Summer’s Day Low Tide At The Wetlands

On a bright sunny summer’s day recently, I decided to try my luck birdwatching at Tamar Island Wetlands. I wasn’t expecting to see too much in the way of wildlife as it was quite a warm day and early afternoon with a low tide. I thought the majority of the birds would be hiding away in some shade somewhere, but I was quite surprised by what I found.

Low tide at Tamar Island Wetlands
Several great egrets and a cormorant hanging out together
Chestnut teal having a quiet midday snooze
Grey teals snoozing nearby
Another image of low tide at Tamar Island Wetlands
A variety of birds in one spot – black swans, great egrets, chestnut teals, grey teals and a masked lapwing
A young Australasian swamphen, the parent was close by.
A pair of geese foraging.
Cracked dried mud
A muddy beaked masked lapwing (plover)
A lovely cool and shady spot next to the bird hide
A grey teal with something to say
One of the lovely views from the boardwalk.
White faced herons.
A pair of chestnut teals.
Mother swan with her growing babies
Another view of the wetlands

If you ever find yourself in the Launceston area, it’s worth a trip out to the Tamar Island Wetlands as you can see all kinds of birds anytime of the day and the views are beautiful.

 

 

Evening Colours at the Wetlands

I recently went for an evening walk at Tamar Island Wetlands. It was such beautiful weather and a hot day was cooling down as the sun set, and as I neared the end of my walk, I was treated to some lovely colours in the sky. No two sunsets are the same, so I thought I would share some photos from that evening.

I think you’ll agree it was a wonderful way to end the day. 🙂

 

Aerial Views From Launceston To Brisbane

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2019! I hope you all had a happy and safe Christmas and New Year’s.

Having moved to Tasmania mid last year, I decided to travel back to Queensland’s Gold Coast to see family and friends over Christmas. As I was flying there and back during daylight hours, the views from up high were magnificent, so I thought I’d share some photos I took on the flight.

As always, you can visit my actual blog site for bigger and better photos. 🙂

This first photo below was taken on my way to Brisbane. There was a lot of cloud that evening and this was taken around sunset. You can just see the moon. I love the changing depths of the blue sky. You can almost think you’re in space!

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The rest of the photos were taken on the flight from Brisbane to Launceston. It would have been nice if the pilot told us what areas we were flying over as apart from recognising the Gold Coast and Tasmania, I don’t know what the other photos are of.

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The Gold Coast

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Nothing but an empty sea and clouds over Bass Strait.
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Flying over Tasmania and you can see Flinders Island.

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Taken just a few minutes before landing at Launceston.

I hope you enjoyed this different perspective of Australia. 🙂

Spring Babies at Tamar Island Wetlands

It was such a lovely sunny, spring afternoon today, I couldn’t resist a walk at the Tamar Island Wetlands. I’m glad I went because it was so worth it to see a number of spring babies!

Close to the boardwalk was a pair of black swans and their 2 cygnets. Aren’t they adorable!?

Further along, there was another pair of black swans who had four babies, but these were a bit older – still cute though!

On my way out near the entry to the wetlands, I spotted these tiny cuties – mallard ducklings.

And just as I was about to drive home, I spotted these baby turbo chooks (Tasmanian Native Hens) in the car park!

Hope you enjoyed my photos of these little balls of fluff! 🙂

 

 

Settling In To A New Life In Tasmania

I’m back! I didn’t mean to be away for so long, time has just been flying by.  Over the past month or so, I have moved into my new home here in Launceston, getting some small home maintenance jobs done around the place, and generally just settling in to a new life here in Tasmania. Life is good!

I have come through my first Tassie winter much easier than I had expected, not as much rain as I thought (although locals tell me it has been very dry here), not as cold as I had anticipated either. Now spring has sprung and it is so nice to see the flowers starting to bloom and new leaves budding on bare branch trees. The changing of the seasons is something I missed living in Queensland for so long where everything remains green all year round. Everyone around me is getting excited for the warmer spring weather ahead and I’m getting caught up in it too.

I’d like to share just a small selection of photos I have taken since living in my new home. It is so nice to hear the happy chirping of birds early in the mornings, and see them flying around. I’m also very fortunate in that I have nice views of the Tamar River and mountains from my house. I have seen rain roll in, foggy mornings where the river completely disappears from view, gorgeous sunrises and even a magical rainbow.

Spotted dove on next door’s roof
House Sparrows next door
Female blackbird at my kitchen door
Birds on a wire out the front of my house
Close up of starlings and blackbirds
I can watch cows grazing across the road
The moon seems to be lower in the sky here giving me good photo opportunities
Nice view of a full moon from my lounge room window
A beautiful big rainbow
A recent sunrise
My new backyard. Nothing but grass. Lots of possibilities here!

A short video of the view from my house looking towards the Tamar River. Turn up the volume and you can hear birds.

 

I am finding that this part of Australia is truly beautiful, more people should visit Tasmania and see all the wondrous things it has to offer. I’m really happy about starting a new adventure here in Tassie and I’m looking forward to exploring all the possibilities that the future holds.

 

First Visit To Tamar Island Wetlands

Just 10 minutes drive out of Launceston in Tasmania is the Tamar Island Wetlands.  I was looking forward to a nice day out birdwatching, however, it turned out to be an extremely cold morning and with only a little sunshine that was very weak so I didn’t stay as long as I had planned.

Sign near the entrance to the wetlands
A great cormorant sunning itself with rather cold looking groups of various ducks
A section of the boardwalk
A black swan foraging
Looking back to the Information Centre
Australian Shelduck
A bird’s eye view for these Australasian swamphens
Australasian swamphen
Swamp paperbark trees along the path to the bird hide
Bird hide
My first sighting of a wild Tamar wallaby. We surprised each other as I came out of the bird hide!
This swamphen was showing me the way!
Morning low tide looking back to the suburb of Riverside
Masked lapwing (plover)
White faced heron
Grey teals trying to keep warm in the cold
Further along the path, looking across the Tamar River on the left and the suburb of Riverside on the right
Great egret and a swamphen
Chestnut teals and grey teals trying to warm up in the early morning sun
More birds trying to keep warm. Who can blame them when it was only 6 degrees!
Grey teal

 

Female superb fairy wren
At this point I turned back as it was too cold for me. But I’ll be better prepared on my next visit.

The Tamar Island Wetlands is a great place to visit, whether it just be for a nice scenic walk or to try your hand at birdwatching. Entry fee is a few dollars donation and is definitely worth the small admission cost. Don’t forget to drop into the Information Centre there and chat to the friendly and helpful volunteers.

I can’t wait to visit again and see what wildlife I find! 🙂

Backyard Insects

On a walk around the yard recently, I captured some photos of various insects, only a few of which I recognise.

Hard to miss this bright orange coloured Slender Orange Bush Fly
This looks to be a kind of weevil.

A tiger moth

A shield bug
European Honey Bee

 

A long legged fly

A bee fly

And I spotted this strange creature on the trunk of a gum tree. It turns out that it is a gum tree plant hopper nymph!

 

What insects are in your garden?

Wildlife Visitors in April 2018

I was somewhat busier than normal in April so didn’t have as much opportunity to take many photos of the wildlife visitors, so I only have a few to share with you on this occasion.

Here are two sulphur crested cockatoos, eyeing me off and walking up and down the veranda, probably wanting to have a chew on the wooden railing when I’m not looking!

Two sulphur crested cockatoos up to no good

I saw quite a lot of these grey butcherbirds, which upset the pied butcherbirds so I was an audience a number of times for some aerial combat between the two species. Lots of noise and flicking of wings but I didn’t notice anyone actually getting hurt.

Grey butcherbird

There were so many rainbow lorikeets around, word must have got out about our feeding station.

Rainbow lorikeets
A loving pair

They would gather in growing numbers in the gum tree by the house squawking and carrying on and then continued the din while they ate up the feed in record time.

There was lots of nocturnal activity from the regular brushtail possum visitors. There was plenty of trampling along our roof, running up and down the veranda, screeching and hissing coming out of the darkness, and in the mornings tufts of possum fur would be seen.

Here’s one of the quieter times. I shot this quick video through a glass sliding door so as not to disturb them.

This is Sassy and her joey.

And here’s George in a gum tree (complete with a bush cockroach!).

And then Mummy possum came to visit. Mummy is the loveliest possum ever. Interestingly, she did not have a joey this year. She has to be at least 9 years old and maybe too old to breed now.

When I noticed her at the door, I tried to go out with some peanuts but she wouldn’t let me as she was after the food so I had to put the container in front of her and start to gently push her away from the door so I could get out.

And then our old cat Basil woke up and came over to see what was going on. The container of nuts was shoved outside real quick and the door closed!

When I put the cat away in a room and was able to get outside without letting the possum inside, I put some nuts out for her to eat and she let me pat her for a bit. She is such a gentle creature.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my backyard wildlife visitors.

This is my participation in a monthly event called Wildlife Wednesdays hosted by Tina of My Gardner Says… You can see the wildlife visitors of other participants here.