The first thing you'll see when you get off the ferry to Maria Island are Cape Barren Geese. These odd-looking geese are common around the Darlington area and are extremely tame.
Despite their abundance, their future on the island is uncertain as I heard their breeding success has been practically zero since the introduction of the Tasmanian Devils and their numbers are declining.
Another conspicuous and pretty tame species on the walk from the jetty to the peniteniary is Tasmanian Native-hen, a common endemic found throughout most of Tasmania.
Around the Hobart area, the endemic Black Currawong appeared to only occur at higher altitudes and was replaced by the Grey Currawong at lower altitudes and in coastal areas. On Maria Island, however, they can be seen everywhere and are common at all altitudes.
I didn't find the forests of Maria Island to be very productive as far as bird photography went. The island holds one of the largest populations of Forty-spotted Pardalotes in Tasmania but Striated and Spotted Pardalotes also commonly occur and all the pardalotes I was able to identify on Maria Island were all Striated Pardalotes. Forty-spotted Pardalotes feed almost exclusively in White Gums and the trees here are all extremely tall so even if I had managed to spot one, photographing it would have been an impossibility without a hefty dose of luck.
Green Rosellas are more yellowish than green...
Flame Robins are common on Maria Island. They could, however, be a bit flighty at times and getting close enough for decent photos was not particularly easy.
The coastal scrub was home to a few pairs of White-fronted Chats.
Nearby on the beach near the painted cliffs, after the day-trippers had all left, I spent an hour or so photographing a pair of Hooded Plovers as they foraged among the seaweed along the tide-line.
Dusky Woodswallows are common on Tasmania and are always very photogenic.
Back on the Tasmanian mainland, I spent a bit of time exploring the areas around Orford and Swansea in the hope that some Fairy Terns had returned to breed. I didn't have any luck with the terns but I did get a few other bits and pieces such as Pelicans and Oystercatchers.
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
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