Birds of Tasmania
11 Comments »5th July, 2006; Category: Blogs, Photos
One birding site I often visit, mainly for the photos is Birds of Tasmania which features the birds of Tasmania. Some of the photos are quite beautiful.
Here some other sites featuring photos of birds:
Hampel Photo Gallery – am I allowed to list mine first??Sorry – we’ve closed this site.
- Ben Cruachan Blog – Duncan’s photos from SE Victoria.
- Woodsong – Dances with Moths – about birds, moths, animals and more.
Me again. Thank you for the compliment on my knowledge of birds – I do try to keep up with the names of all the birds I discover in my little part of the world.
Of course, the ones I happen to stumble accross represent just a small (i.e. the central) part of Slovenia. You see, we have many different parts: from mountains (the Alps) to sea (the Adriatic) to hillsides, covered with vineyards, Karst (with beautiful underground caves) and open plains on the Hungarian border. So, you can imagine that animals (including birds) differ from one part to another.
Birding is very much developed here. We have a special Bird-watching Society with some world-known ornithologists. They organize trips to different parts of the country so that other people can enjoy the beauty of bird-watching, too. They also keep track of all the rare and endangered species that live here or stop here during their migration. This year we had a special bird watch to isolate any possible case of aviary flu (one or two dead swans were found near the Hungarian border, but it was nothing too serious).
So, if you do decide to come to Europe one day, let me know. I’ll try to organize some nice bird-watching tours for you.
Enjoy your winter! 🙂
What a generous offer – thank you. I would love to visit Europe some day. In 2005 my daughter spent the year teaching near London UK and she travelled extensively in Europe (see her blog in the links section – called Rose’s Prose).
I am currently enjoying watching the Tour de France (we now get a complete coverage of every stage) and enjoy watching the landscape and the architecture. The cameramen know that our commentator is a birder and so they focus on quite a few birds as they follow the race.
I would love to visit the areas around where you live. My daughter spoke enthusiastically about swimming in the Adriatic. I’ve seen several travel programmes on TV about the Italian Amalfi coast and also a film about Umbria and would love to visit there (but not at the moment – the Italians knocked the Socceroos out of the World Cup – boo hoo). I would also love to visit Silesia in Poland because we can trace our family back to one little village there (this was nearly 200 years ago).
Australia has many keen ornithologists too. Over 8000 birders contributed their records to a recent Atlas of Australian Birds (1998-2002). To see the maps you can access this through the Birds Australia site (listed on my links section). Each state also has its own organisation.
Australia has a big range of different habitats too. Being surrounded by oceans sea birds feature prominently. Large areas have been cleared for farming (wheat, sheep, cattle) and this has created a grasslands type habitat. There are large areas of natural grasslands too. All along the eastern coastline there is a chain of mountains called the Great Dividing Range and this is mainly eucalypt woodland, forest and in the wetter north rainforest. This area has birds confined mainly to the ranges. Then there is the vast hot dry inland with a quite different assortment of species. The far northern coastline is different again with large areas being quite wet in summer due to monsoon rains from SE Asia.
With all this diversity one never gets bored with the birds in Australia.
[…] Birds of Tasmania … One birding site I often visit, mainly for the photos is Tassie Birds which features the birds of Tasmania. Some of the photos are quite beautiful. Here some other sites featuring photos of birds: Hampel Photo Gallery – am I allowed to list mine first?? Ben Cruachan Blog – Duncan s photos from SE Victoria. Woodsong – Dances with Moths – …Trevor s Birding […]
Hello, Can you tell me what this bird is in the second picture on this web site?
Please email me.
Sincerely, Kathy McKay
I looks like an Albatross, but I am not sure which species of Albatross. Many species of Albatross look very similar and because of the angle of the bird in the photo it is very hard to tell. Besides that, I have very little experience with any species of Albatross so I can’t even hazard a rough guess.
There are four of us on a cruise and we have rented a car for a day (we will have about six hours) and would love to get a list of the must see birding spots or at least a list of possible great places to see birds. I have searched the internet (hence finding you) but I am having trouble finding a map and list of places, lists of birds yes, suggestions… no…
any and all help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Hi there Cheryl,
Sorry about the delay in replying – it is probably too late to be of any help. Sorry.
More information can be obtained here:
Hope this helps,
I have some Nankeen Night Herons roosting in some cypress trees near our house. About two years a go one appeared and now there are two or three. Each evening they depart and fly out over the bay. The other night while watching them depart the three were joined by at least two others that arrived from another site. I am wondering whether they are common down this far south (Forestier Peninsula, Murdunna). Perhaps someone can advise me on this?
Sorry – I don’t have a good knowledge of the birds of Tasmania at all, not having been birding there.
If you go to the Birds of Tasmania site they might be able to help you. http://www.tassiebirds.blogspot.com.au/
Hi Trevor and Bob,
Nankeen Night Herons are sparsely spread across most of Tasmania. I’ve even heard of a pair roosting in a big tree in Lindisfarne (Suburban Hobart), a few years back. They are a pretty sociable bird, though, so will tend to ‘gather friends’. If you can put up with them, Bob (they can leave lots of yabby shells, etc. under their roost), then it’s quite special to have them about, because, as I say, they are generally so thinly spread across the State.
Thanks for your prompt response Trevor and John. These night herons here are no problem at all. You are exactly right John in that they have gathered friends and I have just a few minutes ago seen them off across the bay. They are often easily visible during the day and they have sparked quite a bit of local interest down here.
Thanks again for your help.