Brown Booby in Tasmania

Subject: Brown Booby in Tasmania
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2011 14:20:15 +1000
Hello all (but particularly Tasmanian birdos),

While on the UTAS School of Zoology field excursion at Fortescue Bay,
Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania on the weekend, I was shown some photos of
what I believe is probably a Brown Booby on the Hippolyte Rocks (Date
was Saturday 2nd April). Brown Boobies are very rare in Tasmania.....
(no sniggering). Actually, I am wondering if they have been seen in
Tas before, I don't have access to the necessary literature at the
moment to check on this.

I haven't seen the bird in person and the photos were distant (I'm
awaiting copies) but I don't believe it was an immature gannet.
Unfortunately I was busy showing students honeyeaters and thornbills
and didn't get the opportunity to go on a boat trip to see the

I just thought I would mention it straight away in case anybody was
super keen to add a Brown Booby to their Tas list.



Michael Todd
PhD Candidate- Tasmanian Masked Owl
School of Zoology,
University of Tasmania,
Private Bag 05, Hobart, Tasmania 7001

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