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.
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.
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. 🙂
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!
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.
I hope you enjoyed this different perspective of Australia. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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!
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.
There were so many rainbow lorikeets around, word must have got out about our feeding station.
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.