Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
Date: 1 Dec 2014 06:34:55 +1000
   Birdline Tasmania

   Published sightings for the week ending 30 Nov 2014.

   Sat 29 Nov Australian Spotted Crake Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
   2 birds 'frolicking' or so it seemed. Southern end of lagoon very close
   to Hestercombe Rd.
   Jason Bolch
   Latham's Snipe Goulds Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary
   2 birds flushed from cover close to water at northern end.
   Jason Bolch
   Banded Lapwing Esk Hwy before Avoca
   A pair with their young were sighted close to highway (main road), also
   saw another pair on the wing crossing Royal George Road.
   Jason Bolch
   Mon 24 Nov Black Swan (breeding) Roaring Beach Lagoon
   A pair of Black Swans with five cygnets was observed on the lagoon. In
   nine years of observations at this site, this is the first sighting of
   a breeding pair.
   Cath de Little
   Swift Parrot, Bar-tailed Godwit Bir Roaring Beach, Surveyors Bay
   Five Swift Parrots observed flying between two young blue gums
   (Eucalyptus globulus) in flower, with their unmistakable chattering and
   calling. A lone Bar-tailed Godwit was ramming its bill into the wet
   tidal sand; only the second sighting on this beach, first in 2006.
   Cath de Little
   Sun 23 Nov Lathams Snipe Hydro Bay, Arthurs Lake
   At least a dozen birds disturbed while walking across the marsh leading
   down to the lake.
   Bill Scott-Young
   Sat 22 Nov Swift Parrot Tatnells Hill, above Waterfall Bay, Tasman
   Perhaps forty or so Swift Parrots in very active and noisy small
   parties among the wet scrubland by the coastal track on the E side of
   Tatnells Hill, above the Eucalyptus delegatensis treeline. The birds
   seemed to be feeding in low vegetation and periodically flying up into
   the scattered myrtle and other trees. I could never confirm feeding,
   but the most likely blossoms for them would be Richea dracophylla or
   Anopterus glandulosus - not exactly typical parrot-food! On the subject
   of Swift Parrots, those that were around Taroona in the spring have now
   moved on, but I'm still hearing and seeing those that have been hanging
   around flowering bluegums at Rosny College and the Rosny Hill TMAG
   facility for the past few weeks.
   Simon Grove
   Southern Giant Petrel (white morph), Northern Royal Albatross, Salvin's
   Albatross etc. Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip
   A beautiful white morph Southern Giant Petrel was one of the highlights
   of this trip. The bird had clean, white plumage with no dark feathers
   at all but had dark eyes and bluish feet, so wasn't an albino. Photo
   courtesy of Rob Hamilton. Other highlights included 2 Northern Royal
   Albatross, 2 immature Salvin's Albatross, a White-headed Petrel and 5
   Parasitic Jaegers, which is a high count for an Eaglehawk trip.
   Paul Brooks and all aboard the Pauletta
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