Tasmanian Bird Identification
Walk from the door into forest or grassland and you will see most of Tasmania’s bird species, depending on the season.
Take a guide and bring your binoculars and you will be rewarded with many sightings and the sounds of wrens, raptors, robins and many other sepcies.
The Great Western Tiers is a stonghold for many species of Tasmanian birds, including endemic species. Forest Walks Lodge situated at the bottom of the valley of Jackeys Marsh is an ideal location for bird watching. It is located on the edge of tall eucalypt forest and alongside Jackeys Creek which drains the eastern end of the valley. The juxtaposition of forest edge and wetlands means the birdlife is rich and varied.
Approximatley 80 bird species have been identified in and around the valley and during a recent bird survey 37 species were either heard or seen around the lodge such as the dusky woodswallow, the forest raven and three species of honeyeater. Local endemic, rare and endangered species include the wedge-tailed eagle, the white goshawk and the masked own. A walk around the valley and a climb into the world heritage area provide multiple opportunities for keen birdo’s, otherwise known as twitchers to see and/or hear many of these species in the wild. Forest Walks Lodge offers bird tours as one of its regular activities for guests.
The brown goshawk nests in adjacent forest and often hunts the wetlands below the lodge. It is easily seen through the window while having lunch. The swamp harrier was seen recently tussling with a tiger snake it thought might make a tasty meal. Robins and wrens dart in and out of bushes collecting insects while the honeyeaters are seasonal feeders on the wide variety of local native plants.