Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
Date: 3 Jun 2013 07:40:21 +1000

Birdline Tasmania

Published sightings for the week ending 2 Jun 2013.

Sun 2 Jun Banded Stilt Ralphs Bay Conservation Area, Lauderdale
Sunny mild day. Short walk from Hill St down to causeway. Banded Stilt (6) 2 with mottled banding at breast, others fully banded. In the smaller lagoon on the East side of the causeway south past Hill St. Grocer. Easily identifiable and photographed.
Jeremy O'Wheel

Sun 2 Jun Pink-eared duck Goulds Lagoon, Granton
We stopped in at Goulds Lagoon on the way home from Oatlands. There were 5 pink-eared ducks on the eastern side of the main lagoon at 4:30pm. Barred sides, black eye patch and shape of bill were quite disctinctive. The group stayed close together all the time. I got photos good enough for identification but they were too far away for a quality shot. There were also Australasian shovelers on the water. We saw groups of 40+ shovelers on each side of the Bridgewater causeway on the way north in the morning.
Paul Tildesley

Red-capped Plover Leven River breakwall, Ulverstone
Group of 15 birds loafing on the breakwall in the late afternoon winter sun. Not an unusual species, but quite a large grouping, especially as numbers were down in most areas in the recent resident shorebird survey.
John Tongue

Sat 1 Jun Pink-eared Duck Copper Creek, 10km south of Smithton
Seldom seen in Tas. Single bird busily feeding with hundreds of other waterfowl on nearly empty farm dam, immediately west of Irishtown/Edith Reek Rd.
Hazel Britton, Richard Ashby

Wed 29 May Wedge-tailed Eagle Turner's Beach
Single bird flying low towards the west, around Camp Clayton, being mobbed by about 4 Forest Ravens.
John Tongue

Sun 19 May Red-rumped Parrot Linden Road, Risdon Vale
A male and female perched on a fence. [Moderator's note: there is the possibility that these birds are escaped pets - PB.]
Kate Booth

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