Environment - Fauna
Bush, Ocean & Sky
Echidnas, koalas, bandicoots, red-necked wallabies, swamp wallabies, and eastern grey kangaroos are commonly sighted in the area. During the winter months migratory southern right whales and humpbacks are often sighted from the sea cliffs.
Birdlife is abundant in the region, with pelicans, ducks, egrets and black swans regularly seen in the estuaries and wetlands. Muttonbird Island, near Loch Ard Gorge, is an important nesting site for the Muttonbirds or Short-tailed Shearwaters. They fly around 30,000 km a year, spending summer in the northern Pacific Ocean and returning in the last week of September to the Bass Strait region. Every evening from October to April they can be seen flying ashore.
Dotterels, terns and penguins use nearby narrow beaches, and Australasian Gannets and Wandering Albatrosses nest in the parklands around Kangaroobie.
A nesting pair of Wedge-Tailed Eagles live on Kangaroobie. They are resident all year, often seen with young, and are seen daily riding the air currents.
The Wedge-Tailed Eagle is the largest bird of prey in Australia with a wingspan of up to 2½ metres. They’re effective hunters and eat rabbits, wallabies, possums, foxes, feral cats & have been known to take lambs at Kangaroobie. They also enjoy carrion.
Wedge-Tails mate for life, and usually produce one or two eggs per year, although usually only one chick survives. They prefer nesting sites which offer a commanding view and are territorial.
These impressive creatures tend to hunt early in the day and often while away the rest of the day soaring and gliding to altitudes of 2000m for up to 90 minutes at a stretch. Wedge-Tailed Eagles are a threatened species in Tasmania, due to loss of habitat and persecution.