Another newly identified bird species in the valley, the Bassian Thrush, (Zoothera lunulata). I’ve seen these little scrub birds flitting about the undergrowth before but never long enough to identify them properly or get a shot. They are usually very shy and wary, very hard to spot and disappear as soon as the sense me.
I spotted this one only about 5-6 feet ahead on the path blending in with the forest floor litter and finally managed to snap off only a few quick shots before it scattered.
I had trouble identifying this one and first posted in a Tasmanian Bird Facebook group who ID’d it for me, though I’m not 100% convinced, though perhaps it is a juvenile or other sex. It looks quite different to the Bassian Thrush (464A) depicted in my Bird Guide (below) and more like the Song Thrush (466), though neither of these birds are indicated to be present in Tasmania.
However, a neighbour tells me the Bassian in the Tasmanian Birds book by Dave Watts, which states it’s an “uncommon resident” – and where to see: Fern Tree (just up the road), Weilangta Forest, Melalueca.
Here’s another shot of a Green Rosella, caught again raiding my ferns.
Thanks for flying by 😀