Birds in our garden

Opportunistic gulls wheel above a seal devouring an Atlantic Salmon right in front of Abel’s Cabin this week. The seal had acquired the fish from a graball net set off the point opposite the cottage. The fisherman came home empty handed. Seals are regular visitors to the Channel, attracted by the salmon fish farms.

Bruny Island is without doubt one of the country’s best bird watching places.

In the area around the cottage (I live 1km away) I have recorded all 12 Tasmanian endemic birds, the ones that exist nowhere else in the world.

I have however not photographed them all to the extent that I am prepared to include them below. Some are very small and elusive and beyond the capabilities of my limited lens collection.

In summer we are visited by the endangered Swift parrots who, along with the Dusky Wood Swallows visit Bruny to breed. There are only 2000 Swifties left and their numbers are dwindling quickly for a variety of reasons including habitat destruction caused by forestry.

Almost daily sea eagles soar along the water’s edge, currently three of them that I suspect are a breeding pair, and last year’s offspring. I have seen them swoop on fish in the shallow waters in front of Abel’s Cabin and occasionally alight on one of the big trees to wait their opportunities.

Most of the images below were made within 1km of Abel’s Cabin, and while some of the birds are seasonal, you can’t help but be visited by some during your stay.

If you click the first image you will be rewarded with a bigger slideshow and words.

All images © Kim Murray