Bonorong & Other Australian Adventures

Before I get too excited with my [literally] 32 upcoming posts from the Everglades and the Louisiana bayou, we're going to head back to Australia to tie up loose ends. I hope you've got your coffee because you're about to look at a bunch of photos. Back to Tasmania for a brief minute. Through the dusty parking lot and into the wooden gates of the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. This was the first place I saw Tasmanian Devils. They are incredible little animals if not a bit alien-like for their complete otherness to animals in North America. But we'll be focusing on--you guessed it--birds. The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place to see Tasmanian animals but it's also awesome because the folks at the sanctuary are responsible for rescuing, doctoring, and releasing injured animals back into the wild. Especially endangered species.

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The thing I love most about wildlife sanctuaries and refuges is that they are not zoos. More specifically, you typically find a more natural habitat provided for the animals. It's usually more hands-on in terms of public education. And when possible, I believe it's important to release animals back into their natural state (with the exception of important breeding programs for endangered species).

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And one songbird for good measure. The Noisy Miner below wasn't necessarily part of the sanctuary but he did drop by and enjoy some poor mammal's food.

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I visited this sanctuary every bit of five times and I was always impressed by the staff and their demos. If you're ever in Hobart, Tasmania, make the trip; Bonorong won't disappoint.

Now before we leave Tasmania on our disjointed trip through (a few) parts of Australia, let's visit the Huon River. The Huon (pronounced like "hyoon") is the fourth longest river in Tassie and attracts a bunch of different birds.

Here on an old jetty, a plethora of gulls.

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The larger gulls with black backs are Kelp Gulls (Larus dominicanus) and the smaller gulls with grey backs are Silver Gulls (Larus novaehollandiae). Anything in between is a juvenile Kelp Gull.

And just around the corner in a tiny tributary of the Huon, I found some Chestnut Teals.

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And now, without warning, we're going all the way up to the Daintree Cape Tribulation Rainforest in North Queensland for a few birds on a rainy day.

You didn't think I was going to write a post about Australia without a kookaburra did you?!

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One more. This Bush Thick-knee didn't seem to enjoy the rain much. Perhaps a sanctuary in the rainforest was a poor choice of habitat.

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I'm sure there are a few more Australian bird photos sneaking around but those are a story for another day. Come back this weekend for the bird I MOST wanted to see down in the Florida Everglades.

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