Two tropical birds have been found on Tasmania's sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island, despite rarely being seen south of New South Wales.
It is believed the sooty terns were blown far off course during large storms that battered Australia's east coast in early June.
Staff at the Macquarie Island research station first noticed two terns flying over the station on June 6, but misty conditions made it impossible to identify the species.
Shortly after, staff found the first bird on a road near weather observation buildings.
Wildlife ranger Marcus Salton was called in to identify the species and give it shelter.
It appeared exhausted but healthy, however it died the next day.