Our glorious kanamaluka/Tamar 1st of November morning started with Robyn, Grey and Jing spotting a wedge-tailed eagle soaring high over the wetlands, and ended with a farewell from a white-bellied sea eagle who did a low pass over the Wetlands Centre.

Our trek to and from the island at low tide led us past dozens of ducks feeding and sunning on the mud flats and in the shallow water – including chestnut teal, grey teal, shelducks and black swan families.

Wildcare volunteers Robyn, Jing, Grey and Ann were accompanied by PWS staff Jason and Brad. We tackled weeds on the island’s northern slope including blackberry, briar rose, hawthorn, Montpelier broom and firethorn.

The reserve was also busy with visitors enjoying the sun and views and curious about what we were doing.


It was good to see how few of the weeds we tackled last year and have followed up since, have re-emerged. The natives we planted last year are growing strongly – especially the backwoods and she-oaks, and Brad’s efforts with the brush cutter helped them to look instantly taller.

Thank you to Robyn, Jing and Grey, and to Jason and Brad.

Ann Hamilton

Friends of Tamar Island Wetlands Reserve