When Carol wrote about the naming of Tasmanian towns, we started wondering about Eaglehawk Neck. The “Neck” part makes perfect sense: a narrow isthmus joins the Tasman Peninsula to the east coast of Tasmania. It’s where a string of vicious dogs stood guard against the possible escape of convicts from the Port Arthur Settlement. But what about “Eaglehawk”?

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Dog Line at Eaglehawk Neck (photo by Dan Fellow)

Eagles and Hawks: Birds of Prey

Maybe those tasked with naming couldn’t choose between their two favourite birds of prey, so they referenced both Eagles and Hawks in the moniker? We couldn’t find a valid reason for the naming, so you may like to tell us. Someone will know! We’ll come back to that question later.

In the meantime, we’ve put together a compilation showcasing several articles we’ve published over the Think Tasmania journey. Today’s collection has an Eagles theme. Sometimes we do things, just because we can! We’ve suspended the series of Best in Tassie Challenges, so now we’ll be revisiting the Top Five option (as we did for Tasmanian Wilderness), with the occasional Top Ten (Things to Do in Launceston) thrown in. We like to mix things up, keep it fresh. And we like to remind you about the people and places we know and love. New readers are joining us all the time, and we don’t want them to miss all the good stuff.

Eagles Nest Retreat

There’s no doubting Eagles Nest Retreat has the WOW factor in capital letters. It’s big enough to accommodate a family or group, but would still make the perfect honeymoon haven. There’s no other properties in sight; just vast expanses of rolling hillsides, a few cows and the impressive Mount Roland looming large on your doorstep. You can’t help but relax amid such peaceful and gorgeous surroundings. Click image for more information…

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Eagles Nest Retreat: Sheffield Tasmania

North Melbourne Kangaroos v West Coast Eagles

We’ve been lucky enough to catch an AFL match at Blundstone Arena in Bellerive. The North Melbourne Kangaroos will play two matches there each year from now on. In Hobart during the 2012 season, the West Coast Eagles were one of the scheduled opponents. The match provided some magnificent entertainment and closely contested footy right to the final siren.

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West Coast Eagles: Blundstone Arena (photo by Roger Findlay)

Sea Eagles: Photographer’s Holy Grail

Dan Fellow has visited Coles Bay on the east coast of Tasmania many times, basing himself at an accommodation property called Freycinet Sanctuary.  During one “brilliant weekend” he captured some of the best shots he’s ever taken. The images showcased things to do around the region, along with some of the wildlife.  Dan was very excited to get some fabulous photos of a Sea Eagle. They’re his “Holy Grail” as they’re hard to capture… with a camera!

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Sea Eagle: Freycinet Sanctuary (photo by Dan Fellow)

Eagles Eyrie

Carol Haberle was invited by guide Sarah Lockyer of Adventure Forests and Forestry Tasmania to join the Top of the World Tour to Eagles Eyrie. With husband Kev, she enjoyed a magical and unforgettable journey. Accompanied by Carol’s usual top-class photos, Think Tasmania published a wonderful three-part series about the experience. The Railtrack Riders at Maydnena and the beautiful Big Tree Reserve in the famous Styx Valley made up the other components of the series.

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Eagle sculpture (photo by Carol Haberle)

Wedge-tailed Eagles

The last article we’ll mention in today’s theme, is another by Carol Haberle. Tasmania’s magnificent wedge-tailed eagle is a sub-species of the Australian mainland variety. Having been isolated for 10,000 years from their mainland counterparts, Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles are an endemic subspecies. It is Tasmania’s largest bird of prey.

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Eagles: Trowunna Wildlife Park (photo by Carol Haberle)