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Forty Spotted Pardalote taken North Bruny Island in Tasmania. by Alwyn Simple
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Forty Spotted Pardalote taken North Bruny Island in Tasmania. by 


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I had all but given up finding these birds after three days of searching at tinderbox and on Bruny Island. Then by chance after getting on to the internet and searching for more information, I found three of these small rare birds.

The forty spotted Pardalote is one of the smallest birds in Australia and is threatened with extinction. It is found in suitable habitat in a few, scattered eastern and southern localities, including Maria Island, Bruny Island, Tinderbox and Flinders Island.

It lives live in dry eucalypt forests and woodlands only where white gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) occurs.

The Forty-spotted Pardalote belongs to a group known as ‘diamond birds’ because of their tiny, jewel-like appearance. Measuring about 90 – 100 mm, the body is light olive green with pale yellow around the eye and on the rump. The wings are black with distinctive white dots. Unlike its close relative, the spotted pardalote, there are no head markings.

I specialise in Photographing birds in their natural environment. To date I have photographed over 450 Australian species. If you like to view great bird shots please visit my site. I also like to photograph Landscape scenes but this is my second choice. I love nature and love to see and capture it when it is living free.

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Comments

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsabout 2 years ago

    What a legend .. cute little bird & great info ! Well done Alwyn.

  • Thanks Michael. Was stoked to get this little fellow.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Donovan wilson
    Donovan wilsonabout 2 years ago

    Top work Alwyn and i am happy you got it as it sounds like you did the hard yards..

  • Many thanks Donovan for your support and encouraging words. As you know some birds are very hard to find and it is only determination that finally rewards us. I will not be stopping in this trip as when I leave Tasmania I now have other commitments. Still hope to catch up one day.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Many thanks Ray.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • pcfyi
    pcfyiabout 2 years ago

    Great News was featured on
    10-18-2012

  • Many thanks pcfyi. Greatly appreciated

    – Alwyn Simple

  • fungifun
    fungifunabout 2 years ago

    Fabulous work & such determination…. knew you wanted to get one of these. Great capture….. congratulations !!! Anita

  • Hi Anita, Many thanks for your support. We have managed to get all but one of the birds found only in Tasmania so we are doing well. Have a week to go so hope to get that last one. All the best. It was great to catch up again on the way down.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Jacqueline van Zetten
    Jacqueline van...about 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture! So beautiful. Congrats on your feature! Jackie:)

  • Many thanks Jacqueline for your wonderful comment.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • DIZZYHEIGHTS
    DIZZYHEIGHTSabout 2 years ago

    You echo my thoughts Alwyn. The hardest part in bird photography is the preparation in finding the bird. Taking the shot is the easy part. This is brilliant work. I can fully appreciate the work gone into it. Well done. Liz

  • Hi Liz. Many thanks for your wonderful comment. Yes you have to do bird photography to know how challenging it really is. Thanks for your support.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldabout 2 years ago

    WOW! I have read about these birds but never seen one…….now I know why….as always beaut shot

  • Many thanks Maree for your comment. Yes they are hard to find.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Ian Robertson
    Ian Robertsonabout 2 years ago

    Lovely image – haven’t managed one as yet. Saw them at Tinderbox a couple of weeks ago but they were two high in the gum tree.

  • Hi Ian, Could not find these at tinderbox but did find the ordinary spotted pardalotes. Where I got them on Bruny, (after a lot of research) I found them low to the ground in the bushes on the side of the road. I had Dave Watts book which confused me more than helping me. I have the GPS Co-ordinates if you want them.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

  • Many thanks Margaret

    – Alwyn Simple

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