Wildlife

Tanja Lagoon Camp is surrounded by vibrant natural habitat. Mimosa Rocks national park surveys between 1989 and 1984 recorded a total of 215 native animal species in the park. These include 39 mammals, 115 birds, 21 reptiles and 12 different amphibians.

It is our goal to continue this important biodiversity mapping through our involvement in the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness citizen science project. We invite you to join us.

Mammals

Tanja Lagoon Camp is home to a very relaxed mob of Eastern Grey Kangaroos. You will see them at most times of the day, grazing, lazing, fighting and playing all around the property.

Other mammals commonly sighted and heard in the surrounding forests include swamp wallabies, red-necked wallabies, brushtail possums, echidnas, antechinus and yellow-bellied gliders.

The major planting across the property is a Local Land Services funded project to create a wildlife corridor for the threatened Long-Nosed Potoroo.

 

Birds

The rich diversity of forest and woodland birds include honeyeaters, lorikeets, cockatoos, currawongs, cuckoos, cuckoo-shrikes, pigeons, ravens, wattlebirds, rosellas, fantails, whistlers, thornbills, pardalotes, wrens, finches, flycatchers and robins.

Fifteen species of birds of prey can be found in Mimosa’s forests including southern boobooks, powerful owls, masked owls, sooty owls, white-bellied sea eagles, wedge-tailed eagles, osprey and various kites and goshawks.

Migratory shorebirds forage along the shoreline habitat. These include gulls, terns, cormorants, plovers and oystercatchers. The lagoon provides habitats for a range waterbirds including white-faced herons, great egrets, black swans, royal spoonbills, straw-necked ibis, black ducks and chestnut teals.

Birds

The rich diversity of forest and woodland birds include honeyeaters, lorikeets, cockatoos, currawongs, cuckoos, cuckoo-shrikes, pigeons, ravens, wattlebirds, rosellas, fantails, whistlers, thornbills, pardalotes, wrens, finches, flycatchers and robins.

Fifteen species of birds of prey can be found in Mimosa’s forests including southern boobooks, powerful owls, masked owls, sooty owls, white-bellied sea eagles, wedge-tailed eagles, osprey and various kites and goshawks.

Migratory shorebirds forage along the shoreline habitat. These include gulls, terns, cormorants, plovers and oystercatchers. The lagoon provides habitats for a range waterbirds including white-faced herons, great egrets, black swans, royal spoonbills, straw-necked ibis, black ducks and chestnut teals.

Reptiles and Frogs

The 21 species of reptiles recorded in the park include nine types of lizards ranging from a variety of skinks to the frequently observed lace monitors and common bluetongues. Six species of snake are present – the diamond python, southern death adder, Master’s snake, tiger snake, red-bellied black snake and eastern brown snake.

Frogs found in the park include Peron’s tree frog, the Jervis Bay tree frog, the common eastern froglet and the striped marsh frog.

Marine Life

Boasting an abundance of marine life, The Sapphire Coast is the dramatic meeting point for the warmer waters of the East Australian Current and the colder waters of the south. The turbulent waters and varying ocean temperatures (ranging from 12 to 25 degrees centigrade) create one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. 

The region was recently recognised by Australian Geographic as the no.1 whale watching location in Australia. The annual southern migration of humpback whales occurs from September to December.

Marine Life

Boasting an abundance of marine life, The Sapphire Coast is the dramatic meeting point for the warmer waters of the East Australian Current and the colder waters of the south. The turbulent waters and varying ocean temperatures (ranging from 12 to 25 degrees centigrade) create one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. 

The region was recently recognised by Australian Geographic as the no.1 whale watching location in Australia. The annual southern migration of humpback whales occurs from September to December.

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