Bird Surveys

We formally monitor bird species four times a year at four different sites but we also keep our eyes open for birds throughout the year, particularly for threatened and unusual bird species. We also record nesting sites and breeding behaviour.





Black duck nest








Brush bronzewing squabs









Newly fledged brown falcons





We keep records of our sightings of four larger raptors, swamp harriers, grey goshawks, white-bellied sea eagles and wedge-tailed eagles. The latter three are threatened species in Tasmania. The numbers of each species seen are broadly similar each year.

Observations of large raptors in 2015-16. Means refer to prior years: four years (2010 - 14) for the swamp harrier, and six years (2008 - 14) for other species


Birds seen (mean)

Single birds (mean)

Pairs (mean)

Swamp harrier

6 (14.8) 4 (10.3) 1 (2.3)

Grey goshawk

1 (4.7) 1 (4.3) 0 (0.2)

White-bellied sea eagle

5 (5) 3 (4.3) 0 (0.3)

Wedge-tailed eagle

0 (7.3) 0 (4.0) 0 (1.7)

The numbers of brown quail have reduced dramatically in recent times. In 2010 we recorded small flocks of quail on 16 occasions. In 2011 we saw three flocks and since then we have only seen two birds on a single occasion.

There are 69 bird species on our cumulative bird list for the property.

Rubicon Bird List 2008 - 2016. e - endemic; i - introduced; m - migrant

Australian Magpie
Australian Pipit
Australian Shelduck
Black Duck
Black Swan
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (m)
Black-headed Honeyeater (e)
Blue-winged Parrot
Brown Falcon
Brown Quail
Brown Thornbill
Brush Bronzewing
Chestnut Teal
Common Blackbird (i)
Common Bronzewing
Common Starling (i)
Crescent Honeyeater
Domestic Rooster
Dusky Woodswallow (m)
Eastern Rosella
Eastern Spinebill
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Flame Robin
Forest Raven
Golden Whistler
Goldfinch (i)
Great Cormorant
Green Rosella (e)
Greenfinch (i)
Grey Butcherbird
Grey Currawong
Grey Fantail Grey Shrike-thrush

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
House Sparrow (i)
Laughing Kookaburra (i)
Little pied Cormorant
Little Wattlebird
Masked Lapwing
New Holland Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Pacific Gull
Pallid Cuckoo
Pied Oystercatcher
Scarlet Robin
Sea Eagle
Shining bronze Cuckoo
Silver Gull
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Sulphur crested Cockatoo
Superb Fairy-wren
Swamp Harrier
Swift Parrot
Tasmanian native Hen
Welcome Swallow (m)
White-faced Heron
White throated Needle tail
Wood Duck
Yellow Wattlebird (e)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Yellow-throated Honeyeater (e)
Shining bronze Cuckoo