Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Hamlet Downs is a perfect location for bird watchers and observers. The quiet rural environment provides us with a wide and wonderful array of bird life. There are a number of locations on our 36 acres where you may hide and view the wildlife including platypus and of course the birds.

The property was surveyed by a local bird watcher during the Summer season and identified over 50 bird types during a short 2 hour session. We have since added to the list below, other birds observed by guests*. Of course which birds you will see depends on the season and their habits on the day.

In the same way, the platypus are wild so we have no control on their movements however if you see them, you will be amazed. Other places where you may observe platypus in the wild nearby include the Styx River and the creek on the walking track to Russell Falls at Mt Field National Park.

Birds You May Observe at Hamlet Downs

  • Australian Magpie
  • Australian Wood Duck*
  • Bar-tailed Godwit
  • Beautiful Firetail
  • Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike
  • Brown Thornbill
  • Brush Bronzewing
  • Chestnut Teal
  • Common Blackbird
  • Common Bronzewing
  • Common Starling
  • Crescent Honeyeater
  • Dusky Robin
  • Dusky Woodswallow
  • Eastern Spinebill
  • European Goldfinch
  • Fan-tailed cuckoo
  • Flame Robin
  • Golden Whistler
  • Green Rosella
  • Grey Currawong
  • Grey Fantail
  • Grey Shrike-thrush
  • White-faced Heron
  • Hoary-headed Grebe
  • Laughing Kookaburra
  • Mallard


  • Masked Lapwing
  • New Holland Honeyeater
  • Noisy Miner
  • Olive Whistler
  • Pacific black Duck
  • Pallid Cuckoo
  • Satin Whistler
  • Scarlet Robin
  • Scrubtit
  • Shining Bronze Cuckoo
  • Silvereye
  • Spotted Pardolate - Female
  • Spotted Pardolate - Male
  • Spotted Quail - Thrush
  • Striated Pardalote
  • Strong-billed Honeyeater
  • Sulphur-crested cockatoo
  • Superb Fairy Wren
  • Tasmanian Native Hen*
  • Tree Martin
  • Wedged-tailed eagle
  • Welcome Swallow
  • Yellow Wattlebird
  • Yellow-rumped Thornbill
  • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo
  • Yellow-throated Honeyeater

Mt Field National Park

Within 10 minutes of Hamlet Downs, is Mount Field National Park which has access to over 80 bird types. The link below to the National Park web site provides an updated list of the birds seen at the park.

Mt Field National Park - Animal & Bird Species List