Reed swamp, Saline sedgeland/grassland
Saltmarsh and tidal flats, Tidal wetlands and macrophytes beds
This reddish-brown bird has a white rump, and is the only large bird of prey that is commonly seen soaring on upswept (v-shaped) wings low over saltmarsh and wetland habitats. It can sometimes be seen dropping to the ground to catch small mammals, snakes, and birds. Swamp harriers nest on the ground among tall thick grasses and reeds. A migratory bird it arrives in Tasmania in early spring and leaves in autumn, but a few birds may spend winter hanging around wetlands and saltmarshes of the Derwent.