Posted on Mon 24th Jan 2011
The Mud Islands are a complex of low islands in the mid west of Port Phillip Bay. The crew of the SV Pelican (Pelican Expeditions) in collaboration with Parks Victoria are running a series of volunteer enviornmental monitoring days around Port Phillip. I was lucky enough to go along.
Posted on Fri 3rd Sep 2010
It's not a great photo, but what a fabulous creature! This is a Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle. They are a larger darker subspecies of the mainland wedgie. There are just 130 breeding pairs in Tasmania where they became isolated by rising sea levels at the end of the last ice age, 10,00 years ago. They are the largest flying bird in Australia, standing over a metre tall, weighing up to 5 kg, and with a wing span of up to 2.2 m.
I spotted it while travelling to a Connies environmental education gig on the Tasmanian east coast.
>> More details at the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service website