Saturday, October 16, 2010

Back to Tasmania

To me, one of the most fascinating and wonderful experiences was how much wildlife we saw, and I don't mean just the birds.
Like this Green Rosella, endemic to Tasmania
Many people, on coming to Australia from elsewhere, are disappointed. They expect to see kangaroos every day and are surprised to find it's not so easy, even when you actively go looking. At least, not wild ones. Part of the reason for this is that most Australian marsupials are nocturnal.
Green Rosellas in the leaves...
Tasmania is different. You see things in broad daylight. Everywhere.

We tripped over wombats, had to stop for echidnas trundling across the road, stepped around wallabies in parking lots, said good morning to Tasmanian Pademelons outside our door in the snow, and even saw the magnificent Forester Kangaroo, which is now uncommon in Tasmania.

And one that did pose nicely
And of course, there were birds too. We had obliging endemics like the parrots above, in the historical site of Pt Arthur.
Lapwing stalks away from the camera
 Or the Masked Lapwings, who appear to loathe having their photos taken, yet were all over the place.
In fact you had to be careful not to tread on their eggs, or their fluffy young.
 
There were Ubiquitous "robins" - actually flycatchers - on every fencepost it seemed at times: pink ones and brown ones and flame ones and scarlet ones.

Currowongs fixed us with greedy eyes every time we stopped for a picnic. You know, the ones that make you feel guilty about not feeding the highly unsuitable junk food.
Pademelons

Wombat mum and offspring, Cradle Mtn
Black Currawong


Scarlet Robin, Freycinet
Bennett's Wallaby in the parking lot
Echidna

...Bennett's with young
Sperm whale remains on the beach in Mt William Nat.Pk
There was even a sperm whale...

I do apologise for the quality of the photos: I have only a tiny digital pocket camera.
This field was actually dotted with eating-machines - six wombats.

3 comments:

Jo said...

Still wonderful to have such pictures - once again thanks for sharing. I now want to visit Tasmania. Unfamiliar with pademelons what exactly are they?

saare-snowqueen said...

Those are wonderful. Thank you for posting. Still.. I think my favourite was the robin.

Helen V. said...

Loved the photos. I was amazed by the extent of the wildlife too. The fact that so much of the island is National Parks contributes to it, I think. Although I swore I could never live there because of the cold the longer I'm away the more appealing it seems. I suspect I'm going to have to go back again even if it's only a visit.