Chalky Island (Tasmania)

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Chalky Island
Chalky Island aerial.jpg
An aerial view of Chalky Island, from the east
Chalky Island (Tasmania) is located in Tasmania
Chalky Island (Tasmania)
Location of the Chalky Island in Bass Strait
Geography
LocationBass Strait
Coordinates40°05′24″S 147°52′48″E / 40.09000°S 147.88000°E / -40.09000; 147.88000Coordinates: 40°05′24″S 147°52′48″E / 40.09000°S 147.88000°E / -40.09000; 147.88000
ArchipelagoBig Green Group, part of the Furneaux Group
Area41 ha (100 acres)
Administration
Australia
StateTasmania
Demographics
Populationunpopulated

The Chalky Island, part of the Big Green Group within the Furneaux Group, is a 41-hectare (100-acre) unpopulated granite island with limestone outcrops and dolerite dykes, located in the Bass Strait, west of the Flinders Island, in Tasmania, in south-eastern Australia.[1] The island is contained within a conservation area[2] and is part of the Chalky, Big Green and Badger Island Groups Important Bird Area.[3]

Fauna[edit]

Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are little penguin, short-tailed shearwater, white-faced storm petrel, Pacific gull, silver gull, sooty oystercatcher, pied oystercatcher, black-faced cormorant, Caspian tern and fairy tern. Reptiles present include the metallic Skink, White's skink, white-lipped snake and tiger snake.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chalky Island (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  2. ^ a b Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; & Halley, Vanessa. (2001). Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X
  3. ^ "IBA: Chalky, Big Green and Badger Island Groups". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.