15 comments on “Birding in Eastern Tassie – Part 6 – Freycinet NP and Maria Island NP

  1. Beautiful photos, Ashley! So many ‘new’ birds for me, I enjoyed them all. Your bird of the week, the Green Rosella is stunning! Love the little black duck video and messages throughout, all wonderful.

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    • Thanks Donna, yes, the Green Rosella was a lifer we were really excited seeing in several places in Tassie. Thanks for your encouraging comments, and enjoy your spring week and the new birds that you may see being nested:-)

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    • Thanks Donna, the bird below the Spotted Pardalote is the New Holland Honeyeater, and they appear adult, though it is possible that ones on the grass may have had younger ones with them. The little Superb Fairy-wren in morph is a young male changing to adult and is not a honeyeater, but insectivorous, and is constantly moving quickly from bush to bush eating insects and leaf scale etc.

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  2. That is a wonderful update of your trip. Really enjoyed the Cape Barren Geese, such wonderful grey birds.
    And of course those wonderful Forty Spotted. Never seen them, but would be so excited.
    Travel well

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    • Thanks David, yes the Cape barrens are always a delight to see down south. The Forty Spotter has been elusive to several of my fellow birders, including myself, and is a bit like seeing a Regent Honeyeater in the wild, you have to be in the right place at the right time. Thanks for your welcome comments:-)

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  3. Nice post! I had a lovely day on Maria Island. Some great birding but I never got the eyes on the elusive Forty-spotted pardalote or the Tasmania devil. I was delighted with a close encounter nesting penguin, though. Thanks for sharing your experience of a really beautiful part of the planet.

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    • Thanks David, Yes that 40 spotter is a very elusive bird for all of us. It has been said that the best place to see it is on a private property on Bruny Island where a family have cabins and bird tours, because they have breeding boxes for the bird. I only wish we had more time, but as Forest Gump said, It is like that ‘box of chocolates’ his mother described, and so it is with our birding motto ‘you never know what you are going to get when you go out birding to any place. That penguin would have been a great find!

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    • Thanks Lee, it has been quite a journey the last month or so taking my blogger friends to Tassie, and now I can get back to the birds at home again, until our next trip. Have a blessed peaceful week of healing in the Father’s arms:-)

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  4. Great post! I enjoyed reading about your trip to Maria Island, that’s another place I’ve yet to get to. Did you happen to spy any wombats or tassie devils while on the island or do they only appear at night now? I believe both used to appear in daylight for visitors to see. And I loved your video of the little black duck, absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful adventures.

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    • Thanks Sue, Yes we did see one very large wombat in Maria Island as we were leaving at Darlington, but no Tassie Devils, though I heard some people on the boat say they did see them, but I think they stayed overnight. We would have loved to stay longer but we were on a time schedule. We would have seen much more had we been staying on the island. thanks for your comments, have a great week:-)

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  5. Wonderful post, again, my friend…far too many beautiful birds to pick a favorite 😘 and many that I have never seen before. What a blessed trip you had, reading about it I feel happy like the little duck jumping up and down in the video 🙂

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    • Thanks Tiny, it delights me so much to know you enjoyed coming on our trip, I only wish we had longer there, we would have covered much more. Have a wonderful restful week my friend:-)

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