In an hour walk around the property, I saw 24 species including 8 of the 12 endemics. Unfortunately, the windy conditions kept many of the small bush birds, including the Forty-spotted Pardalote (which I did see, so another lifer for me!), high in the canopy of a small patch of Eucalyptus viminalis out of range for any sensible photography. However, I did manage to capture a few birds:
|Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Inala, Bruny Island|
|Tree Martin, Inala, Bruny Island|
|Scarlet Robin (female), Inala, Bruny Island|
Also on the property are Bennett's Wallabies including the rare "albino" wallabies. They are not actually albinos but are almost pure white.
|Red-necked (Bennett's) Wallaby, Inala, Bruny Island|
Late in the afternoon I drove to Jetty Beach following the tip from Tim Dolby in his report of a recent trip to Tasmania. Tim is absolutely spot on - the campground at Jetty Beach is a fantastic place for birds. I stayed in the one location for about 30 minutes and saw more than 20 species of birds including these that made easy photographic subjects:
|Dusky Robin, Jetty Beach, Bruny Island|
|Black-headed Honeyeater (immature), Jetty Beach, Bruny Island|
|Green Rosella, Jetty Beach, Bruny Island|
|Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Jetty Beach, Bruny Island|
On the way back to Inala, I stopped at Cloudy Bay Lagoon
and found a Pacific Gull fishing in the offshore shallows
|Pacific Gull, Cloudy Bay Lagoon, Bruny Island|
I've seen other birds, particularly herons and egrets using this technique (flying low over the water flapping wings) to stir up fish but this was the first time I've seen a gull doing it.