Fern Glade and the Emu River are located on the eastern end of the city of Burnie. The steep slopes of the Emu River valley have protected the area from being cleared. It's easy access makes it a great spot to explore. Among other things, the Fern Glade Management Plan lists 30 orchids, 12 millipedes, 9 snails and slugs, 10 mammals with a further 13 mammals listed as likely to occur. Surprisingly it only lists 15 birds, the list itself being lifted from another report which is a bit lazy as you could easily list 15 species in under an hour.
I took a short walk there this morning. I was hoping to have another go at photographing a platypus but they were not cooperating today. The only mammals I saw were a Pademelon and a Staffordshire terrier (along with it's owner). A pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles were flying high overhead. Also a pair of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos which you can hear in the background in the video below. My companions spotted a Pink Robin. I was content to see a Dusky Robin (see photo). There were also, Yellow-cheeked Honeyeater, Grey Fantails, Tasmanian Thornbills, Green Rosellas and more. The Sundew, Drosera peltata was widespread along the sides of the track and we also found three, possibly four, species of orchids. The video runs for around two minutes and will give you an idea of the surroundings.
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