Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

December 4, 2018

Bruny Island

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Bruny Island – Tasmania

When I got to Hobart and drove straight through to the south and stayed at the Kingston Scout Camp for the night. What an excellent camp – they had hot showers, a kitchen camp – all for ten bucks a night. A bargain! In the morning I went for a walk around the archery range. There was not much around. The highlight would have been some Tasmanian Native-hen chicks.

Tasmanian Native-hen chick
Tasmanian Native-hen chicks

After breakfast I drove south to Kettering and was the last car on the ferry to Bruny Island. It was reasonably cheap – about $35 return. I had a horde of tourists behind me so I turned left at the first opportunity to get off the main road. I ended up in Barnes Bay, a nice little cove on the north of the island. It was quite prolific with birds around all the native trees and shrubs that the locals had planted.

Dusky Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)

Green Rosella
Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus)

I finally got a decent shot of a Green Rosella. Yay! Can do better, but.

Striated Pardalote
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus striatus)

This is the only shot I got of this Striated Pardalote, sub-species striatus.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa leachi)

As far as I know there are three types of Thornbills in Tasmania – Tasmanian, Brown and these Yellow-rumped Thornbills, sub-species leachi.

New Holland Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae canescens)

These New Holland Honeyeaters had me going for a while. I thought they were something new – doh! These are the local Tasmanian race but I cannot read it in the book so I have to look on the internet. Just looked and it is race canescens.

It was a shame that it started to rain – again! So I continued south and stopped off at the lookout and rookery for the fairy penguins. At the Neck, I found the camping ground and settled in for the afternoon.

Short-tailed Shearwater
Short-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna tenuirostris)

Last night I went to see the Fairy Penguins coming home. But it started to get dark and it was raining so I gave it a big miss. I did get some very dark photos of shearwaters. I think this is the right species – maybe ? Edit: yep. Just got confirmation from Nikolas. I guessed right. 🙂

Bruny Island Bird list

Tasmanian Native-hen
Superb Fairy-wren
Brown Thornbill
Dusky Woodswallow
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa leachi)
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae canescens)
Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus)
Yellow Wattlebird
Common Blackbird
Masked Lapwing
Australian Wood Duck
House Sparrow
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus striatus)
European Goldfinch
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang leggii)
Short-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna tenuirostris)

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