Some of the less common birds that you might be lucky enough to spot when near the Thousand Lakes Lodge are the Swift Parrot and the Wedge-Tailed Eagle. The range of the endangered Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) extends into the Central Plateau region of Tasmania during August when it migrates to eucalpytus woodland to breed. They are around 25 cm in length with primarily green feathers, red patches on the throat chin and wings and blue patches on the crown, cheeks and wings. The Swift Parrot feeds on the flowers of eucalypts and make their nests inside hollows on old or dead trees. Towards the end of February the parrot crosses the Bass Strait and migrates into NSW and Victoria. The Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) is one of Tasmania’s endangered species. Named for its wedge shaped tail it is known for it’s large size, weighing up to 5 kgs with a height of over a meter and a wingspan of up to 2.2 m. Although they are rare they live in a range of habitats such as plains, forests and mountains, making their nests in large eucalypts, and have been spotted in the Central Highlands region.     

Photo credit: JJ Harrison

Photo credit: JJ Harrison