UA-16755900-1 Podcast - Maria Island Tasmania Coastal Forest Birds - Wildlife & Wilderness Travel & Safaris

Episode 10

Published on:

13th May 2020

Tasmania Coastal Forest Birds

Listening to this field recording of sounds you could be mistaken for being on a tropical island with waves lapping the shore. The waves that were rolling in on the day these ambient sounds were recorded were quite benign; but Tasmania, Australia’s island state lies in the path of the Southern Hemisphere’s Roaring Forties and is often blasted by strong, wild winds. Fortunately, this recording was made on the reasonably sheltered and beautiful Maria Island that provides a stunning walk through nature and history just off the main coast of Tasmania.

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Tasmania is a delightful island and one of great contrasts too. In the wild west are the forests of the Tarkine but Tasmania also has numerous mountains and deep cut valleys and spectacular beaches. Scenically it is a delight and we’d love to take you there. Nature abounds with the iconic Tasmanian devil, there are pademelons – a small wallaby, kangaroos and it is a great place for finding platypus; then wombats, spotted quolls and other marsupials make up a fine mix of terrestrial animals. Offshore dolphins, southern right whales, seals, albatross and little, or blue penguins can be found.

Tassie is also known for its birds, attracting over 200 species with 12 endemic species including some high endangered such as the forty-spotted pardalote and the orange-bellied parrot. It is a superb destination for bird watching and wildlife holidays, made more so by great guiding and wonderful local food and wine.

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Wildlife & Wilderness Travel & Safaris
Everything travel in the natural world
This show's for everyone interested in wildlife travel, safaris, eco-tourism and adventures in the wild world. I'm Dr. Steve Banner, your guide through these podcasts and a biologist who has almost 25 years experience as Director of">Wildlife & Wilderness; a specialist tour operator that designs tailor made travel and expert-led tours.

With this 'insider' knowledge and strong associations with experts all over the world, these podcasts will be mixing interviews, monthly roundups and ambient sound field recordings. The wildlife sightings and happenings will come direct from our travel partners that reside in just some of the natural world's special destinations. The field recordings, sometimes in the form of microcasts, will transport you out to some incredible places on our planet. At times we'll be out on location too as we research holidays.

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Steve Banner

Hi, I'm a biologist with a life-long interest in nature and the natural world. I've also adventured around the world and am a volunteer with a Mountain Rescue team in the UK. Through my travel company, Wildlife & Wilderness, I have contact with many tourism professionals, experts around the world, that help us design great tailor made holidays and expert-led tours. Some of these fascinating people will feature throughout these podcasts.