All Australian birders know that Tasmania has twelve endemics. They can all be found in a day, or even in a matter of hours if you know where to go and you are lucky. We had the best “guides” possible, our friends, the Collins. So Lynn and I nailed eleven of the twelve in a day of birding with them Tuesday. They said that if we hadn’t stopped for a short afternoon nap we probably could have found the Strong-billed Honeyeater as well. As it was, I was very grateful for eleven and we got the Strong-billed the next day on Bruny Island (where I am writing this blog). We saw three in the trees by the road less than 100 meters from our little cottage. I am, of course grateful!
As I have written repeatedly, this is not a photographic safari. The birding comes first and the photo comes second if possible. I have managed to get shots of the twelve endemics and I will post them for you. As is often the case, some are merely recording shots, but there are a few that I do quite like. I am grateful. I hope you enjoy them.
|Black Currawong (I just like this shot).|
|Green Rosella eating with its right foot. They are normally left footed I believe.|
|A couple of the Tasmanian Scrubwren|
|Tasmanian Thornbill going away and showing his trademark "white undies" that help to identify them from the very similar Brown Thornbill. |
|Scrubtit. Some would say the most difficult of the endemics. Our friend Graham spotted this one.|
|Dusky Robin |
|Strong-billed Honeyeater |
|Three shots of one of Australia's rarest birds, the Forty-spotted Pardalote. We saw one at The Peter Murrell Reserve, but these photos were taken on Bruny Island today where we saw at least five.|
|Yellow Wattlebird recording shot. Anne and Graham have these in their yard, but I didn't get around to taking any photos, so this one will do for now. And there you have the Tassie Twelve!|
We’ve been in this sweet little cottage that Anne found us on airBNB.
|The little "round" cottage. It's cozy and wonderful.|
|The view from the cottage... the owners have 200 acres out there. Amazing.|
|The view inside the cottage. Yes, I could live here (there is an ensuite as well).|
There are other photos that need posting and things that need writing about, and I will get to them as I can. I love having y’all along… just sometimes you are going to be a little behind. Sending love and best wishes from South Bruny Island. I am grateful.
Birds. Peace. Love. Earth. Laughter. Music.