It is not surprising that a wilderness as wild and magnificent as the Tarkine is an important habitat for birds.
This is especially true as the Tarkine offers our feathered friends a fantastic choice of landscapes, treescapes and places to forage.
Tarkine is home, at various times, to more than 130 different species of birds, throughout its variety of habitat types and landscapes. This includes eleven of Tasmania’s twelve endemic birds. The two migratory species that breed only in Tasmania, the Swift Parrot, and the Orange-bellied Parrot, forage in the Tarkine. The latter, a critically endangered species, breeds in south-west Tasmania but migrates along the west coast and forages on coastal plants. Consequently the Tarkine’s coastal vegetation is extremely important habitat. The endangered Swift Parrot breeds predominantly in south-east Tasmania and feeds on the nectar from the Tasmanian Blue Gum, and in the Tarkine, the Swift Parrot forages on these trees during the post-breeding dispersal and migration season. Tarkine National Coalition
If you are a bird lover, I recommend you visit the Tarkine National Coalition website for a full run down on the important role the Tarkine plays in the lives of many of Tasmania’s most endangered birds.
For more information and photos of Tasmania’s birds visit Alan Fletcher’s wonderful blog Birds of Tasmania.
I just came across a review of the National Australian Wave Sailing Titles that was run in Tasmania’s north west beaches back in February.
All week saw Marrawah bathed in sun with little to no swell (shoulder to head high); however, spirits were still high as there was always plenty to do; surfing, diving, SUP boarding, four wheel driving, beach volleyball, ultimate frisbee, table tennis -the list goes on and on. Oh! Did I mention the pub! The sponsors and organisers had done a fantastic job, every night there was a social event to go to, be it the local bands, Nationals table tennis tournament, a huge spit roast and crayfish night or just a gathering of friends for a few quiet drinks.
If you would like to read more about the titles and see some more great action shots go to Tim’s blog at Word On The Beach.
The folks at MV George Robinson are now on their winter break. They will be back on board around the beginning of September.
If you are planning a trip to the Arthur River or the Tarkine region in the Spring I can recommend booking yourself on the cruise. It is a relaxing way to pass the morning and see the Arthur River as well as the Tarkine forrest.
It is also a chance to meet some of our delightful local personalities and hear a few amusing stories. Any time I have friends or family visiting I make sure they fit a cruise into their holiday plans.
When visting The Tarkine Forest Adventure Centre at the Dismal Swamp, try our accommodation at Sunset Holiday Villas Arthur River. Only 15 minutes away, right in the Tarkine, they are central to King’s Run Devil Devil tours, Spectacular historic Woolnorth, River cruises, forest walks, wild west beaches, fishing and 4 wheeldriving.
On Sunday the swell backed off to about a metre. The wind dropped out.
I snorkelled 80metres out the gutter, enjoying the 15 metre visibility, watching the schools of fish, abalone and the surging kelp forests and flora.
Now where was that supermarket shelf I found 5 months ago?
There is no prettier sight than a hole that is so full of crayfish that it resembles a supermarket shelf.
The seaweeds and soft corals are typically more spectacular, the fish bigger and more diverse where the cray live.
The big bluehead ducks around the bully in front. The magpie perch dives into the weed. A school of bullseyes triggers a rise in heartbeats.
I securely stow my ab iron, it’s getting exciting.
There, feelers, hundreds of purple and orange crayfish, filling the 5 meter crevice.
Take one size cray, drown in fresh water. Boil for 10 mins. Drain and allow to cool. Halve, clean and coarsely cube the tail meat. Squeeze some fresh lemon over it, add a little grated cheese and slip under the grill. Gently warm and serve with a light salad.
Sally Collins has worked on fishing boats as a cook, driven a road train and built a couple of houses. She has bush walked half of Tasmania.
Dan Sutton is an Agronomist for Northwest Tasmania. Dan is keen diver, snorkler, fisherman (and local snooker champion, so don't be caught out).
Dan and Sally have two boys, Bronsen and Hunter and a baby girl Hannah.