Walker Island (Southern Tasmania)

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This article is about the island in Southern Tasmania. For the island in Northern Tasmania, see Walker Island (Northern Tasmania).
For other places with the same name, see Walker Island (disambiguation).
Walker Island
Maatsuyker Island Map.png
Detailed map of Maatsuyker Island, showing Walker Island to the north and Needle Rocks to the south
Walker Island is located in Tasmania
Walker Island
Walker Island
Location off the southern coast of Tasmania
Geography
Location South West Tasmania
Coordinates 43°37′48″S 146°16′12″E / 43.63000°S 146.27000°E / -43.63000; 146.27000Coordinates: 43°37′48″S 146°16′12″E / 43.63000°S 146.27000°E / -43.63000; 146.27000
Archipelago Maatsuyker Islands Group
Adjacent bodies of water Southern Ocean
Area 15 ha (37 acres)[1]
Country
Australia
State Tasmania
Region South West
Demographics
Population Unpopulated

Walker Island is an island located close to the south-western coast of Tasmania, Australia. The 15-hectare (0.058 sq mi) island is part of the Maatsuyker Islands Group, and comprise part of the Southwest National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.[1][2]

Fauna[edit]

Walker Island is part of the Maatsuyker Island Group Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance as a breeding site for seabirds.[3] Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are the little penguin (2-300 pairs), short-tailed shearwater (146,000 pairs), fairy prion (3,000 pairs), common diving-petrel (500 pairs), silver gull and sooty oystercatcher. The island is a haul-out site for the Australian fur seal and an occasional breeding site for the New Zealand fur seal. The Tasmanian tree skink is present.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002" (PDF). Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 August 2006. Retrieved 20 July 2006. 
  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. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Maatsuyker Island Group. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/08/2011.