Tasmanian Wildlife

Wildlife is fascinating everywhere in Australia. However, there are places it is more concentrated, usually due to the presence of a better supply of food and water. Tasmania offers much that makes life easier for critters, from abundant greenery to rivers and surrounding ocean full of fish, as well as the abundant flowers and foliage that not only feed animals but attract the insects some animals fancy. As a result, there is a considerable amount of wildlife, much of it readily visible. While I did visit a wildlife park, even in the national parks and wilderness areas, animals were very much in evidence, often attracted to places humans might gather, in hopes of a handout.

Among those eternally hopeful of treats or the remains of one’s picnic lunch, the wallabies were both the most common and the most endearing. Below are a couple of wallabies who had approached me, but looked away momentarily when someone else came into view. Of course, I once again became the center of attention when I pulled some vegetable treats out of my jacket pocket. I can hardly say how much I loved these lovely, gentle little creatures.




Filed under Australia, Book, Geography, Nature, Travel

6 responses to “Tasmanian Wildlife

  1. whisperinggums

    I agree that we have some fascinating wildlife downunder but I always feel sorry for visitors to our shores as so many of our animals are small and nocturnal. It seemed so much easier to see critters in the USA. The main exception of course is our birds – we have wonderful birds and they are often easily seen! Did you see spotted quolls in Tasmania? I recollect seeing some around Cradle Mountain and it was very exciting, even to we Aussies!

    • Well, I did see quolls, but not in a wild setting. I visited a wildlife park that had a nocturnal house, and there I got to see a lot of those nocturnal creatures awake and active in realistic settings. I’ve seen plenty of things in the wild—especially kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, and, as you note, all the birds, usually remarkably close up. As D.H. Lawrence wrote, “That another of the charms of Australia: the birds are not really afraid.” And not only are they not afraid, they’re amazing. from the stunningly brilliant crimson rosellas to mobs of cockatoos to the unbelievable concentration of birdlife in Kakadu, Australia is definitely a bird lover’s paradise. I agree that we have some delightful animals in the US, as well, but almost nothing is as friendly and evident as the wallabies in Tasmania or kangaroos on Kangaroo Island. Aside from thinking they were adorable, it was the ability to actually interact with the wildlife that I found so enchanting.

  2. whisperinggums

    Oh, that’s great. So glad you have got to see a nice range of our wildlife. Crimson Rosellas are regular visitors to our garden – they are gorgeous and have such a pretty little call.

    Did you see any of the big lizards/goannas?

    • Yeah — I’ve seen lots of goannas. First one was while I was in Kakadu, but I’ve seen them many places since then — particularly on my third trip to Oz, when I was camping up on the Mitchell Plateau. I even did a post on goannas — Feb. 2008, so a fair bit before you stumbled across my blog. https://waltzingaustralia.wordpress.com/2008/02/23/goannas/

      And agreed that Crimson Rosellas have a lovely little call — more like striking fine crystal than what you expect from a parrot. They can be a bit of a nuisance — I have photos of a picnic I had with friends down on Wilson’s Promontory, and there are Crimson Rosellas everywhere. In one image, they are sitting on the edge of on friend’s plate, standing on his head, looking over at the plate, perched on his shoulder, with a few standing nearby on the table. However, they’re so beautiful, it’s hard to be upset.

  3. Lorraine McNeair

    Are you still in Tasmania?

    • No, alas, I’m not — though this would certainly be the time to head down, as winter is approaching here in Chicago and spring is getting started there in Australia.

      I do hope to get back before long, however. There’s still so much to see.

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