Black Duck

Brush Bronzewing

Short-tailed Shearwater

Little Pied Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant

Black-faced Cormorant

Australian Pelican

White-faced Heron

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Brown Goshawk

Swamp Harrier

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Nankeen Kestrel

Brown Falcon

Purple Swamphen

Australian Pied Oystercatcher

Sooty Oystercatcher

Red-capped Plover

Hooded Plover

Masked Lapwing

Bar-tailed Godwit

Eastern Curlew

Common Greenshank

Red-necked Stint

Fairy Tern

Caspian Tern

Crested Tern

Pacific Gull

Silver Gull

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Green Rosella

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Pallid Cuckoo

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Southern Boobook

Laughing Kookaburra

Superb Fairy-wren

White-browed Scrubwren

Striated Fieldwren

Tasmanian Thornbill

Spotted Pardalote

Striated Pardalote

Eastern Spinebill

Yellow-throated Honeyeater

White-fronted Chat

Crescent Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Olive Whistler

Golden Whistler

Grey Shrike-thrush

Australian Magpie

Black Currawong

Grey Fantail

Forest Raven

Scarlet Robin

Flame Robin

Dusky Robin

Eurasian Skylark


Welcome Swallow

Tree Martin

Bassian Thrush

Common Blackbird

Common Starling

Beautiful Firetail

House Sparrow

Australasian Pipit

European Goldfinch

Common Greenfinch

Rock Partridge


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