Walking at Windsor Park

As my usual walking place at the local Wetlands is closed indefinitely because of Covid-19, I have been exploring other walking routes nearby and discovered a nice walking trail at Windsor Park close to my home and only a 10 minute or so drive from Launceston.

It isn’t easy to find if you’re not a local because there aren’t any signs for it. But once you’re there, you’ll find a wide asphalt path winding its way among trees and lovely landscapes, and you will even pass a community garden and a newly created dog training arena.

There are quite a lot of Tasmanian Blue Gum trees there of various sizes. The Blue Gum is also Tasmania’s floral emblem.

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The path then takes you by some farm paddocks ……

One morning it had been raining on and off but I went walking anyway, and I was lucky enough to see some hares frolicking in one of the paddocks and they are quite big ones too!

Along the way there are these trees with red berries on them. And it seems someone really enjoys them!

I’ve seen mushrooms and flowers …

And I saw this random sculpture!

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Just past the steampunk dragonfly is a little deviation in the track you can choose which takes you to a bird hide on the banks of the wetlands of the Tamar River.

Bird hide
View from the bird hide of the Tamar River and wetlands

Here is one of my favourite shots, an early morning view.

In this next picture you can see a bridge in the distance in the centre, which is one of the bridges I used to walk along on my walks at Tamar River Wetlands.

From the bird hide I can see lots of greylag geese and black swans and a number of other waterbirds.

Greylag geese, an introduced species to Tasmania

Walking on from the bird hide brings you behind a sportsground, which at the moment is quiet and empty because of Covid-19 restrictions. However the oval is currently being used by these Pacific gulls. I think the sports ground is going to be well fertilised by the time this is all over! 😀

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I was quite surprised at the variety of wildlife I’ve seen while on my walks here. Here are photos of just some of the wildlife I’ve seen so far. (Click on a picture to see full size)

Even though it has been disappointing not to be able to walk at the Wetlands because of the coronavirus, it has led me to explore more of my neighbourhood and come across wonderful finds such as this walking trail.

Snow Views

Sorry I haven’t posted anything on here for awhile. I haven’t been motivated to go out and visit places because I’ve been hibernating from the cold weather! The locals tell me it is much colder this winter than last year, so it’s good to know it’s not just me staying home and keeping warm. 🙂

Yesterday, I was very excited to be able to see snow on the mountains from my house! For an Aussie like myself who has only seen snow 3 times in her life, this was exciting stuff!!

The quality of these photos isn’t the best as they were taken through my lounge room windows which are tinted, and although I could see the snow with the naked eye, I had to use the zoom lens on my camera to get it to show up properly in the photos. But it still looks great to me! ❄️❄️❄️❄️

Early Morning Views at the Wetlands

Hi everyone, I’m back again after a bit of a break. I had been acting in higher duties at work for the last few months and feeling very exhausted on the weekends due to longer working hours and stress, and didn’t really feel up to doing much. I’m back in my usual position now and everything is getting back to normal. I’m glad I kept on with my daily walks as much as I could, as I feel these helped keep me grounded, and I was able to see several beautiful sunrises. I thought I would share some of the early morning views on my walks over recent times.

At the entrance to the Wetlands.
Black swans sailing on the Tamar River with foggy remnants in the valley.
The moon was still up on this morning.
Black swans swimming in the early morning glow.
A chilly walk the morning after daylight savings time ended. The whitish patches on the board walk are ice!
A seagull lookout on the Tamar River.
Reeds tinted red and orange during sunrise.
My favourite photo.

 

All photos taken at Tamar Island Wetlands near Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

 

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.