Tasmania’s Wild Creatures~

Dolerite Columns rise up to 980 feet from the sea in Cape Raoul Tasmania.

Dolphins fish,

and fly,

off the eastern coast.

Echidna encountered on the trail. Echidnas, like platypus, are the world’s only egg laying mammals or monotremes.

He buries his face in the ground to hide from us!

Endangered Tasmanian Devil stares at the camera lens at Bonorong Wildlife Rescue, Hospital & Sanctuary, in Brighton Tasmania.

Tasmanian Devils are carnivorous marsupials once endemic in Australia, but now wild only in Tasmania.

Sleepy wombat at Bonorong. Wombats are herbivorous marsupials native to Australia and Tasmania. They are one of the rarest land mammals in the world.

Cheers to you from stunning Tasmania and her wild creatures~

For more about Bonorong and the work they do, check out: https://www.bonorong.com.au/

221 thoughts on “Tasmania’s Wild Creatures~

  1. You really had a great time down here Cindy, I don’t think you missed anything 😂
    And were you lucky enough to hear the Tasmanian Devil? If you hear one of those things in the middle of the night you won’t get to sleep for a very long time after it, it raises your hair somewhat 🤣
    But I don’t see a shot of a Tasmanian Tiger, they say its extinct but it was only in the mid 1930’s that the last one was seen. With your luck it would bounce out onto the track in front of you 😂 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

    1. I confess to fantasizing about seeing a tassie-tiger on a trail! Don’t tell anyone. I wish some were there, lurking in the highlands, avoiding humans. It would be so wonderful!

  2. The reserve is a great place to see Tassie’s wildlife. Your photographs are gorgeous. I am glad you had a nice trip. Lucky to capture those dolphins and seal in mid plunge!

    1. I was impressed with wildlife rescue operations both in Tasmania and mainland Australia. There are a lot of people in Australia dedicated to helping wildlife. It is heartening <3

      1. Absolutely, they are called the Greenies by those who don’t like locking up areas of land from development. I am glad we have them, or all our animals would be extinct.

  3. Thank you for sharing the close-up pics of the cute little devils. Love all the amazing shots, my dear friend. There’s no wombater than you! LOL! ♡ღ‿ღ♡ʕっ˘ڡ˘ςʔ♡ღ‿ღ♡

  4. Cindy, great post this morning, I love it all. Your photos are wonderful.
    My favourites are the playing Dolphins and the sleeping Wombat. All a great treat though. 💕.


  5. Wow, you were able to see devils! I saw only two when I was there, and they had been fatally hit on the highways. There’s an exhibit here in the Auckland zoo, but they are so reclusive that I’ve never been able to see them in spite of many tries. And those dolerite columns, so amazing. Do you know what variety the dolphins were? Tasmania really offers a view of another world. Beautiful post, Cindy.

    1. I don’t know the type of dolphin. There are 14 or so varieties in the waters around Tasmania. I suspect they were bottlenose, which are the most common, but I am not certain. Maybe someone who knows will read this and tell us!

        1. They have the most powerful bite relative to body size of any mammal in the world and they shriek and growl like banshees when angry, hence their name….

  6. Great photos. How wonderful to see the echidna on a trail. We considered ourselves fortunate to see one behind a fence at Bonorong many years ago. I too would recommend it to anyone visiting Tasmania.

    1. He was quite cute. I watched him for awhile as he busily scratched around. When my husband joined me, it was too much for him, so he buried his head in the ground!

  7. I greatly enjoyed this short tour of Tasmanian wildlife. The close-up shots in particular are incredible! I’ve never seen a photograph of a Tasmanian Devil before. He doesn’t look particularly happy.

  8. I visited Tasmania via aircraft carrier in 1996. My most vivid memory is of how green it was. The people were wonderful and invited many of us into their homes. Tasmania was actually a back up port call. When we missed our visit to Perth to return to the Persian Gulf, they later sent us to Tasmania instead. I’m so glad they it worked out that way.
    Wonderful photos!

    1. How awesome is that! I’m so glad you got to experience Tasmania before you went to the gulf. I am not surprised you were welcomed into homes. Australians are warm and friendly people. I am so glad they made you feel welcome. Thank you for your service Will <3

  9. Lovely to see you have enjoyed photographing our wonderful wildlife Cindy, coincidentally I used to be based in the army at Brighton army camp where you photographed our Tasmanian Devil.
    Beautiful relaxing post Cindy, kind regards and best wishes.

  10. Devil or not, that little Tasmanian is precious, and the Echidna and the Wombat
    are treasures. What a joyful morning you give us. Thank you!

  11. This is truly a treasure box full of your impressions of Tasmania, Cindy. The Echidna does what we humans often do when we are trying to ignore impending danger.

    1. Yes you can, and you have to, as there are no roads. It is a 14 km round trip hike. 12 km will give you the view, but 14 gets you right there. You can also view it by boat which is what we did.

    1. I think they are kinda sweet creatures. People pick them up and move them off of roads. He was scared of us, so he buried his head. What’s not to love!!! 😉

  12. Timothy Price

    The Tasmanian Devil is adorable, but so is the wombat and the Echidna. Cool to see all those critters and the dolphins playing. Those dolerite cliffs are amazing.

  13. What a treasure trove of critters!
    OMG, that Tasmanian Devil is the cutest thing.
    Thank you, dear Cindy!
    You must miss travelling right now! It’s no fun right now, but I am luckier than many. ❦

  14. Tasmanian Devils always remind me of “Taz” from Looney Tunes fame. He was a crazed, ravenous character who was typically more bark than bite. As a child, I was fascinated by the animated cartoon especially when Taz’s wife would appear. She was bigger, meaner, and would club him with a rolling pin whenever he got out of line – lol! It was violent, but funny!

    1. They do have this incredible amount of energy, with a take no prisoners attitude, and an incredibly powerful bite, so I can see where the cartoons got the idea!

  15. That wombat needs a pedicure!! Guess the salons are closed where she is, too. Great photos, Cindy — thank you for sharing them.

  16. So that’s what a Tasmanian devil looks like! He’s a cute little thing–but aren’t they known for powerful jaws? I think I’ll admire him from afar. I sure hope they can get them off the endangered list.

  17. Bonjour mon Ami, Amie CINDY

    Ce matin je passe sur ton blog avec
    Des paroles de douceur, qui en fera pour moi et toi des moments de bonheur

    Ce sont de simples écris et des mots trouvés, qui te mettra des étoiles dans les yeux
    Prenons ensemble le temps et la joie d avoir des matins heureux

    Qu’ils fait bon se réveiller au petit matin de suivre en joie son chemin
    D’avoir eu des rêves plein le cœur

    Ce matin pense à aimer et oublier , les blessures du passé
    Pense juste la magie de la beauté du jour d’avoir une belle vie pour toujours

    Je viens juste te souhaiter une bonne journée par ces quelques lignes

    Bisous avec toute mon amitié

    1. Thank you so much Felicia! I am quiet and still and keep the camera plastered to my face. Animals are curious about the lens. Happy post Mother’s Day to you my friend დ

  18. Hey Cindy,
    Austral-Tasmania has the best critters. Like the woolly mammoth, I wonder if they can de-extinct the thylacine.
    Thanks for always stopping by. -AM

  19. Thank you, Cindy, for the info and photographs. It’s true that we learn something new every day – or almost! Although, recently, there has been a certain ‘sameness’ about my apartment…Take care. x

  20. We visited Bonorong once while in Tasmania, great place. Good that they have a healthy population of Tasmanian devils since so many of the wild ones are dying off from an infectious disease.

  21. Lovely critters. I’m finding some new birdies looking out my picture window – between the grey weather. I found out where two chipmunks are hiding… one by the back rock near the creek and another right in my front lawn!

    Hope you had a nice Mother’s Day. My hubby made me Egg-bread toast and I did get a call from one of my ‘chicks’.

    Oh and today I saw the geese had their gosling in tow! I even saw an white egret near a take out place where we were picking up dinner. (Near the pond by our local library.)


  22. When I was a kid, Horniman’s Tea came with ‘wildlife mammals of the world’ cards, and a book to stick them in. They were numbered 1 – 50 and had info in tiny writing on the back. My first was an echidna which I’d never heard of & didn’t know how to pronounce. Now I know what one looks like in real life, not just a rubbish drawing! RH

    1. What an awesome idea for the tea! You were better educated as child than I, as an adult. I photographed and watched him for quite awhile and had no idea what he was! I had to got back to my computer and google him to find out! დ

  23. Look at those dolphins! What grace and skill.

    As for the land critters, your photos make me want to pick up each one of those animals and scratch their ears. Your photos have given them personalities…or perhaps it’s more accurate to say you’ve been able to capture their personalities.

  24. Great photos, Cindy. It is fun to see photos of animals that we don’t have here. I loved that Tazmanian Devil! The dolomite columns are absolutely stunning!

  25. Stunning photos, Cindy! The Tasmanian devils are fascinating creatures and so cute to look at. It’s good connecting with you and thank you for following Eugi’s Causerie.

  26. Wow! Great pics! Never thought i’d see a sight like those huge pillars. There’s something similar to that in Ireland – and their heritage sights – but not as big as those you took pictures of.

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