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Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape

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Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

Wineglass Bay track upgrade complete

16/10/2017

One of Tasmania's most iconic tourism experiences, the walk to Wineglass Bay from the lookout to the beach, has now re-opened after a $500,000 upgrade initiated through the Government's Tourism Infrastructure in Parks fund.
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Tourism opportunity for Tasman Island

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Tourists could soon enjoy the beautiful Tasman National Park from the air, as a change to the management plan could open it up for sensitive and appropriate aircraft access.More

Whistling Kite, Haliastur sphenurus

Description

Reaching up to 60cm in size with a wingspan of 1.45m and 770g in weight, the Whistling Kite is a medium-sized raptor with a shaggy appearance. Seen from below the wings have a characteristic pale M-shape and the tail is rounded. The narrow head is light brown and the long, well rounded wings are dark sandy brown.

Habitat

Whistling kites prefer woodlands and open country or wetlands and are commonly seen soaring above water or farms. The main threats to this kite are loss of remnant bush with tall trees and wetland destruction.

Diet

They feed on small mammals, birds, fish and insects and also scavenge on carrion.

Breeding

In the south they breed from winter through summer (July to January) laying up to three eggs. Eggs are incubated for just over 5 weeks and chicks remain in the nest for a further 7 to 8 weeks. They prefer tall trees for nesting in and build a bulky platform of sticks. They appear to stay with the same mate and will re-breed in the same nest and defend their territory. After fledging the chicks stay with their parents for another couple of months.

Call

The Whistling kite is named for its loud descending whistle 'teee-ti-ti'.

Distribution

Although common and secure throughout the Australian mainland, this is an uncommon species in Tasmania. It also occurs in the Solomons, New Caledonia and New Guinea.