Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
Date: 5 Aug 2013 07:14:46 +1000

Birdline Tasmania

Published sightings for the week ending 4 Aug 2013.

Sat 3 Aug Nankeen Night Heron Queechy Lake, Launceston
9 and possibly 10 birds roosting on island in the middle of the lake. The deciduous trees were offering them virtually no cover.
John and Shirley Tongue

Fri 2 Aug Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo Baker's Beach Road, Northern Tas
At least 200 birds feeding noisily in pine plantation on road to Narawntapu NP, the noise setting off 4 or 5 Black Currawongs in amongst the flock.
John and Shirley Tongue

Tue 30 Jul Freckled Duck Goulds Lagoon, Granton
About 6 Freckled Duck were sunning themselves and preening and Pink-eared Duck was feeding near the hide.
Els Wakefield

Scrubtit Paton Park Scout Camp, Ulverstone
Two birds seen foraging the loose bark on branches quite high in Eucalypts of a wet Euc. forest. Only the second time I've seen this species not around the floor and lower branches/trunks etc. of rainforest. The previous time was a single bird scouring high branches of a dead tree at Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain.
John Tongue

Mon 29 Jul Ground Parrot South Cape Bay Track
Ground Parrot (2) seen very well on the deck on South Cape Bay track. At least another 6 heard, probably more.
Tim Bawden

Sun 28 Jul Southern Royal Albatross, Southern and Northern Giant Petrel, White-fronted Tern Eaglehawk Pelagic
A Birdlife Australia pelagic off Eaglehawk Neck recorded 19 species beyond Pirates Bay. Highlights were excellent views of Southern Royal Albatross, White-fronted Tern, and the more common species of albatross. Other species included Southern Giant-Petrel, Northern Giant-Petrel, Great-winged Petrel and Common Diving Petrel.
Rohan Clarke

Scrubtit Adventure Bay
One pair photographed together along Fitzgeralds Rd. Thanks to Tonia Cochran for the tip off!
Bernie OKeefe

Forty-spotted Pardalote 'Inala', South Bruny Island
A great weekend in Tasmania photographing all endemics. Many thanks for the advice given by Paul Brooks and the help from Tonia Cochran from 'Inala'. The Forty Spotted Pardalote was photographed at 'Inala' as two birds were seen coming in and out of a small hollow.
Bernie O'Keefe

Nankeen Night-heron Bell's Parade, Latrobe
At least 6 individuals. Species has been in this area for a number of years, and though such numbers have been reported before, I have not personally had so many. Could have been more, but observed close to dusk, and birds perched more exposed were becoming a little agitated.
John Tongue

Sat 27 Jul White-faced Heron Taranna
A dense flock of ~45 individuals (+ 1 Cattle Egret) in a paddock just south of Taranna on the Tasman Peninsula at about 1645 was presumably a pre-roosting aggregation.
Rohan Clarke

White-headed Petrel, White-fronted Tern and Southern Skua Eaglehawk Pelagic
A Birdlife Australia pelagic off Eaglehawk Neck recorded 22 species beyond Pirates Bay. Highlights were good but brief views of White-headed Petrel and excellent views of Southern Skua, White-fronted Tern and the more common species of albatross. Other species included Wandering Albatross, Great-winged Petrel and Common Diving Petrel.
Rohan Clarke

White-necked Heron Farmland near Priory, North of St Helens
Single bird in paddock north of St Helens and south of Priory. A single bird was also spotted in a paddock east of Gladstone on the road to Mt William National Park on July 5th.
Adrian Sheahan

Hooded Plover Bruny Island
A flock of 31 Hooded Plovers were observed on the beach appoximately 1.5 km north of the penguin rookery at the Neck. About a third of the birds were immatures. Another four birds were observed closer to the penguin rookery as well as a single Double-banded Plover and ten Red-capped Plovers
Rowan Mott

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Forth historic cemetery/Harvest Moon vegie factory
Tried to photograph some Rainbow Lorikeets feeding high in Euc. trees at old cemetery, in poor lighting. When enhancing the shots later, realised one was a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet. Probable aviary escapee, but flying with the feral Rainbows.
John Tongue

White-Necked Heron Scotchtown and Sisters Hills
One bird with Great Egret south of Scotchtown, near Smithton, two more roosting in tall eucalypt at dusk on Bass Hwy at Sisters Hills, south of Rocky Cape National Park. Looks like this species, in league with Freckled Duck and Nankeen Night Heron are planning a state takeover!
Richard Ashby, Hazel Britton

Fri 26 Jul Straw-necked Ibis Sqeaking Point near Port Sorell
2 Straw-necked Ibis feeding with large group of White-faced Heron in wet paddock close to riparian vegetation, on private farm, approx. 1 km south of Squeaking Point on west side of Rubicon Estuary.
Hazel Britton, Alison Parks, Tony Britz

Mon 22 Jul Azure Kingfisher Snug River and Snug Village Hostel
An Azure Kingfisher was sighted four weeks ago in the first loop of the Snug River before the second golden poplar, if walking up-stream along the river bank. It was perched on a dead branch. The sighting was reported to Els Wakefield by Suzan Roe and her son Jonathan who live in Snug near the river. They have not sighted it since, despite regular searches. Suzan also reported a second confirmed sighting of an Azure Kingfisher in 1998 when one was killed by flying into the window at the Snug Village Hostel and she was able to identify it in the hand.
Els Wakefield on behalf of Suzan and Jonathan Roe

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