Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
Date: 10 Jun 2013 07:55:23 +1000

Birdline Tasmania

Published sightings for the week ending 9 Jun 2013.

Sun 9 Jun White-necked Heron, Azure Kingfisher Cockle Creek 10' Cell
Single White-necked Heron in non-breeding plumage foraging on grassy area at Moss Glen. Azure Kingfisher perched on branches overhanging Cockle Creek estuary around 9am. Seen around 1pm at same spot being pursued into the forest by a Black Currawong whilst emitting a piping alarm call. Possible second bird or the same bird seen not long after perched on stick emerging from creek about 40 metres from original sighting.
Paul Brooks

Fri 7 Jun Banded Stilt, Bar-tailed Godwit Ralphs Bay Conservation Area, Lauderdale
Cool sunny morning with increasing wind. Very high low tide! Banded Stilt (6) Feeding beside the saltmarsh, on the bay side of the causeway. Bar-tailed Godwit (1) A surprise. With the Plovers and Stints.
Rob Hamilton

Fri 7 Jun Masked Owl Port Arthur
Heard calling just after dark, subsequently located perched on a low limb of a large blue gum on the southern side of Mason Cove. A male bird, judging by size and light-coloured plumage.
Paul Brooks

Wed 5 Jun White-necked Heron Bruny Island
White-necked Heron (5) Seen in the paddock opposite the turnoff to Adventure Bay with several White-faced Heron. All had barring on the anterior neck as seen in non-breeding birds. 4 were still present on my return journey at 4.30pm.
Rob Hamilton

Wed 5 Jun Nankeen Night Heron Sisters Beach
Immature bird flushed from tee trees on Sisters Creek, 10m upstream of footbridge. First sighting in Sisters Beach that I know of.
Richard Ashby

Mon 3 Jun Pink-eared Duck, Freckled Duck Goulds Lagoon, Granton
Pink-eared Duck (5) still present the main lagoon. Took to the air at one point but came down not far away. Freckled Ducks (7) still on eastern side of main lagoon.
Paul Brooks

Mon 3 Jun Pink-eared Duck Goulds Lagoon, Granton
Mostly overcast and threatening rain, but occasionlly brighter for a few minutes allowing photography. Following up Birdline report of from yesterday. Pink-eared Duck (5) In the middle of the lagoon, seen best from the road. Mainly sleeping in a loose group.
Rob Hamilton

Sun 2 Jun Wedge-tailed Eagle Flowerdale, near Wynyard
Five birds soaring, presumably at territorial boundaries, briefly interacting but without animosity.
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton

Nankeen Night Heron Wynyard, Old Hospital Creek
5-6 birds, including 2 immatures, flushed from tee trees. Someone else saw the sp nearby 10-15 y ago.
Hazel Britton, Richard Ashby

Sat 1 Jun Australian Owlet-nightjar Sisters Beach
Bird calling in big timber where Sisters Creek abuts Sisters Beach Road. Species probably here all the time if you have the patience to snoop around in the dark.
Richard Ashby, Erica Ashby, Hazel Britton

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