Forty-spotted Pardalotes are one of the hardest Tasmanian endemics to photograph well, due to its habit of usually staying in the canopy of the extremely tall White Gum trees it feeds on.
If you want to see Forty-spotted Pardalotes then the north end of Bruny Island is definitely the best place to visit. I saw them here at several roadside locations, but the best site I found was on private land that I was fortunate enough to have been generously invited onto by the landowner. On all the occasions I visited here I saw at least 20 individuals each time!
On one morning, several Forty-spotted Pardalotes were bathing in a small creek at the base of the valley and gave me fantastic close range, eye-level views as they preened their wet feathers and foraged for insects among the leaves.
Dusky Robins are also common on Bruny Island and a particularly good spot to view them is at the Jetty Beach campsite in the far south of the island.
The Dusky Robins were busy raising their fledglings whilst I was there and I spent about an hour photographing this fledgling as it patiently waited on its parents to return with the next tasty morsel.
It was always easy to tell when the parent bird was approaching as the juvenile would instantly switch into full begging mode!
Bassian Thrushes were also common around the campsite.
On the heaths along the Labillardiere track, a pair of Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters were busy nest-building and a Beautiful Firetail was living up to its name.
Butterfly Flag (Diplarrena moraea)
Tasmanian Christmas Bell (Blandfordia punicea)
Quite a few wildflowers were in bloom in the heaths, including numerous examples of the spectacular Tasmanian Christmas Bell.
Just moments after I took the photo of the dark storm clouds looming behind Cape Bruny Lighthouse, the heavens opened and the day's photography was cut short as I rushed to take shelter from the driving rain.
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang)
Dark storm clouds looming behind Cape Bruny Lighthouse
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