I’d heard, recently, that there was a flock of Swift Parrots at Lysterfield Lake, just 10kms from where I live. Why was this so special? These birds are classed as an endangered species and they are endemic to Tasmania. I’d first heard about them when working with a Victorian arborist industry association that had sent some members to Tasmania to create new homes (holes cut into trees) when some people had cut down their tree homes illegally.
So when I heard these birds were not far from where I live I was keen to see them and learn more about them. Turns out they fly to the mainland every winter in search of specific trees and will stay for a few days or weeks, or even a couple of months, till the supply had run dry and then move on.
But while at Lysterfield I saw several other things of interest and had forgotten how much I love walking there. So I went back again a couple more times to see the Swift Parrots, other bird life as well as well as the kangaroos. The wattles are starting to open in flower and it really is a picturesque place to visit.