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Bird watching at Inverawe

If bird watching is your brief, Inverawe is the place to be.  Grab the binoculars, slip the field guide into your pocket and hurry on down for some real bird watching.  102 species of birds have been spotted at Inverawe.  The 103rd is maybe out there, waiting for you!  Inverawe is a fringe habitat, where forest and pasture meet the shoreline, the wetlands and the tidal flats.  We've got bush birds, shore birds and birds of the grasslands.  Some are residents, others are visitors. 

All 12 endemics - birds that can only be found in Tasmania - have been seen at Inverawe.   One American visitor said "I've just seen 8 of the Tasmanian endemics - that's made  my visit!"    One bird spotter from the UK said "I've just seen a Tasmanian Thornbill - my first!" And Nathan, a young bird watcher, was delighted to be able to photograph a Grey Fantail sitting on its nest. 

Early morning (9.00 am entry) or late afternoon are the best times for bird watching.  Wear nondescript coloured, fairly shapeless clothes, sit quietly on one of our many seats and wait for the birds to come to you.  They're not tame but they're not shy, either.  Ask for a copy of the bird list or download one here. 

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Bird watching - In the field

On several occasions a Masked Owl has been seen, usually being harassed by Forest Ravens. A White Goshawk has been a frequent visitor and the Swampies regularly patrol the shoreline. We recently helped rescue a White Faced Heron that was suspended high in a tree, caught up in fishing line.

The Black Cocky, above?  They help out by pruning our Hakeas for us, tip pruning to get at the very hard seed pods.  They also track down borers by resting their heads against the trunks of Acacias and Casuarinas, listening for the chomp, chomp, chomp of the borers, hidden under the bark.  That's one smart bird!




Forty Spotted Pardalote

Eucalyptus viminalis woodland.  Rare and difficult to spot.  Listen for their ‘whht-whht’ call

Yellow Throated Honeyeater

Common in woodland, in the canopy.  Listen for their distinctive ‘plonk’ call

Black Headed Honeyeater

Woodlands.  Common.  Travels in small groups.

Strong Billed Honeyeater

Wet forest. Common but may be difficult to spot in the tree canopy

Yellow Wattle Bird

Forests and parks. Common, distinctive

Black Currawong

Wet forests and gullies.  Common. Listen for its loud rolling cry.

Green Rosella

Woodlands and parks.  Noisy and common

Native Hen

Flat grasslands near water.  Noisy and common


Woodlands.  Common. Look for its busy wren-like manner and ‘ts-ch’ repeated call


Wet forest.  Widespread, difficult to spot

Tasmanian Thornbill

Woodland.  Reasonably common

Dusky Robin

Open woodland.  Reasonably common but difficult to distinguish in the field. Look for its alert, robin-like stance on a post or pole.

Lots of birds are at home in the bush at Inverawe.  Some are in the under-story, others are in the tree canopy, whilst birds of prey cruise the sky above.  The birds marked ** are on the endangered list. 


Yellow Wattlebird 

Grey Goshawk (white phase) **

Thornbill  (brown)

Small Wattlebird

Brown Falcon

Thornbill (Tas) 

New Holland Honeyeater

Small Falcon

Grey Fantail

Crescent Honeyeater

Collared Sparrowhawk

Gold Finch

Blackheaded Honeyeater 

Swamp Harrier


Yellow Throated Honeyeater 

Wedge Tailed Eagle **


Strong Billed Honeyeater 

Peregrine Falcon

Tree Martin

Superb Blue Wren

Masked Owl


Pallid Cuckoo

Forest Raven

Southern Boobook

Grey Butcher Bird

Black Currawong 


Striated Pardalote


Native hen 

Spotted Pardalote

Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike


40 Spotted Pardalote   **



Flame Robin

Welcome Swallows

Bronzewing (Pigeon)

Scarlet Robin

Green Rosella 

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo

Dusky Robin 

Swift Parrot **

Pink and Grey Galah

 White Fronted Chat

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Ground Thrush

Horsfield"s Bronze Cuckoo Fan Tailed Cuckoo Musk Lorikeet
Fork Tailed Swift Shining Bronze Cuckoo

Rainbow Lorikeet

Tawny Frogmouh Brown Goshawk Little Corella
Satin Flycatcher Brown Quail Golden Whistler
Grey Shrike Thrush Dusky Woodswallows Olive Whistler
Blackbird Sparrow Starling

At low tide many species of birds are seen feeding on the tidal flats or around the shore line: oyster catchers, ducks, heron and egret.  At high tide the swans and pelicans take over, with visits from petrels and terns. 

On the grasslands masked lapwings are always present whilst swans, ducks and grebes rest on the lower reaches of the river.  Somewhere close at hand are gulls and cormorants.  Swamp harriers patrol the grasslands and swamps, whilst sea eagles make routine sweeps over the bay.  Cape Barron geese and pacific heron are rare, occasional visitors


Masked Lapwing

Little Pied Cormorant


Great Egret

Great Cormorant

Hoary Grebe

Pied Oystercatcher

Little Black Cormorant

Cape Barron Goose

Sea Eagle

Black Winged Petrel

Pacific Heron

Silver Gull

Crested Tern

Black Swan

Dominican Gull

Sooty Oyster Catcher

Wood Duck

Pacific Gull

Caspian Tern

Chestnut Teal

White Faced Heron

Pacific Black Duck

Grey Teal
Sooty Oystercatcher Royal Spoonbill Musk Duck
Cattle Egret Caspian Tern Blue Winged Shoveller
Eastern Curlew Banded Lapwing Blue Billed Duck
Bar Tailed Godwit    










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