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Wildlife

Glowworms in Tasmania

Well, my last post (from Japan) was about the firefly, so it is quite fitting that my first post back in Tasmania features some more “life that glows” –  the glow worm! Glow worms are not worms, they are the larval stage of a kind of gnat. They emit the light when they want to...Read More

Canary Worm – Tarkine

Well, this was a surprise – I spotted what I thought was a yellow fungi on a  mossy tree trunk up on the banks of the Savage River with my group a few weeks ago. I left the scene and came back a little while later only to find that the fungi had moved (or...Read More

Young Masked Owl at the Raptor Refuge

The Raptor Refuge in southern Tasmania has a new resident – a Tasmanian Masked Owl! The young fella, named Bentley, will likely join his brother Monty as the face of the refuge and I had the great honour of meeting him just a few weeks ago. Resplendent in his fuzzy down feathers, he looked a...Read More

Wineglass Bay Cruise

The Wineglass Bay Cruise is a great way to see the wonders of the Freycinet National Park from a unique perspective. The highlight is of course the wonderful geology of the area – the granite cliffs and sandy beaches that make this National Park such a great place to visit and explore. Another major highlight...Read More

Raptor Release 21 December 2016

The Raptor Refuge have again released a fighting fit young Wedge Tailed Eagle into the wild. Another successful raptor release yesterday, fulfilling the Refuge’s motto of “helping them soar again” out in the bushland and rolling hills of the Southern Midlands near Colebrook. In attendance at the release were Vica Bayley from the Wilderness Society...Read More

Devils@Cradle – Tasmanian Devil Park

The Devils@Cradle Wildlife Park up at Cradle Mountain is a great place to visit and learn about Tasmania’s unique “carnivorous marsupials” – the well known Tasmanian Devil and the slightly less well known quoll species. The Tasmanian Devil needs no introduction and spotting one is usually very high on a visitors list of things to...Read More

Tasmanian Masked Owl at the Raptor Refuge

This young Tasmanian masked owl is the newest resident at the Raptor Refuge in Tasmania. Named “Montgomery”, the 2 month old is growing daily into his adult form, and these images capture the last of his youthful “fluff” which is giving way to reveal the common colouring of the adult Masked Owl. As many of...Read More

Sea Eagle Release!

The Raptor Refuge released a young and fighting fit White Bellied Sea Eagle the other day. After being found a little dazed and confused but with no serious injuries this young eagle only needed a couple of days to regain his strength and be on his way. The Raptor Refuge is a non profit organisation...Read More

Raptor Photography Workshop

On Sunday August 2, I will be running a raptor photography workshop at the Raptor Refuge in southern Tasmania. The Raptor Refuge is a working refuge and rehabilitation centre for Tasmania’s magnificent raptors rather than a zoo or wildlife park and is therefore not open to the public on a regular basis. Support Raptor Conservation...Read More

Sea Eagle Release Bruny Island

Today I was privileged to photograph a White Bellied Sea Eagle release off Bruny Island. The event was the result of 9 weeks of hard work by Craig Webb, of the Raptor Refuge, who found the injured raptor near Cloudy Bay a couple of months ago. The nature of the 3 year old eagles injuries...Read More

Tasmanian Devil

The Tasmanian Devil is without a doubt Tasmania’s most well known critter. Seeing (and photographing) them in the wild is a tough ask as not only are they nocturnal, but their numbers have been massively diminished in the wild due to a terrible cancer-like disease known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) which is fatal...Read More