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.

 

 

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.