I also had good views of a Clamorous Reed Warbler but as soon as it saw my camera it took to hiding among the reeds (where else would a Reed Warbler hide). I eventually got a photo when it landed in some Crack Willow but it is still half hidden by foliage. Another more common bird, but one I don't see in my local area, was the Australasian Shoveler.
There is a small island in the middle of the lake which can be seen in the second photo below. Among the trees on the island were at least 14 roosting Great Cormorants including a couple of juveniles and many empty nests. There were also Little Pied Cormorants and at least one Little Black Cormorant. The spoonbills also roost on this island.
Royal Spoonbills in Tasmania
Michael Sharland in "Birds of Tasmania" says the first ever recording of Royals Spoonbill in Tasmania was on 7th May 1957 at Kingston Beach, south of Hobart. A flock of nine was also regularly reported near Little Swanport (East Coast) at around this time. More recently Alan Fletcher's blog reports several sightings of Royal Spoonbill in the Sorell / Orielton Lagoon area in 2006 to 2007. The spoonbills at Queechy Lake have been reported regularly on Birdline Tasmania since December 2008.
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Female Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis)
All up 22 species were seen in a relatively short visit. The full list is shown below. I'll have to return some time for an early morning visit and spend a little more time there. There have been 70 species recorded at Queechy Lake as shown here.
- Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
- Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides)
- Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata)
- Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis)
- Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
- Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)
- Hardhead (Aythya australis)
- Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)
- Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)
- Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)
- Australasian Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo novaehollandiae)
- White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
- Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus)
- Tasmanian Nativehen (Tribonyx mortierii)
- Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
- Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)
- Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo(Calyptorhynchus funereus)
- Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus)
- Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus tasmanicus)
- Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)
- Australian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus australis)
- Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)