It's possible to see all the endemics in a day from around Hobart. I'd
recommend the following places;
Bruny Island for at least a day. You should see many of the endemics here
(all are possible), but the specific one to look out for is the
Forty-spotted Pardalote. Inala is a birding/wildlife tour company that has
a property with forty-spots on it, so that's often the best place to go.
http://www.inalabruny.com.au/. Swift Parrots are a good chance at Bruny
too, although I'm guess they must be ready to leave soon.
Port Arthur for the Tasmanian Masked Owls, as mentioned. They're usually
considered a subspecies, but I assume that Owls of the World gives them
full species status.
Peter Murrell Reserve (Kingston) for any endemics that you miss on Bruny.
You can get 40 spots here too, but it's harder than Bruny.
Pipeline Track from Fern Tree is probably the best place for Scrubtit and
Tas Thornbill, which are mainly found in rainforest (or mixed forest with
rainforest under-storey), any of the walking around Mt Wellington should be
ok for these. You'll have a 99% chance of getting Black Currawong at
higher elevations around the mountain. The wetter walks to the South of
the mountain are best.
Other than those places for endemics, I'd recommend Goulds Lagoon in
Granton (northern suburbs of Hobart), which is a great small wetlands,
where you have a chance of all the crakes, as well as Lewin's Rail, and
there are some Freckled Ducks there at the moment, that have been there
fore a year now. Swift Parrots are also possible.
Orielton Lagoon between Midway Point and Sorell is good for migratory
waders (take Shark Point Rd) and cross the fence at the sty and sign past
the golf course.
It's a bit of a trek but Cockle Creek is a good trip for Ground Parrots, as
well as Southern Emu-wren, and there's a chance of the Tas subspecies of
If you can, you could book flights to Melaluca. Orange-bellied Parrots are
still there (but you may want to check again before booking flights). This
is basically the only place where you're likely to see them in the wild,
but they'll be migrating soon.
Hope that helps and best of luck. If you find yourself dipping on a
specific endemic and running out of time, feel free to email me and I'll
give you my best spots, but I imagine you should get them all without too
much trouble :)
On 27 March 2014 20:46, Kai <> wrote:
> Dear Friends,
> I wanted to first of all thank each of you for your words of welcome to two
> transplants from the US and all the wonderful birding advice we have
> received from this forum. What an amazing set of birds you have here! I
> still can't get over the Gang-Gang and Yellow-Tailed Blacks in my
> neighborhood! Not to mention the White Phase Grey Goshawk perched in the
> forest behind our house. All these amazing birds with very little effort
> spent. What beauties! I can't wait till we actually have a chance to put
> some time and effort into the birding.
> We have had a heck of a time getting settled and barely even scratched the
> surface of what there is to see here locally in Sydney. Yet, through very
> fortunate circumstance we will have the opportunity to spend a week in
> Tasmania starting on the 4th of April. It may be our only chance to
> visit--and we are eager to be sure to hit as many of the best birding spots
> we can. We will be staying in Hobart, but have the opportunity to spend two
> nights elsewhere and have a car at our disposal as well. If you were us,
> where would you go? Where are the best places to find the endemics? Are
> there any B&B's oriented to birders/outdoor adventure types that are not in
> the Hobart area? What else would you be sure to see/do while you were
> Anyway, any and all advice would be most welcome. Feel free to send it
> privately, but if you think it will benefit others, perhaps the rest of the
> list would enjoy it too.
> Many thanks in advance,
> *Kai Schraml*
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