While visiting Tasmania, I've grown very fond of my mornings being ushered in by the call of an Australian Magpie or being awoken by the cackle of the resident Kookaburras outside my Hobart apartment.  Tassie's brimming with natural beauty, abundant wildlife, and of course a host of birds, including 12 species that occur nowhere else in the world.  I've had the chance to view thousands of muttonbirds (Short-tailed Shearwaters) making their way back to the Tasmania's shores in an age-old migratory ritual. I've followed a shy albatross, as it flew low over the blue waters of the Southern ocean before catching a thermal to rise up over the jagged cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula.