Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
Date: 20 Dec 2010 01:30:44 +1000

Birdline Tasmania

Published sightings for the week ending 19 Dec 2010.

Sat 18 Dec Rockhopper Penguin Channel Highway near Gordon south of Snug
Ken Simpson tells me that a juvenile Rockhopper Penguin was photographed alongside the Channel Highway near Gordon south of Snug, Tasmania yesterday (17 December) at 04.45 in the early morning gloom. After work the observer attempted to return but was interrupted by a thunderstorm. It was standing under pine trees. It is likely that the bird, which was very plump, is looking for a safe place to moult. Better photos are desired to confirm which form of Rockhopper and it would be nice to monitor its progress. Ken tells me that this is the 8th penguin reported on Australian shores this year. Unfortunately, a potentially twitchable Rockhopper on the breakwater at Portland, Victoria in early December was quickly collected and is now in the care of a Warrnambool vet. The next six weeks are the best time to be looking for moulting penguins.
Ken Simpson and Mike Carter per Tim Dolby

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