If bird watching is your brief, Inverawe is the
place to be. Grab the binoculars, slip the field guide into your
pocket and hurry on down for some real bird watching. 102 species
of birds have been spotted
at Inverawe. The 103rd is maybe out there, waiting for you!
Inverawe is a
fringe habitat, where forest and
pasture meet the shoreline, the wetlands and the tidal flats.
We've got bush birds, shore birds and birds of the grasslands.
Some are residents, others are visitors.
All 12 endemics - birds that can only be found in
Tasmania - have been seen at Inverawe. One American visitor
said "I've just seen 8 of the
Tasmanian endemics - that's made my visit!" One
bird spotter from the UK said "I've
just seen a Tasmanian Thornbill - my first!" And Nathan, a
young bird watcher, was delighted to be able to photograph a Grey
sitting on its nest.
Early morning (9.00 am entry) or late afternoon
are the best times for bird watching. Wear nondescript coloured,
shapeless clothes, sit quietly on one of our many seats and wait for
the birds to come to you. They're not tame but they're not shy,
either. Ask for a copy of the bird list or download one here.
A bit of a bird watching beginner? Click Here for more information
- In the field
On several occasions a Masked Owl has been seen, usually being harassed by Forest Ravens. A White Goshawk has been a frequent visitor and the Swampies regularly patrol the shoreline. We recently helped rescue a White Faced Heron that was suspended high in a tree, caught up in fishing line.
The Black Cocky, above? They help out by
pruning our Hakeas for us, tip pruning to get at the very hard seed
pods. They also track down borers by resting their heads against
the trunks of Acacias and Casuarinas, listening for the chomp, chomp,
chomp of the borers, hidden under the bark. That's one smart bird!
Our Complete Bird List
Lots of birds are at home in the bush at
Inverawe. Some are in the under-story, others are in the tree
canopy, whilst birds of prey cruise the sky above. The birds
marked ** are on the endangered list.
At low tide many species of birds are seen feeding
on the tidal flats or around the shore line: oyster catchers, ducks,
heron and egret. At high tide the swans and pelicans take over,
with visits from petrels and terns.
On the grasslands masked
lapwings are always present whilst swans, ducks and grebes rest on the
lower reaches of the river. Somewhere close at hand are gulls and
cormorants. Swamp harriers patrol the grasslands and swamps,
whilst sea eagles make routine sweeps over the bay. Cape Barron
geese and pacific heron are rare, occasional visitors