A Short Trip to Tasmania

To: "Jeremy O'Wheel" <>
Subject: A Short Trip to Tasmania
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:59:09 +1100
We found 40-spotted very easily at McCracken's Gully on Bruny (we reckoned
it was 2km from the turn off, not the 3km mentioned in Thomas & Thomas!).
Scrubtit we found in the lower part of the Mt Mangana walk - dipped at

On 28 March 2014 09:47, Jeremy O'Wheel <> wrote:

> Hi Kai,
> 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.
>  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
> Azure Kingfisher.
> 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 :)
> Cheers,
> Jeremy
> 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
> > there?
> >
> > 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
> >
> >
> > *Kai Schraml*
> >
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