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Birds

Australia has the most endemic bird species of any country on earth.

Birdwatching Tours in Australia

Of all the world's birding tour destinations, Australia consistently ranks as one of the most exotic and fascinating. 

The geological evolution of the Australian continent has shaped the extraordinary variety of birds, estimated at 828 species (45% of which are endemic) at present. In fact, it has recently been determined that no other continent has contributed so greatly to the evolution of birds, with the majority of the world’s species having Australian ancestry. Birdwatchers across the world are continually captivated by the sights, stories and sounds of Australian species along with the opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitats. There is no doubt that Australia is one of the iconic destinations when it comes to bird watching experiences.

Australia is the birthplace of glorious songbirds and alluring parrots, with the evolutionary process contributing to the development of birds that are generally more intelligent, aggressive, loud, melodious and socially cooperative. It is also home to a range of bird families unique to the Australasian region including megapodes (mound builders), butcher birds, bowerbirds, lorikeets, lyrebirds, Australian creepers, wrens, honeyeaters and iconic cockatoos. Australia is also one of the best places to watch raptor birds as they hunt down prey and soar across breathtaking horizons.

With so many species spread across stunning and diverse habitats including tropical rainforests, coral reefs, coastal heaths, wetlands and swamps, grasslands, sandy and stony deserts and Eucalypt woodlands, it is little wonder why Australia is recognised across the globe as a birdwatchers paradise.

Wondering where the best places across Australia are to watch birds? Below you will see a list of bird watching tours in Australia listed by seasonthat are part of the Australian Wildlife Journeys group. Our range of experienced guides accommodate many of the most popular Australian birdwatching regions and wildlife sites throughout the country. 

We invite you to bring your camera and binoculars, so we can share our knowledge and passion with you on these birding tours of Australia, which also feature beautifully appointed accommodation options, outstanding culinary offerings and fabulous hospitality. 

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  • Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

    March,April,May, Kakadu & Arnhem Land

    Kakadu & Arnhem Land - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Mound-builders: Orange-footed Scrub-fowl |  Kingfishers: Forest Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher, Blue-winged Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Peaceful Dove, Diamond Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Torresian Imperial-Pigeon, Pied Imperial-Pigeon, Partridge Pigeon, Chestnut-quilled rock-pigeons | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pheasant Coucal, Pacific Koel, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Brush Cuckoo | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Galah, Little Corella, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Varied Lorikeet, Red-collared Lorikeet

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, Brown Goshawk, Black-breasted Buzzard, Osprey, Pacific Baza, Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Owls: Barking Owl

    Seabirds

    Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant | Darters: Australasian Darter

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: White-gaped Honeyeater, Bar-breasted Honeyeater, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, Rufous-throated Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Red-headed Honeyeater, Dusky Honeyeater | Wrens: Red-backed Fairywren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Striated Pardalote, Weebill | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Gray Whistler, Rufous Whistler, White-winged Triller, Varied Triller | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Leaden Flycatcher, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Paperbark Flycatcher, Shining Flycatcher, Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Northern Fantail, Willie-wagtail, Spangled Drongo | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike, White-bellied Cuckooshrike | Orioles & Figbirds: Green Oriole, Australiasian Figbird | Sparrows & Grassfinches: Crimson Finch, Double-barred Finch, Star Finch, Long-tailed Finch | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola | Pittas: Rainbow Pitta | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Magpie Lark, White-breasted Woodswallow | Bowerbirds: Great Bowerbird | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird, Helmeted Friarbird, Silver-crowned Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird | Ravens & Crows: Torresian Crow

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Magpie Goose, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Wandering Whistling-Duck, Radjar Shelduck, Green Pygmy-Goose, Pacific Black Duck Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew, Bush Stone-curlew | Jacanas: Comb-crested Jacana | Stilts & Avocets: Pied Stilt | Plovers & Dotterels: Black-fronted Dotterel, Pacific Golden Plover, Siberian Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Red-capped Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Nankeen Night Heron, Pacific Reef-Heron, Little Egret, Eastern Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Plumed Egret, Pied Heron, Striated Heron, Great-billed Heron, Australian Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Black-necked Stork, Black Bittern | Cranes & Relatives: Brolga, Sarus Crane, Buff-banded Rail, Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen, Red-necked Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe

    How to find these species

    Lords Sab Lord Guide Bio 01

    "By the end of the northern tropical summer (locally known as the wet season), native speargrasses have grown up to three metres high, providing plenty of seeds for Red-winged Parrots, Double-barred, Star, Crimson and Long-tailed Finches to feed upon. After their migration from southern areas, large flocks of Red-tailed Cockatoos can be heard screeching and flashing their vibrant banded tails, as they migrate from southern areas in flocks of up to one hundred birds. The Dollarbird is also commonly seen feeding insects before making the flight to the islands of New Guinea to spend the winter."

    Sab Lord, Tour Guide

    Suggested tour: Kakadu Birding Tour

    Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
    Type: Groups, Private Charter
    Departs: On request

    The World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park is one of the most pristine environments left on the planet and the combination of soil floodplains, paper bark swamps, savannah woodlands, monsoonal rainforests and river mangroves make this one of the world's great birdwatching sites, with over 280 species found across the region.

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  • Magpie Geese

    June,July,August, Kakadu & Arnhem Land

    Kakadu & Arnhem Land - Winter Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Mound-builders: Orange-footed Scrub-fowl |  Kingfishers: Forest Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher, Blue-winged Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Peaceful Dove, Diamond Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Torresian Imperial-Pigeon, Pied Imperial-Pigeon, Partridge Pigeon, Chestnut-quilled rock-pigeons | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pheasant Coucal, Pacific Koel, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Brush Cuckoo | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Galah, Little Corella, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Varied Lorikeet, Red-collared Lorikeet

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, Brown Goshawk, Black-breasted Buzzard, Osprey, Pacific Baza, Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Owls: Barking Owl

    Seabirds

    Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant | Darters: Australasian Darter

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: White-gaped Honeyeater, Bar-breasted Honeyeater, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, Rufous-throated Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Red-headed Honeyeater, Dusky Honeyeater | Wrens: Red-backed Fairywren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Striated Pardalote, Weebill | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Gray Whistler, Rufous Whistler, White-winged Triller, Varied Triller | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Leaden Flycatcher, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Paperbark Flycatcher, Shining Flycatcher, Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Northern Fantail, Willie-wagtail, Spangled Drongo | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike, White-bellied Cuckooshrike | Orioles & Figbirds: Green Oriole, Australiasian Figbird | Sparrows & Grassfinches: Crimson Finch, Double-barred Finch, Star Finch, Long-tailed Finch | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola | Pittas: Rainbow Pitta | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Magpie Lark, White-breasted Woodswallow | Bowerbirds: Great Bowerbird | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird, Helmeted Friarbird, Silver-crowned Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird | Ravens & Crows: Torresian Crow

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Magpie Goose, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Wandering Whistling-Duck, Radjar Shelduck, Green Pygmy-Goose, Pacific Black Duck Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew, Bush Stone-curlew | Jacanas: Comb-crested Jacana | Stilts & Avocets: Pied Stilt | Plovers & Dotterels: Black-fronted Dotterel, Pacific Golden Plover, Siberian Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Red-capped Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Nankeen Night Heron, Pacific Reef-Heron, Little Egret, Eastern Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Plumed Egret, Pied Heron, Striated Heron, Great-billed Heron, Australian Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Black-necked Stork, Black Bittern | Cranes & Relatives: Brolga, Sarus Crane, Buff-banded Rail, Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen, Red-necked Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe

    How to find these species

    Lords Sab Lord Guide Bio 01

    "Magpie Geese are spread far and wide over the pristine floodplains at this time including Bamurru, having laid their eggs with a typical clutch of 5-14 eggs. Some males mate with two females, all of which raise the young, unlike other polygamous birds. We often see White-bellied Sea Eagles, Brahminy and Whistling Kites target newly hatched chicks from the skies above, with one of the best opportunities to see their aerial skills at Yellow Waters. The alluring Azure Kingfisher also waits patiently along the waterways across both Kakadu & Arnhem Land on its fishing missions. We also stop across different areas to witness huge flocks of Plumed Whistling, Wandering Whistling and Spotted Whistling Ducks, all plucking on tropical grasses in between uttering their high pitched whistles."

    Sab Lord, Tour Guide

    Suggested tour: Kakadu Birding Tour

    Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
    Type: Groups, Private Charter
    Departs: On request

    The World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park is one of the most pristine environments left on the planet and the combination of soil floodplains, paper bark swamps, savannah woodlands, monsoonal rainforests and river mangroves make this one of the world's great birdwatching sites, with over 280 species found across the region.

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  • Comb-crested Jacana

    September,October,November, Kakadu & Arnhem Land

    Kakadu & Arnhem Land - Spring Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Mound-builders: Orange-footed Scrub-fowl |  Kingfishers: Forest Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher, Blue-winged Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Peaceful Dove, Diamond Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Torresian Imperial-Pigeon, Pied Imperial-Pigeon, Partridge Pigeon, Chestnut-quilled rock-pigeons | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pheasant Coucal, Pacific Koel, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Brush Cuckoo | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Galah, Little Corella, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Varied Lorikeet, Red-collared Lorikeet

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, Brown Goshawk, Black-breasted Buzzard, Osprey, Pacific Baza, Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Owls: Barking Owl

    Seabirds

    Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant | Darters: Australasian Darter

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: White-gaped Honeyeater, Bar-breasted Honeyeater, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, Rufous-throated Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Red-headed Honeyeater, Dusky Honeyeater | Wrens: Red-backed Fairywren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Striated Pardalote, Weebill | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Gray Whistler, Rufous Whistler, White-winged Triller, Varied Triller | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Leaden Flycatcher, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Paperbark Flycatcher, Shining Flycatcher, Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Northern Fantail, Willie-wagtail, Spangled Drongo | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike, White-bellied Cuckooshrike | Orioles & Figbirds: Green Oriole, Australiasian Figbird | Sparrows & Grassfinches: Crimson Finch, Double-barred Finch, Star Finch, Long-tailed Finch | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola | Pittas: Rainbow Pitta | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Magpie Lark, White-breasted Woodswallow | Bowerbirds: Great Bowerbird | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird, Helmeted Friarbird, Silver-crowned Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird | Ravens & Crows: Torresian Crow

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Magpie Goose, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Wandering Whistling-Duck, Radjar Shelduck, Green Pygmy-Goose, Pacific Black Duck Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew, Bush Stone-curlew | Jacanas: Comb-crested Jacana | Stilts & Avocets: Pied Stilt | Plovers & Dotterels: Black-fronted Dotterel, Pacific Golden Plover, Siberian Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Red-capped Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Nankeen Night Heron, Pacific Reef-Heron, Little Egret, Eastern Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Plumed Egret, Pied Heron, Striated Heron, Great-billed Heron, Australian Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Black-necked Stork, Black Bittern | Cranes & Relatives: Brolga, Sarus Crane, Buff-banded Rail, Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen, Red-necked Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe

    How to find these species

    Lords Sab Lord Guide Bio 01

    "As the end of the dry season approaches, the shrinking floodplains bring together a higher concentration of waterbirds, providing excellent opportunities to spot several duck species, egrets, Royal Spoonbills, Black-winged Stilts and the Black-necked Storks (locally known as the Jabirus).

    One of the most famous meeting rituals in the bird kingdom is common at this time as Brolgas gather in the wetlands across the region. The Blue-winged Kookaburra changes its diet with the drier conditions and we are fortunate to have a family group adjacent to our Kakadu Tented Camp."

    Sab Lord, Tour Guide

    Suggested tour: Kakadu Birding Tour

    Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
    Type: Groups, Private Charter
    Departs: On request

    The World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park is one of the most pristine environments left on the planet and the combination of soil floodplains, paper bark swamps, savannah woodlands, monsoonal rainforests and river mangroves make this one of the world's great birdwatching sites, with over 280 species found across the region.

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  • Buff Banded-Rail

    September,October,November, Frankland Islands National Park

    Frankland Islands - Summer Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Mound-builders: Orange-footed Scrubfowl | Kingfishers: Sacred Kingfisher, Torresian Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher | Pigeons & Doves: Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, Torresian Imperial-Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pacific Koel

    Raptors Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Grey Goshawk, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Falcons: Peregrine Falcon | Owls: Barn Owl
    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Black Noddy, Sooty Tern, Bridled Tern, Little Tern, Common Tern, Black-naped Tern, Roseate Tern, Great Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant | Pelicans:  Australian Pelican | Frigatebirds: Great Frigatebird, Lesser Frigatebird

    Songbirds Honeyeaters: Varied Honeyeater | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Leaden Flycatcher | Orioles & Figbirds: Australiasian Figbird | Cuckoo-shrikes: White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Magpie-lark, White-breasted Woodswallow | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow
    Waterbirds & Waders

    Snipes & Relatives: Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Wandering Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone  | Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew | Plovers & Dotterels: Masked Lapwing, Siberian Sand-Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Black-necked Stork, Pacific Reef-Heron, Little Egret, Striated Heron, Great White Egret, Plumed Egret, Great-billed Heron | Cranes & Relatives: Buff-banded Rail

    Suggested Tour: Frankland Islands Reef Cruises Day Tour

    Duration: Full Day
    Type: Shared or Private 

    Spend the day at one of the most beautiful snorkelling locations on the Great Barrier Reef, with the opportunity to experience World Heritage-listed rivers, rainforests and reefs. Leave the crowds behind and enjoy exclusive access to the hidden treasure that is the Frankland Islands National Park.

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    Tours in Frankland Islands National Park related to Birds

  • Beach Stone-Curlew

    January,February,December, Frankland Islands National Park

    Frankland Islands - Summer Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Mound-builders: Orange-footed Scrubfowl | Kingfishers: Sacred Kingfisher, Torresian Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher | Pigeons & Doves: Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, Torresian Imperial-Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pacific Koel

    Raptors Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Grey Goshawk, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Falcons: Peregrine Falcon | Owls: Barn Owl
    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Black Noddy, Sooty Tern, Bridled Tern, Little Tern, Common Tern, Black-naped Tern, Roseate Tern, Great Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant | Pelicans:  Australian Pelican | Frigatebirds: Great Frigatebird, Lesser Frigatebird

    Songbirds Honeyeaters: Varied Honeyeater | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Leaden Flycatcher | Orioles & Figbirds: Australiasian Figbird | Cuckoo-shrikes: White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Magpie-lark, White-breasted Woodswallow | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow
    Waterbirds & Waders

    Snipes & Relatives: Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Wandering Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone  | Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew | Plovers & Dotterels: Masked Lapwing, Siberian Sand-Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Black-necked Stork, Pacific Reef-Heron, Little Egret, Striated Heron, Great White Egret, Plumed Egret, Great-billed Heron | Cranes & Relatives: Buff-banded Rail

    Suggested Tour: Frankland Islands Reef Cruises Day Tour

    Duration: Full Day
    Type: Shared or Private 

    Spend the day at one of the most beautiful snorkelling locations on the Great Barrier Reef, with the opportunity to experience World Heritage-listed rivers, rainforests and reefs. Leave the crowds behind and enjoy exclusive access to the hidden treasure that is the Frankland Islands National Park.

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    Tours in Frankland Islands National Park related to Birds

  • Black-necked Stork

    March,April,May, Frankland Islands National Park

    Frankland Islands - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Mound-builders: Orange-footed Scrubfowl | Kingfishers: Sacred Kingfisher, Torresian Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher | Pigeons & Doves: Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, Torresian Imperial-Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pacific Koel

    Raptors Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Grey Goshawk, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Falcons: Peregrine Falcon | Owls: Barn Owl
    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Black Noddy, Sooty Tern, Bridled Tern, Little Tern, Common Tern, Black-naped Tern, Roseate Tern, Great Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant | Pelicans:  Australian Pelican | Frigatebirds: Great Frigatebird, Lesser Frigatebird

    Songbirds Honeyeaters: Varied Honeyeater | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Leaden Flycatcher | Orioles & Figbirds: Australiasian Figbird | Cuckoo-shrikes: White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Magpie-lark, White-breasted Woodswallow | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow
    Waterbirds & Waders

    Snipes & Relatives: Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Wandering Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone  | Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew | Plovers & Dotterels: Masked Lapwing, Siberian Sand-Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Black-necked Stork, Pacific Reef-Heron, Little Egret, Striated Heron, Great White Egret, Plumed Egret, Great-billed Heron | Cranes & Relatives: Buff-banded Rail

    Suggested Tour: Frankland Islands Reef Cruises Day Tour

    Duration: Full Day
    Type: Shared or Private 

    Spend the day at one of the most beautiful snorkelling locations on the Great Barrier Reef, with the opportunity to experience World Heritage-listed rivers, rainforests and reefs. Leave the crowds behind and enjoy exclusive access to the hidden treasure that is the Frankland Islands National Park.

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    Tours in Frankland Islands National Park related to Birds

  • Australian Figbird

    June,July,August, Frankland Islands National Park

    Frankland Islands - Winter Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Mound-builders: Orange-footed Scrubfowl | Kingfishers: Sacred Kingfisher, Torresian Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher | Pigeons & Doves: Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, Torresian Imperial-Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pacific Koel

    Raptors Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Grey Goshawk, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Falcons: Peregrine Falcon | Owls: Barn Owl
    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Black Noddy, Sooty Tern, Bridled Tern, Little Tern, Common Tern, Black-naped Tern, Roseate Tern, Great Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant | Pelicans:  Australian Pelican | Frigatebirds: Great Frigatebird, Lesser Frigatebird

    Songbirds Honeyeaters: Varied Honeyeater | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Leaden Flycatcher | Orioles & Figbirds: Australiasian Figbird | Cuckoo-shrikes: White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Magpie-lark, White-breasted Woodswallow | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow
    Waterbirds & Waders

    Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew | Plovers & Dotterels: Masked Lapwing | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Black-necked Stork, Pacific Reef-Heron, Little Egret, Striated Heron, Great White Egret, Plumed Egret, Great-billed Heron | Cranes & Relatives: Buff-banded Rail, 

    Suggested Tour: Frankland Islands Reef Cruises Day Tour

    Duration: Full Day
    Type: Shared or Private 

    Spend the day at one of the most beautiful snorkelling locations on the Great Barrier Reef, with the opportunity to experience World Heritage-listed rivers, rainforests and reefs. Leave the crowds behind and enjoy exclusive access to the hidden treasure that is the Frankland Islands National Park.

    Full Itinerary

    Tours in Frankland Islands National Park related to Birds

  • March,April, Bremer Bay

    Bremer Bay - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: White-bellied Sea Eagle, Osprey

    Seabirds

    Albatrosses: Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Shy Albatross, Wandering Albatross, Snowy Albatross, Antipodean Albatross, Chatham Albatross, Amsterdam Albatross | Petrels & Shearwaters: Short-tailed Shearwater, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Hutton's Shearwater, Little Shearwater, White-faced Storm-Petrel, Great-winged Petrel, Cook's Petrel, Pycroft's Petrel, Barau's Petrel, Wilson's Storm Petrel, Northern Giant Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel | Gannets & Boobies: Australasia Gannet | Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pacific Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Skuas: Brown Skua

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Snipes & Relatives: Red Knot, Sanderling | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Hooded Plover, Grey Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, Reef Egret, Great Egret 

     

    Suggested Tour: Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expedition

    Duration: Full day
    Type: Shared

    The Bremer Canyon has become one of the most sought-after whale watching expeditions across the globe, with over 100 Killer Whales (Orcas) returning to the submarine canyon each year from December to April; the only place in Australia where you can regularly encounter Killer Whales in the wild.

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    Tours in Bremer Bay related to Birds

  • Wandering Albatross

    January,February,December, Bremer Bay

    Bremer Bay - Summer Sightings by Bird Group

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: White-bellied Sea Eagle, Osprey

    Seabirds

    Albatrosses: Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Shy Albatross, Wandering Albatross, Snowy Albatross, Antipodean Albatross, Chatham Albatross, Amsterdam Albatross | Petrels & Shearwaters: Short-tailed Shearwater, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Hutton's Shearwater, Little Shearwater, White-faced Storm-Petrel, Great-winged Petrel, Cook's Petrel, Pycroft's Petrel, Barau's Petrel, Wilson's Storm Petrel, Northern Giant Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel | Gannets & Boobies: Australasia Gannet | Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pacific Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Skuas: Brown Skua

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Snipes & Relatives: Red Knot, Sanderling | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Hooded Plover, Grey Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, Reef Egret, Great Egret 

    How to find these species

    Daniel Mantle"On the Bremer Bay Bird Expedition, we often spot Flesh-footed and Little Shearwaters, Great-winged Petrels, White-faced Storm-Petrels, along with visitors from much further afield including Indian Yellow-nosed, Black-browed, and Shy Albatross. One of my favourites to showcase to guests is the White-faced Storm-petrel. We see them jumping from spot to spot across the ocean surface, pushing off with their webbed feet. Most Storm-petrels patter across the water in similar manners – as if they are 'walking on water' – and are sometimes referred to as Jesus Birds. 

    Daniel Mantle, Birding Specialist Guide

    Suggested Tour: Bremer Bay Bird Expedition

    Duration: Full day
    Type: Shared - set departure dates.

    In December a series of birdwatching trips out to the Bremer Canyon with experienced seabird guides. This is a rare opportunity to use Naturaliste Charter's whale watching catamaran, the Alison Maree, before the start of the main Orca tour season.

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  • Brown Booby

    July,August, Hervey Bay

    Hervey Bay - Winter Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Sacred Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pacific Koel

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, Black-shouldered Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle 

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet, Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Silver Gull, Pacific Gull, Australian Tern, Caspian Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Great Crested Tern, Whiskered Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Common Noddy | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican 

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Mangrove Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Blue-faced Honeyeater | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Leaden Flycatcher | Orioles & Figbirds: Australasian Figbird | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, White-breasted Woodswallow | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers & Dotterels: Masked Lapwing | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Pacific Reef-Heron, White-faced Heron, Striated Heron, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Plumed Egret, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Little Egret, Australian White Ibis  | Cranes & Relatives: Buff-banded Rail

    Suggested Tour: Ultimate Hervey Bay Whale Watching

    Duration: 3 hours
    Type: Shared or Private 

    Explore the world's first declared Whale Heritage Site at Hervey Bay, known for coming alive with thousands of Humpback Whales between July and October. This region is known for having some of the most active and inquisitive whales found anywhere across the globe, with breaches, whale songs and muggings common practice.

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  • Royal Spoonbills

    March,April,May, Hervey Bay

    Hervey Bay - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Sacred Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pacific Koel

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, Black-shouldered Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle 

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet, Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Silver Gull, Pacific Gull, Australian Tern, Caspian Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Great Crested Tern, Whiskered Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Common Noddy | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Shearwater: Short-tailed Shearwater

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Mangrove Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Blue-faced Honeyeater | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Leaden Flycatcher | Orioles & Figbirds: Australasian Figbird | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, White-breasted Woodswallow | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Snipes & Relatives: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Red-necked Stint, Eastern Curlew, Ruddy Turnstone, Whimbrel | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers & Dotterels: Pacific Golden-Plover, Greater Sand-Plover, Masked Lapwing, Siberian Sand-Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Pacific Reef-Heron, White-faced Heron, Striated Heron, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Plumed Egret, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Little Egret, Australian White Ibis  | Cranes & Relatives: Buff-banded Rail

    Suggested Tour: Hervey Bay Nature Cruise

    Duration: 2 hours
    Type: Shared or Private 

    Explore the best of the Great Sandy Marine Park in the spectacular morning light, led by knowledgeable Marine Naturalists. The region's remarkable mix of picturesque bays, seagrass meadows, salt marshes, mangroves and sandy beaches provide habitat to abundant birdlife, turtles and dolphins.

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  • Osprey

    January,February,December, Hervey Bay

    Hervey Bay - Summer Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Sacred Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pacific Koel

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, Black-shouldered Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle 

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet, Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Silver Gull, Pacific Gull, Australian Tern, Caspian Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Great Crested Tern, Whiskered Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Common Noddy | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Shearwater: Short-tailed Shearwater

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Mangrove Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Blue-faced Honeyeater | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Leaden Flycatcher | Orioles & Figbirds: Australasian Figbird | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, White-breasted Woodswallow | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Snipes & Relatives: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Red-necked Stint, Eastern Curlew, Ruddy Turnstone, Whimbrel | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers & Dotterels: Pacific Golden-Plover, Greater Sand-Plover, Masked Lapwing, Siberian Sand-Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Pacific Reef-Heron, White-faced Heron, Striated Heron, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Plumed Egret, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Little Egret, Australian White Ibis  | Cranes & Relatives: Buff-banded Rail

    Suggested Tour: Hervey Bay Nature Cruise

    Duration: 2 hours
    Type: Shared or Private 

    Explore the best of the Great Sandy Marine Park in the spectacular morning light, led by knowledgeable Marine Naturalists. The region's remarkable mix of picturesque bays, seagrass meadows, salt marshes, mangroves and sandy beaches provide habitat to abundant birdlife, turtles and dolphins.

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  • Australasian Gannet

    September,October, Hervey Bay

    Hervey Bay - Spring Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Sacred Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pacific Koel

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, Black-shouldered Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle 

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet, Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Silver Gull, Pacific Gull, Australian Tern, Caspian Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Great Crested Tern, Whiskered Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Common Noddy | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Shearwater: Short-tailed Shearwater

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Mangrove Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Blue-faced Honeyeater | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Leaden Flycatcher | Orioles & Figbirds: Australasian Figbird | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, White-breasted Woodswallow | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Snipes & Relatives: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Red-necked Stint, Eastern Curlew, Ruddy Turnstone, Whimbrel | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers & Dotterels: Pacific Golden-Plover, Greater Sand-Plover, Masked Lapwing, Siberian Sand-Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Pacific Reef-Heron, White-faced Heron, Striated Heron, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Plumed Egret, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Little Egret, Australian White Ibis  | Cranes & Relatives: Buff-banded Rail

     

    Suggested Tour: Ultimate Hervey Bay Whale Watching

    Duration: 3 hours
    Type: Shared or Private 

    Explore the world's first declared Whale Heritage Site at Hervey Bay, known for coming alive with thousands of Humpback Whales between July and October. This region is known for having some of the most active and inquisitive whales found anywhere across the globe, with breaches, whale songs and muggings common practice.

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  • Musk Duck

    June,July,August, Eyre Peninsula

    Eyre Peninsula - Winter Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Sacred Kingfisher | Pigeons & Doves: Rock Dove, Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon

    Parrots Parrots & Cockatoos: Galah, Rock Parrot, Port Lincoln Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Mulga Parrot, Yellow-tailed Cockatoo
    Raptors Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon
    Seabirds Gannets & Boobies: | Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pacific Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican
    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Singing Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Southern Emu-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Spotted Scrubwren, White-browed Scrubwren, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Inland Thornbill | Robins: Southern Scrub-robin, Western Yellow Robin, Scarlet Robin | WhipbirdsWestern Whipbird | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Western Whistler, Grey Strikethrush | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Grey Currawong, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven | Bowerbirds:  | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Starlings:  | Treecreepers:  | Friarbirds:  | Flowerpeckers: | Babblers: White-browed Babbler |  White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Musk Duck | Snipes & Relatives: Common Greenshank, Red-necked Stint, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Red-capped Plover, Banded Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Great Egret | Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe

    How to find these species

    Guides - Fran Solly v2

    "We take guests out to Big Swamp over this season, to see a wide variety of waterbirds, with many commencing their nesting season. Black Swans, Grey Teal Ducks, Chestnut Teal Ducks, Pink Eared Ducks, Musk Ducks, Black Winged Stilts, Banded Plovers and Cape Barren Geese are all possible encounters.

    Across Coffin Bay National Park, there are active Osprey and White-bellied Sea Eagle nests, with pairs often seen fishing along the cliffs and sandy white beaches.  The area is also home to Caspian Terns, Hooded Plovers, Red Capped Plovers, Red Necked Stints, Golden Whistlers, Masked Lapwings, Emus and Wedge-tailed Eagles.  There is also a chance to see the elusive Southern Emu-Wren and a remnant flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos."

    Fran Solly, Birding Specialist Guide

    Suggested Tour: Southern Eyre Peninsula Birdwatching

    Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
    Type: Private, Shared Departures available seasonally

    Home to 270 species of birds and 1900 native plant species, this tour across the Southern Eyre Peninsula traverses coastal dune shrublands, mallee woodlands, sandflats, saltmarsh, subcoastal and clifftops.

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  • Port Lincoln Parrot

    March,April,May, Eyre Peninsula

    Eyre Peninsula - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Sacred Kingfisher | Pigeons & Doves: Rock Dove, Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon

    Parrots Parrots & Cockatoos: Galah, Rock Parrot, Port Lincoln Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Mulga Parrot, Yellow-tailed Cockatoo
    Raptors Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon
    Seabirds Gannets & Boobies: | Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pacific Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican
    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Singing Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Spotted Scrubwren, White-browed Scrubwren, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Inland Thornbill | Robins: Southern Scrub-robin, Western Yellow Robin, Scarlet Robin | WhipbirdsWestern Whipbird | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Western Whistler, Grey Strikethrush | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Grey Currawong, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven | Bowerbirds:  | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Starlings:  | Treecreepers:  | Friarbirds:  | Flowerpeckers: | Babblers: White-browed Babbler |  White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Musk Duck | Snipes & Relatives: Common Greenshank, Red-necked Stint, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper| Stone Curlews:  | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Red-capped Plover, Banded Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Great Egret | Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe

    How to find these species

    Guides - Fran Solly v2

    “A small flock of remnant Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos aggregate post breeding during the Autumn and Port Lincoln (Australian Ringneck) Parrots, Australian Magpies, Galahs, Red Wattlebirds, Black-Faced Cuckoo-shrikes, Masked Lapwings, Western Whistlers and an occasional Scarlet Robin can be seen across Port Lincoln National Park and Mikkira.

    It's always a joy to showcase the rugged cliffs along the Great Australian Bight to view Osprey and White Bellied Sea-Eagles along with other raptors including kites and Swamp Harriers.  In beautiful Memory Cove, birds that may be encountered include Purple-Gaped Honeyeaters, Striated Pardalotes, Spiney-Cheeked Honeyeaters, Dusky Woodswallows, Western Yellow Robins, Blue-breasted Fairy-wrens and White-Browed Scrubwrens.

    Fran Solly, Birding Specialist Guide

    Suggested Tour: Southern Eyre Peninsula Birdwatching

    Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
    Type: Private, Shared Departures available seasonally

    Home to 270 species of birds and 1900 native plant species, this tour across the Southern Eyre Peninsula traverses coastal dune shrublands, mallee woodlands, sandflats, saltmarsh, subcoastal and clifftops.

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  • Black-shouldered Kite

    January,February,December, Eyre Peninsula

    Eyre Peninsula - Summer Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Sacred Kingfisher | Pigeons & Doves: Rock Dove, Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Galah, Rock Parrot, Port Lincoln Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Mulga Parrot, Yellow-tailed Cockatoo  

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp HarrierFalcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasia Gannet | Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Whiskered Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pacific Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Singing Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Blue-headed Honeyeater | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Southern Emu-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Spotted Scrubwren, White-browed Scrubwren, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Inland Thornbill | Robins: Southern Scrub-robin, Western Yellow Robin, Scarlet Robin | Whipbirds: Western Whipbird | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Western Whistler, Grey Strikethrush | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Grey Currawong, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers:  Rufous Treecreeper | Babblers: White-browed Babbler | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Musk Duck | Snipes & Relatives: Common Greenshank, Red-necked Stint, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, Latham's Snipe | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Red-capped Plover, Banded Plover, Grey Plover, Hooded Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron,Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Great Egret | Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe

    How to find these species

    Guides - Fran Solly v2

    “Summer is the nesting season for Pied Oystercatchers, Hooded Dotterels, Red-capped Plovers so we explore several local beaches on the peninsula at this time, whilst keeping a lookout for the migratory Common Greenshank after their enormous flights from the Northern Hemisphere.

    A visit to Big Swamp provides sanctuary for Black Swans, Grey Teal Ducks, Chestnut Teal Ducks, Pink Eared Ducks, Musk Ducks and Black Winged Stilts and at Mikkira and Lincoln National Park, Port Lincoln (Australian Ringneck) Parrots, Common Bronzewings, Striated Pardalotes, Spiney-Cheeked Honeyeaters and White-Browed Scrubwrens abundant. Pallid Cuckoos also migrate to the peninsula over the Summer."

    Fran Solly, Birding Specialist Guide

    Suggested Tour: Southern Eyre Peninsula Birdwatching

    Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
    Type: Private, Shared Departures available seasonally

    Home to 270 species of birds and 1900 native plant species, this tour across the Southern Eyre Peninsula traverses coastal dune shrublands, mallee woodlands, sandflats, saltmarsh, subcoastal and clifftops.

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  • Osprey

    September,October,November, Eyre Peninsula

    Eyre Peninsula - Spring Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Sacred Kingfisher | Pigeons & Doves: Rock Dove, Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Galah, Rock Parrot, Port Lincoln Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Mulga Parrot, Yellow-tailed Cockatoo  

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasia Gannet | Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Whiskered Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pacific Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Singing Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Blue-headed Honeyeater | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Southern Emu-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Spotted Scrubwren, White-browed Scrubwren, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Inland Thornbill, Weebill | Robins: Southern Scrub-robin, Western Yellow Robin, Scarlet Robin | Whipbirds: Western Whipbird | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Western Whistler, Grey Strikethrush | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Grey Currawong, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers:  Rufous Treecreeper | Babblers: White-browed Babbler | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Musk Duck | Snipes & Relatives: Common Greenshank, Red-necked Stint, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, Latham's Snipe | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Red-capped Plover, Banded Plover, Grey Plover, Hooded Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron,Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Great Egret | Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe

    How to find these species

    Guides - Fran Solly v2

    "White-bellied Sea Eagles and Osprey nest along our spectacular coastal cliff habitats and rocky offshore islands, with young typically fledging late in Spring.

    It's an amazing time to spot many of our bushbirds in the national parks, including Striated Pardalotes, Western Yellow Robins, Western Whistlers, White-Browed Babblers, Red Wattlebirds, Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes, New Holland Honeyeaters, Brown-Headed Honey Eaters along with Port Lincoln and Rock Parrots. We also spend some time looking for some of the rarer species including Scarlet Robins, Diamond Firetails, Southern Emu-wrens and Western Whipbirds and the migratory Wood Sandpiper and Latham's Snipe."

    Fran Solly, Birding Specialist Guide

    Suggested Tour: Southern Eyre Peninsula Birdwatching

    Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
    Type: Private, Shared Departures available seasonally

    Home to 270 species of birds and 1900 native plant species, this tour across the Southern Eyre Peninsula traverses coastal dune shrublands, mallee woodlands, sandflats, saltmarsh, subcoastal and clifftops.

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  • Royal Spoonbill

    June,July,August, Riverland, South Australia

    Riverland - Winter Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher | Pigeons & Doves: Common Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove | Frogmouths: Tawny Frogmouth

    Parrots Parrots & Cockatoos: Australian Ringneck, Yellow Rosella, Eastern Bluebonnet, Red-rumped Parrot, Mulga Parrot, Regent Parrot, Galah, Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Musk Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet
    Raptors Hawks & Eagles: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Brown Goshawk, Whistling Kite, Black Kite, Black-shouldered Kite | Falcons: Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon
    Seabirds Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Whiskered Tern, Silver Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Darters: Australasian Darter
    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Singing Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, White-fronted Honeyeater, New-Holland Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Miner, Yellow-throated Miner | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, White-winged Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Inland Thornbill | Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Southern Whiteface | Robins: Southern Scrub-robin, Western Yellow Robin, Scarlet Robin | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Gilbert's Whistler, Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail, Restless Flycatcher | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola, Australian Reed-Warbler, Little Grassbird | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Grey Currawong, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow, White-browed Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven, Little Crow | Mudnesters: White-winged Chough, Apostlebird | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers: Brown Treecreeper, White-browed Treecreeper | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird |Babblers: White-browed Babbler, Chestnut-crowned Babbler | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Freckled Duck, Musk Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Musk Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Hardhead, Australian Shoveler | Stone Curlews: Bush Stone Curlew | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt, Banded Stilt, Red-necked Avocet | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Banded Lapwing, Red-kneed Dotterel, Red-capped Plover,  Black-fronted Dotterel | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron, Eastern Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Nankeen Night Heron, Australian Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Black-tailed Native Hen, Eurasian Coot, Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe, Great-crested Grebe

    How to find these species

    Guides - Tony Sharley"Calm conditions after the Autumn rains trigger new growth on the floodplains over winter. Emus start nesting and we occasionally startle them on their massive turquoise eggs. Red-capped Robins and Variegated Fairywrens are active in the undergrowth. The days grow longer and warmer and Black Swans are pairing and building rafts to nest on. We spot stripy Emu chicks that stay close to dad as they discover the speed in their new legs. On the Murray River Walk, we also often spot Wedge-tailed Eagles, Gilbert's Whistlers, and vividly coloured Mulga Parrots, Red-rumped Parrots, Australian Ringnecks and Blue Bonnet Parrots."

    Tony Sharley, Lead Guide

    Suggested Tour: Murray River Walk

    Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
    Type: Shared 

    Immerse yourself in four easy days of hiking along Australia's greatest river. Exploring this river oasis that brings life to the outback, friendly guides will share the region's incredible birdlife, marsupials and reptiles.

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  • Regent Parrot

    September,October,November, Riverland, South Australia

    Riverland - Spring Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater | Pigeons & Doves: Common Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Pacific Emerald Dove | Cuckoos & Coucals: Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo, Black-eared Cuckoo | Frogmouths: Tawny Frogmouth

    Parrots Parrots & Cockatoos: Australian Ringneck, Yellow Rosella, Eastern Bluebonnet, Red-rumped Parrot, Mulga Parrot, Regent Parrot, Galah, Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Musk Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet
    Raptors Hawks & Eagles: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Brown Goshawk, Whistling Kite, Black Kite, Black-shouldered Kite | Falcons: Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon
    Seabirds Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Whiskered Tern, Silver Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Darters: Australasian Darter
    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Singing Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, White-fronted Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Miner, Yellow-throated Miner | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, White-winged Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Inland Thornbill | Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Southern Whiteface | Robins: Southern Scrub-robin, Western Yellow Robin, Scarlet Robin | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Gilbert's Whistler, Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail, Restless Flycatcher | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike, White-winged Triller | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola, Australian Reed-Warbler, Little Grassbird | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Grey Currawong, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow, White-browed Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven, Little Crow | Mudnesters: White-winged Chough, Apostlebird | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers: Brown Treecreeper, White-browed Treecreeper | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird |Babblers: White-browed Babbler, Chestnut-crowned Babbler | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Freckled Duck, Musk Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Musk Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Hardhead, Australian Shoveler | Snipes & Relatives: Common Greenshank, Red-necked Stint, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Latham's Snipe, Ruddy Turnstone | Stone Curlews: Bush Stone Curlew | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt, Banded Stilt, Red-necked Avocet | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Banded Lapwing, Red-kneed Dotterel, Red-capped Plover,  Black-fronted Dotterel | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron, Eastern Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Nankeen Night Heron, Australian Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Black-tailed Native Hen, Eurasian Coot, Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe, Great-crested Grebe

    How to find these species

    Guides - Tony Sharley"One of the highlights of the Murray River Safari is a visit to the region's ephemeral lakes, which provides access to Black Swans, Pink Eared Ducks, Musk Ducks, Black Winged Stilts, Australian Shovelers, Red-necked Avocets, plovers, ibis, egrets and sandpipers to name a few.

    The Rainbow Bee-eaters are fascinating as you can set your clock by them. They arrive from northern Australia in the first week of October and stay until the first week in April. They come here to breed and dig out tiny tunnels in the sandy cliffs found on either side of the river valley. They build their nests inside those tunnels."

    Tony Sharley, Lead Guide

    Suggested Tour: Murray River Safari

    Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
    Type: Shared 

    Experience the diverse wildlife offerings where Australia's river oasis meets the outback. This multi-activity wildlife safari along Australia's greatest river includes guided walks, canoeing, an outback drive and open back cruising, combined with luxurious houseboat accommodation and superb dining including local wines.

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  • Australasian Darter

    March,April,May, Riverland, South Australia

    Riverland - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater | Pigeons & Doves: Common Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove | Cuckoos & Coucals: Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo, Black-eared Cuckoo | Frogmouths: Tawny Frogmouth

    Parrots Parrots & Cockatoos: Australian Ringneck, Yellow Rosella, Eastern Bluebonnet, Red-rumped Parrot, Mulga Parrot, Regent Parrot, Galah, Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Musk Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet
    Raptors Hawks & Eagles: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Brown Goshawk, Whistling Kite, Black Kite, Black-shouldered Kite | Falcons: Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon
    Seabirds Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Whiskered Tern, Silver Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Darters: Australasian Darter
    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Singing Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, White-fronted Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Miner, Yellow-throated Miner | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, White-winged Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Inland Thornbill | Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Southern Whiteface | Robins: Southern Scrub-robin, Western Yellow Robin, Scarlet Robin | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Gilbert's Whistler, Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail, Restless Flycatcher | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike, White-winged Triller | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola, Australian Reed-Warbler, Little Grassbird | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Grey Currawong, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow, White-browed Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven, Little Crow | Mudnesters: White-winged Chough, Apostlebird | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers: Brown Treecreeper, White-browed Treecreeper | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird |Babblers: White-browed Babbler, Chestnut-crowned Babbler |  White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Freckled Duck, Musk Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Musk Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Hardhead, Australian Shoveler | Snipes & Relatives: Common Greenshank, Red-necked Stint, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Latham's Snipe, Ruddy Turnstone | Stone Curlews: Bush Stone Curlew | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt, Banded Stilt, Red-necked Avocet | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Banded Lapwing, Red-kneed Dotterel, Red-capped Plover,  Black-fronted Dotterel | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron, Eastern Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Nankeen Night Heron, Australian Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Black-tailed Native Hen, Eurasian Coot, Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe, Great-crested Grebe

    How to find these species

    Guides - Tony Sharley"We spend the bulk of our time in the Riverland Ramsar wetlands on Murray River Safari, which is home to more than 180 species of birds. This is the time of year we see migratory water birds, local black swans, many species of duck, honeyeaters, and abundant parrots including the vulnerable Regent Parrot. Two of our smallest birds, the Red-capped Robin and the Mistletoebird, are celebrated when sighted because of their brilliant red plumage. I really enjoy observing Blue-winged Shovelers and Pink-eared Ducks. They are such beautiful wetland birds that use their filter feeding bills to catch small aquatic plants and animals that live in the ephemeral lakes when they fill."

    Tony Sharley, Lead Guide

    Suggested Tour: Murray River Safari

    Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
    Type: Shared 

    Experience the diverse wildlife offerings where Australia's river oasis meets the outback. This multi-activity wildlife safari along Australia's greatest river includes guided walks, canoeing, an outback drive and open back cruising, combined with luxurious houseboat accommodation and superb dining including local wines.

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  • Tasmanian Native Hen

    June,July,August, Tasmania

    Tasmania - Winter Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Rock Dove, Spotted Dove, Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing | Frogmouths & Nightjars: Tawny Frogmouth

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Green Rosella, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Galah, Long-billed Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Blue-winged Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Musk Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Brown Goshawk, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Falcons: Brown Falcon, Peregrine Falcon

    Seabirds

    Penguins: Little Penguin | Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Albatrosses: Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Black-browed Albatross | Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Kelp Gull, Pacific Gull, Silver Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant, | Pelicans: Australian Pelican

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Black-headed Honeyeater, Strong-billed Honeyeater | Wrens: Superb Fairywren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Forty-spotted Pardalote, Tasmanian Scrubwren, Tasmanian Thornbill, Brown Thornbill | Robins: Pink Robin, Flame Robin, Scarlet Robin, Dusky Robin | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Grey Strikethrush, Olive Whistler, Golden Whistler | Sparrows & GrassfinchesBeautiful Firetail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Black Currawong, Grey Currawong | Ravens & Crows: Forest Raven | Pipits: Australian Pipit | White-eyes: Silvereye

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Maned Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Hardhead, Musk Duck | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Hooded Plover,  Banded Lapwing, Masked Lapwing | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Royal Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Eurasian Coot, Australasian Swamphen | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe

    How to find these species

    Guides - Elise

    “The winter provides fanstastic access to many of our endemic birds in the woodlands and Eucalypt forests, including Forty-spotted Pardalotes, Green Rosellas, Tasmanian Thornbills, Dusky Robins, Yellow Wattlebirds along with Strong-billed, Yellow-throated and Black-headed Honeyeaters. Native Tasmanian Hens also begin breeding in July with hens laying around five eggs and there racous displays are always a treat for guests.

    Other bushbirds that are popular with visitors at this time include Spotted Pardalotes, Crescent and New Holland Honeyeaters, Brush Bronzewings, Golden Whistlers and Eastern Spinebills and Flame Robins that generally move into lower and more open areas at this time."

    Elise Tardieu, Specialist Guide

    Suggested Tour: 9 Day Western Wilderness & Wildlife Encounter

    Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
    Type: Private, Shared Departures

    On the east coast, experience a mix of beautiful eucalypt forests, spectacular coastlines, and tranquil bays, including Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula, Bay of Fires and Cataract Gorge. On the west coast, visit incredible alpine regions, the contrasting east and west coastlines, Cradle Mountain National Park, quaint fishermen villages and old mining towns.

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    September,October,November, Tasmania

    Tasmania - Spring Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Rock Dove, Spotted Dove, Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing | Cuckoos & Coucals: Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo Frogmouths & Nightjars: Tawny Frogmouth

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Green Rosella, Swift Parrot, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Galah, Long-billed Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Blue-winged Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Musk Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Brown Goshawk, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Falcons: Brown Falcon, Peregrine Falcon

    Seabirds

    Penguins: Little Penguin | Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Albatrosses: Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Black-browed Albatross | Petrels & Shearwaters: Short-tailed Shearwater Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Kelp Gull, Pacific Gull, Silver Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant, | Pelicans: Australian Pelican

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Black-headed Honeyeater, Strong-billed Honeyeater | Wrens: Superb Fairywren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Forty-spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Tasmanian Scrubwren, Tasmanian Thornbill, Brown Thornbill, Yellow-rumped Thornbill | Robins: Pink Robin, Flame Robin, Scarlet Robin, Dusky Robin | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Grey Strikethrush, Olive Whistler, Golden Whistler | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Grey Fantail, Satin Flycatcher | Sparrows & GrassfinchesBeautiful Firetail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Dusky Woodswallow, Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Black Currawong, Grey Currawong | Ravens & Crows: Forest Raven | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers:   | Babblers:  | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Maned Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Hardhead, Musk Duck | Snipes & Relatives: Far Eastern Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Latham's Snipe, Common Greenshank, Red-necked Stint | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Pacific Golden Plover, Hooded Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Banded Lapwing, Masked Lapwing, Red-capped Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Royal Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Eurasian Coot, Australasian Swamphen | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe

    How to find these species

    Guides - Elise

    “Spring sees a number of migrant birds arrive after their flight from the mainland across Bass Strait. The calls of cuckoos are prevalent, with Fan-tailed, Pallid and Shining Bronze Cuckoos migrating to our isle, and laying their eggs in the nests of Superb Fairy-wrens, Satin Flycatchers and Yellow-rumped Thornbills.

    Welcome Swallows, Tree Martins, Dusky Woodswallows, Striated Pardalotes, Grey Fantails and Silvereyes are other welcome visitors, along with the vividly coloured Swift Parrot that breed at the same time as the flowering of the Tasmanian Blue Gums. Another one of the world's great wildlife migrations occurs between September and April, along Bass Strait and the southeast coast of Tasmania, as the region comes alive with 18 million Short-tailed Shearwaters."

    Elise Tardieu, Specialist Guide

    Suggested Tour: 9 Day Western Wilderness & Wildlife Encounter

    Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
    Type: Private, Shared Departures

    On the east coast, experience a mix of beautiful eucalypt forests, spectacular coastlines, and tranquil bays, including Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula, Bay of Fires and Cataract Gorge. On the west coast, visit incredible alpine regions, the contrasting east and west coastlines, Cradle Mountain National Park, quaint fishermen villages and old mining towns.

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  • Beautiful Firetail

    March,April,May, Tasmania

    Tasmania - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Rock Dove, Spotted Dove, Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing | Cuckoos & Coucals: Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo | Frogmouths & Nightjars: Tawny Frogmouth

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Green Rosella, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Galah, Long-billed Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Blue-winged Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Musk Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Brown Goshawk, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Falcons: Brown Falcon, Peregrine Falcon

    Seabirds

    Penguins: Little Penguin | Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Albatrosses: Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Black-browed Albatross | Petrels & Shearwaters: Short-tailed Shearwater Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Kelp Gull, Pacific Gull, Silver Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant, | Pelicans: Australian Pelican

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Black-headed Honeyeater, Strong-billed Honeyeater | Wrens: Superb Fairywren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Forty-spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Tasmanian Scrubwren, Tasmanian Thornbill, Brown Thornbill | Robins: Pink Robin, Flame Robin, Scarlet Robin, Dusky Robin | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Grey Strikethrush, Olive Whistler, Golden Whistler | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Grey Fantail | Sparrows & GrassfinchesBeautiful Firetail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Dusky Woodswallow, Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Black Currawong, Grey Currawong | Ravens & Crows: Forest Raven | Pipits: Australian Pipit | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Maned Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Hardhead, Musk Duck | Snipes & Relatives: Far Eastern Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Latham's Snipe, Common Greenshank, Red-necked Stint | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Pacific Golden Plover, Hooded Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Banded Lapwing, Masked Lapwing, Red-capped Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Royal Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Eurasian Coot, Australasian Swamphen | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe

    How to find these species

    Guides - Elise

    “By April, we see millions of Short-tailed Shearwaters leave the Tasmanian coast on their migration flight to the sub-Arctic region around Alaska, along with other migratory waders such as, Ruddy Turnstones, Red-necked Stints, Common Greenshanks and Eastern Curlews also departing at this time.

    Beautiful Firetails can be seen feeding on the ground on various seeds, being most prevalent in coastal areas. Although this species is also located on the mainland, it is most prolific in Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands. Another well known endemic is the Green Rosella, Australia's largest rosella. This beautifully coloured bird occurs throughout a wide range of forest types, from the mountains to the coast."

    Elise Tardieu, Specialist Guide

    Suggested Tour: 9 Day Western Wilderness & Wildlife Encounter

    Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
    Type: Private, Shared Departures

    On the east coast, experience a mix of beautiful eucalypt forests, spectacular coastlines, and tranquil bays, including Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula, Bay of Fires and Cataract Gorge. On the west coast, visit incredible alpine regions, the contrasting east and west coastlines, Cradle Mountain National Park, quaint fishermen villages and old mining towns.

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  • Little Penguin

    January,February,December, Tasmania

    Tasmania - Summer Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Rock Dove, Spotted Dove, Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing | Cuckoos & Coucals: Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo | Frogmouths & Nightjars: Tawny Frogmouth

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Green Rosella, Swift Parrot, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Galah, Long-billed Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Blue-winged Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Musk Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Brown Goshawk, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Falcons: Brown Falcon, Peregrine Falcon

    Seabirds

    Penguins: Little Penguin | Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Albatrosses: Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Black-browed Albatross | Petrels & Shearwaters: Short-tailed Shearwater Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Kelp Gull, Pacific Gull, Silver Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant, | Pelicans: Australian Pelican

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Black-headed Honeyeater, Strong-billed Honeyeater | Wrens: Superb Fairywren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Forty-spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Tasmanian Scrubwren, Tasmanian Thornbill, Brown Thornbill | Robins: Pink Robin, Flame Robin, Scarlet Robin, Dusky Robin | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Grey Strikethrush, Olive Whistler, Golden Whistler | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Grey Fantail | Sparrows & GrassfinchesBeautiful Firetail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Dusky Woodswallow, Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Black Currawong, Grey Currawong | Ravens & Crows: Forest Raven | Pipits: Australian Pipit | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Maned Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Hardhead, Musk Duck | Snipes & Relatives: Eastern Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Latham's Snipe, Common Greenshank, Red-necked Stint | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Pacific Golden Plover, Hooded Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Banded Lapwing, Masked Lapwing, Red-capped Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Royal Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Eurasian Coot, Australasian Swamphen | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe

    How to find these species

    Guides - Elise

    “Little Penguins breed along the coastline during the summer months and we get special access to these incredible seabirds at Bicheno. Along our east coast it's also a terrific time to spot nesting shorebirds, with Kelp Gulls, Pacific Gulls, Silver Gulls, Pied Oystercatchers, Hooded Dotterels, Crested Terns and Fairy Terns the most commonly sighted.

    A number of migratory waders arrive in Tasmania over the summer months after long journeys from the Arctic Circle including Short-tailed Shearwaters, Eastern Curlews, Curlew Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones, Red-necked Stints and Common Greenshanks. On our inland tours covering the rainforests and sub-alpine regions, Black Currawongs, Green Rosellas, Olive Whistlers and Pink Robins are target species we often spot with our guests."

    Elise Tardieu, Specialist Guide

    Suggested Tour: 9 Day Western Wilderness & Wildlife Encounter

    Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
    Type: Private, Shared Departures

    On the east coast, experience a mix of beautiful eucalypt forests, spectacular coastlines, and tranquil bays, including Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula, Bay of Fires and Cataract Gorge. On the west coast, visit incredible alpine regions, the contrasting east and west coastlines, Cradle Mountain National Park, quaint fishermen villages and old mining towns.

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  • Shining Bronze Cuckoo

    September,October,November, East Gippsland

    East Gippsland - Spring Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Azure Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater | Pigeons & Doves: White-headed Pigeon, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Wonga Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Topknot Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pallid Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Australian Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo | Frogmouths & Nightjars: Tawny Frogmouth | Swifts: White-throated Needletail, Fork-tailed Swift | 

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Galah, Little Corella, Long-billed Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Musk Lorikeet, Little Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella, Eastern Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot, Australian King-Parrot, Turquoise Parrot

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Osprey, Square-tailed Kite, Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Whistling Kite, Swamp Harrier, Spotted Harrier NT, Grey Goshawk, Brown Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Australian Hobby, Brown Falcon, Peregrine Falcon | Owls: Sooty Owl, Barn Owl, Masked Owl, Barking Owl, Southern Boobook, Powerful Owl

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Gulls & Terns: Silver Gull, Pacific Gull, Little Tern, Fairy Tern, Caspian Tern NT, Whiskered Tern, Common Tem, Crested Tern | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant, Great Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Darters: Australasian Darter | Shearwater: Short-tailed Shearwater, Hutton's Shearwater, Fluttering Shearwater | Albatross: Shy Albatross

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Scarlet Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Lewin's Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Bell Miner, Noisy Miner, Red Wattlebird, Little Wattlebird, Eastern Spinebill | Chats: White-fronted Chat | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Southern Emu-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, White-browed Scrubwren, Large-billed Scrubwren, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Brown Thornbill, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Yellow Thornbill, Striated Thornbill, Weebill, White-throated Gerygone, Brown Gerygone, Pilotbird | Robins: Scarlet Robin, Jacky Winter, Rose Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin | Whipbirds & Quail-Thrushes: Spotted Quail-Thrush | Sittellas: Varied Sittella | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Olive Whistler, Grey Strikethrush, White-winged Triller, Crested Shrike-tit | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie Wagtail, Grey Fantail, Rufous Fantail, Black-faced Monarch, Leaden Flycatcher Satin Flycatcher, Restless Flycatcher | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola, Australian Reed-Warbler, Little Grassbird, Rufous Songlark | Sparrows & GrassfinchesRed-browed Finch, Beautiful Firetail, Diamond Firetail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Cicadabird | Orioles & Figbirds: Green Oriole, Australiasian Figbird | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Grey Currawong, Magpie-lark, Masked Woodswallow, White-browed Woodswallow, Dusky Woodswallow | Bowerbirds: Satin Bowerbird | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven, Forest Raven | Mudnesters: White-winged Chough | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Lyrebirds: Superb Lyrebird | Treecreepers: White-throated Treecreeper, Red-browed Treecreeper | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird |White-eyes: Silvereye | Thrushes: Bassian Thrush | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin, Fairy Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Grey Teal Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Hardhead, Blue-billed Duck, Musk Duck, Freckled Duck | Snipes & Relatives: Terek Sandpiper, Eastern Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Sanderling, Red Knot, Grey-tailed Tattler, Lathams Snipe | Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Double-banded Plover, Red-capped Plover, Hooded Plover, Grey Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-kneed Dotterel | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-necked Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, White-faced Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Eastern Reef Egret, Striated Heron, Nankeen Night-Heron, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Baillon's Crake, Buff-banded Rail, Lewin's Rail | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe, Great Crested Grebe

    How to find these species

    Roger Smith"September and October in the forests of East Gippsland are alive with cuckoo calls, including the piercing, repetitive whistle of the Shining Bronze Cuckoo, the rising trill of the Fan-tailed Cuckoo and the high-pitched ‘chew’ of the Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo. The springtime brings out beautiful wildflowers and flowering eucalypts, with Red and Little Wattlebirds, Eastern Spinebills, New Holland, Yellow-faced, Tawny-crowned, Blue-faced and Crescent Honeyeaters particularly active. It is also a peak time to see Eastern Yellow Robins, Scarlet Robins, Jacky Winters and the radiant pink breast of the slender Rose Robin."

    Roger Smith, Tour Guide

    Suggested tour: East Gippsland Wildlife Journey

    Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
    Type: Shared, Private

    Venturing across East Gippsland's magnificent lush rainforests, coastal heathlands, giant eucalypt groves, white sandy beaches and pristine rivers and estuaries, this four day immersive adventure offers you encounters with an incredible array of species.

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    Tours in East Gippsland related to Birds

  • King Parrot

    January,February,December, East Gippsland

    East Gippsland - Summer Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Azure Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater | Pigeons & Doves: White-headed Pigeon, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Wonga Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Topknot Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pallid Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Australian Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo | Frogmouths & Nightjars: Tawny Frogmouth | Swifts: White-throated Needletail, Fork-tailed Swift | 

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Galah, Little Corella, Long-billed Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Musk Lorikeet, Little Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella, Eastern Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot, Australian King-Parrot, Turquoise Parrot

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Osprey, Square-tailed Kite, Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Whistling Kite, Swamp Harrier, Spotted Harrier NT, Grey Goshawk, Brown Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Australian Hobby, Brown Falcon, Peregrine Falcon | Owls: Sooty Owl, Barn Owl, Masked Owl, Barking Owl, Southern Boobook, Powerful Owl

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Gulls & Terns: Silver Gull, Pacific Gull, Little Tern, Fairy Tern, Caspian Tern NT, Whiskered Tern, Common Tem, Crested Tern | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant, Great Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Darters: Australasian Darter | Shearwater: Short-tailed Shearwater, Hutton's Shearwater, Fluttering Shearwater | Albatross: Shy Albatross

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Scarlet Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Lewin's Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Bell Miner, Noisy Miner, Red Wattlebird, Little Wattlebird, Eastern Spinebill | Chats: White-fronted Chat | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Southern Emu-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, White-browed Scrubwren, Large-billed Scrubwren, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Brown Thornbill, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Yellow Thornbill, Striated Thornbill, Weebill, White-throated Gerygone, Brown Gerygone, Pilotbird | Robins: Scarlet Robin, Jacky Winter, Rose Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin | Whipbirds & Quail-Thrushes: Spotted Quail-Thrush | Sittellas: Varied Sittella | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Olive Whistler, Grey Strikethrush, White-winged Triller, Crested Shrike-tit | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie Wagtail, Grey Fantail, Rufous Fantail, Black-faced Monarch, Leaden Flycatcher Satin Flycatcher, Restless Flycatcher | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola, Australian Reed-Warbler, Little Grassbird, Rufous Songlark | Sparrows & GrassfinchesRed-browed Finch, Beautiful Firetail, Diamond Firetail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Cicadabird | Orioles & Figbirds: Green Oriole, Australiasian Figbird | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Grey Currawong, Magpie-lark, Masked Woodswallow, White-browed Woodswallow, Dusky Woodswallow | Bowerbirds: Satin Bowerbird | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven, Forest Raven | Mudnesters: White-winged Chough | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Lyrebirds: Superb Lyrebird | Treecreepers: White-throated Treecreeper, Red-browed Treecreeper | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird |White-eyes: Silvereye | Thrushes: Bassian Thrush | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin, Fairy Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Grey Teal Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Hardhead, Blue-billed Duck, Musk Duck, Freckled Duck | Snipes & Relatives: Terek Sandpiper, Eastern Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Sanderling, Red Knot, Grey-tailed Tattler, Lathams Snipe | Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Double-banded Plover, Red-capped Plover, Hooded Plover, Grey Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-kneed Dotterel | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-necked Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, White-faced Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Eastern Reef Egret, Striated Heron, Nankeen Night-Heron, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Baillon's Crake, Buff-banded Rail, Lewin's Rail | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe, Great Crested Grebe

    How to find these species

    Roger Smith"One of the most famous residents in the region is the Satin Bowerbird, which nests until February, renowned for its practice of building and decorating a bower to attract females, with bright blue coloured objects. Brilliantly coloured male Scarlet Honeyeaters migrate southward to East Gippsland in late spring and are scattered over the region following the nectar of Eucalypts and other large forest trees. Black-faced Monarchs are another migrant at this time, typically seen foraging for insects among foliage, or catching flying insects on the wing. Flowering forest trees are irresistible to a variety of species including  Red and Little Wattlebirds, Eastern Spinebills, New Holland, Yellow-faced, Tawny-crowned, Blue-faced and Crescent Honeyeaters."

    Roger Smith, Tour Guide

    Suggested tour: East Gippsland Wildlife Journey

    Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
    Type: Shared, Private

    Venturing across East Gippsland's magnificent lush rainforests, coastal heathlands, giant eucalypt groves, white sandy beaches and pristine rivers and estuaries, this four day immersive adventure offers you encounters with an incredible array of species.

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    Tours in East Gippsland related to Birds

  • Powerful Owl

    March,April,May, East Gippsland

    East Gippsland - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Azure Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater | Pigeons & Doves: White-headed Pigeon, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Wonga Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Topknot Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pallid Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Australian Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo | Frogmouths & Nightjars: Tawny Frogmouth | Swifts: White-throated Needletail, Fork-tailed Swift | 

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Galah, Little Corella, Long-billed Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Musk Lorikeet, Little Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella, Eastern Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot, Australian King-Parrot, Turquoise Parrot

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Osprey, Square-tailed Kite, Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Whistling Kite, Swamp Harrier, Spotted Harrier NT, Grey Goshawk, Brown Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Australian Hobby, Brown Falcon, Peregrine Falcon | Owls: Sooty Owl, Barn Owl, Masked Owl, Barking Owl, Southern Boobook, Powerful Owl

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Gulls & Terns: Silver Gull, Pacific Gull, Little Tern, Fairy Tern, Caspian Tern NT, Whiskered Tern, Common Tem, Crested Tern | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant, Great Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Darters: Australasian Darter | Shearwater: Short-tailed Shearwater, Hutton's Shearwater, Fluttering Shearwater | Albatross: Shy Albatross

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Scarlet Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Lewin's Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Bell Miner, Noisy Miner, Red Wattlebird, Little Wattlebird, Eastern Spinebill | Chats: White-fronted Chat | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Southern Emu-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, White-browed Scrubwren, Large-billed Scrubwren, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Brown Thornbill, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Yellow Thornbill, Striated Thornbill, Weebill, White-throated Gerygone, Brown Gerygone, Pilotbird | Robins: Scarlet Robin, Jacky Winter, Rose Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin | Whipbirds & Quail-Thrushes: Spotted Quail-Thrush | Sittellas: Varied Sittella | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Olive Whistler, Grey Strikethrush, White-winged Triller, Crested Shrike-tit | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie Wagtail, Grey Fantail, Rufous Fantail, Black-faced Monarch, Leaden Flycatcher Satin Flycatcher, Restless Flycatcher | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola, Australian Reed-Warbler, Little Grassbird, Rufous Songlark | Sparrows & GrassfinchesRed-browed Finch, Beautiful Firetail, Diamond Firetail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Cicadabird | Orioles & Figbirds: Green Oriole, Australiasian Figbird | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Grey Currawong, Magpie-lark, Masked Woodswallow, White-browed Woodswallow, Dusky Woodswallow | Bowerbirds: Satin Bowerbird | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven, Forest Raven | Mudnesters: White-winged Chough | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Lyrebirds: Superb Lyrebird | Treecreepers: White-throated Treecreeper, Red-browed Treecreeper | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird |White-eyes: Silvereye | Thrushes: Bassian Thrush | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin, Fairy Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Grey Teal Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Hardhead, Blue-billed Duck, Musk Duck, Freckled Duck | Snipes & Relatives: Terek Sandpiper, Eastern Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Sanderling, Red Knot, Grey-tailed Tattler, Lathams Snipe | Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Double-banded Plover, Red-capped Plover, Hooded Plover, Grey Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-kneed Dotterel | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-necked Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, White-faced Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Eastern Reef Egret, Striated Heron, Nankeen Night-Heron, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Baillon's Crake, Buff-banded Rail, Lewin's Rail | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe, Great Crested Grebe

    How to find these species

    Roger Smith"One of the world’s most amazing songbirds, the Superb Lyrebird, is in full voice at this time through the rainforests. During Autumn, males can be heard singing loudly from specially-constructed dancing mounds used to attract females with complex songs featuring the largest number of mimicked sounds are successful breeders. Eastern Yellow Robins, Jacky Winters and Rose Robins are also a delight at this time along with the Beautiful Firetail. Dusk and early evening provides the opportunity to see Australia’s largest owl species, the Powerful Owl, which preys upon animals such as possums, gliders and rodents."

    Roger Smith, Tour Guide

    Suggested tour: East Gippsland Wildlife Journey

    Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
    Type: Shared, Private

    Venturing across East Gippsland's magnificent lush rainforests, coastal heathlands, giant eucalypt groves, white sandy beaches and pristine rivers and estuaries, this four day immersive adventure offers you encounters with an incredible array of species.

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  • Australasian Gannet

    June,July,August, Margaret River

    Augusta - Winter Sightings by Bird Group

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Osprey

    Seabirds

    Albatrosses: Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Shy Albatross, Wandering Albatross, Northern Albatross, Campbell Albatross | Petrels & Shearwaters: Little Shearwater, Cape Petrel, Great-winged Petrel, Soft-plumaged Petrel, Grey Petrel, Northern Giant Petrel, Southern Giant Petrel, Antarctic Prion | Gannets & Boobies: Australasia Gannet | Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pacific Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Skuas: Brown Skua

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Great Egret 

    How to find these species

    Daniel Mantle"The Deep Water Augusta trip aims to connect with a variety of colder water Southern Ocean seabirds that only visit the region during our winter months. We usually see a variety of albatrosses, including Yellow-nosed, Black-browed, and Shy, but there is always a chance for Campbell Albatross, Wandering Albatross, or even scarcer species like the Northern Royal Albatross. We also hope to see Cape, Great-winged, and Soft-plumaged Petrels, and possibly Little Shearwaters with the southwest of WA is the best place to see this species in mainland Australian waters."

    Daniel Mantle, Birding Specialist Guide

    Suggested Tour: Deep Water Augusta Birdwatching

    Duration: Full day
    Type: Shared - set departure dates.

    Following the very successful winter seabird trips ('pelagics') run from Augusta in 2021 and 2022, we have organised two further pelagics departing from Augusta this July. These will be run back-to-back on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21 July and will have 4 experienced seabird guides on board.

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  • Black Swan

    June,July,August, Kangaroo Island

    Kangaroo Island - Winter Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo | 

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Galah, Little Corella, Rock Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Black-shouldered Kite | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pacific Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Purple-gaped Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater Red Wattlebird, Eastern Spinebill | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Southern Emu-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Spotted Scrubwren, Brown Thornbill, Striated Thornbill | Robins: Scarlet Robin | Whipbirds: Western Whipbird | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Golden Whistler, Grey Strikethrush | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail, Restless Flycatcher | Sparrows & GrassfinchesRed-browed Finch, Beautiful Firetail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Currawong, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers:  Rufous Treecreeper | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Musk Duck, Australian Shoveler | Snipes & Relatives: Common Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone | Stone Curlews: Bush Stone-curlew | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Hooded Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-capped Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Nankeen Night Heron, White-faced Heron, Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Great Egret, Yellow-billed Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Eurasian Coot | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe

    How to find these species

    Blair Wickham - Guide - Exceptional Kangaroo Island

    "Welcome rains after a dry summer and autumn spurs birds into nesting. Black Swans pull together large nests and start incubating, with both parents sharing the load of raising the cygnets. In Flinders Chase National Park, Cape Barren Geese nest in native iris tussocks with parents keeping an eye out for predatory Australian Ravens and Wedge-tailed Eagles. It's always a delight seeing Scarlet Robins when we visit sheoak woodlands, waiting for insect activity and drop to the ground in a flash."

    Blair Wickham, Tour Guide 

    Suggested tour: Kangaroo Island Birding Tour (Wild About Birds)

    Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
    Type: Private only
    Departs: On request

    This three day Kangaroo Island birdwatching and wildlife tour is presented with an indicative itinerary. Opportunities vary throughout the year and each season is slightly different in terms of natural cycles. The experience delivered is customised according to the season and fine-tuned to meet the interests of guests once they arrive on the Island.

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  • Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

    March,April,May, Kangaroo Island

    Kangaroo Island - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo | 

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Galah, Little Corella, Rock Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Black-shouldered Kite | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pacific Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Purple-gaped Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater Red Wattlebird, Eastern Spinebill | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Southern Emu-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Spotted Scrubwren, Brown Thornbill, Striated Thornbill | Robins: Scarlet Robin | Whipbirds: Western Whipbird | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Golden Whistler, Grey Strikethrush | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail, Restless Flycatcher | Sparrows & GrassfinchesRed-browed Finch, Beautiful Firetail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Currawong, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers:  Rufous Treecreeper | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Musk Duck, Australian Shoveler | Snipes & Relatives: Common Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone | Stone Curlews: Bush Stone-curlew | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Hooded Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-capped Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Nankeen Night Heron, White-faced Heron, Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Great Egret, Yellow-billed Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Eurasian Coot | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe

    How to find these species

    Blair Wickham - Guide - Exceptional Kangaroo Island

    "As the days begin to cool in Autumn/Fall, the endemic and endangered Kangaroo Island Glossy Black-Cockatoos begin selecting their nesting hollows in large Sugar Gums in preparation for their annual breeding season from April to June. Larger Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos aggregate post breeding, with flocks of over 100 birds sometimes seen. Black Swamp in Flinders Chase National Park comes alive with activity as Cape Barron Geese also choose their nesting territories."

    Blair Wickham, Tour Guide 

    Suggested tour: Kangaroo Island Birding Tour (Wild About Birds)

    Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
    Type: Private only
    Departs: On request

    This three day Kangaroo Island birdwatching and wildlife tour is presented with an indicative itinerary. Opportunities vary throughout the year and each season is slightly different in terms of natural cycles. The experience delivered is customised according to the season and fine-tuned to meet the interests of guests once they arrive on the Island.

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  • White-eared Honeyeater

    September,October,November, Kangaroo Island

    Kangaroo Island - Spring Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo | 

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Galah, Little Corella, Rock Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Black-shouldered Kite | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pacific Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Purple-gaped Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater Red Wattlebird, Eastern Spinebill | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Southern Emu-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Spotted Scrubwren, Brown Thornbill, Striated Thornbill | Robins: Scarlet Robin | Whipbirds: Western Whipbird | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Golden Whistler, Grey Strikethrush | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail, Restless Flycatcher | Sparrows & GrassfinchesRed-browed Finch, Beautiful Firetail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Currawong, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers:  Rufous Treecreeper | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Musk Duck, Australian Shoveler | Snipes & Relatives: Common Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone | Stone Curlews: Bush Stone-curlew | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Hooded Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-capped Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Nankeen Night Heron, White-faced Heron, Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Great Egret, Yellow-billed Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Eurasian Coot | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe

    How to find these species

    Blair Wickham - Guide - Exceptional Kangaroo Island"Smaller bushbirds like Superb Fairy-wrens breed in the Spring, with blue males providing a stunning splash of colour. Through many parts of the island, flowering Eucalypts and Callistemons offer abundant nectar to a diversity of honeyeaters including New Holland, White-eared Honeyeaters and Eastern Spinebills. Nectar feeding parrots including Rainbow Lorikeets and tiny Purple-crowned Lorikeets, compete noisily with honeyeaters. We visit several saline and freshwater wetlands to see ducks that breed this this time of year, with my favourite being the beautiful chestnut breasted Australian Shelduck.

    Blair Wickham, Tour Guide 

    Suggested tour: Kangaroo Island Birding Tour (Wild About Birds)

    Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
    Type: Private only
    Departs: On request

    This three day Kangaroo Island birdwatching and wildlife tour is presented with an indicative itinerary. Opportunities vary throughout the year and each season is slightly different in terms of natural cycles. The experience delivered is customised according to the season and fine-tuned to meet the interests of guests once they arrive on the Island.

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  • January,February,December, Kangaroo Island

    Kangaroo Island - Summer Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra | Pigeons & Doves: Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo | 

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Galah, Little Corella, Rock Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Black-shouldered Kite | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Gulls & Terns: Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pacific Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican

    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Purple-gaped Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater Red Wattlebird, Eastern Spinebill | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Southern Emu-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Spotted Scrubwren, Brown Thornbill, Striated Thornbill | Robins: Scarlet Robin | Whipbirds: Western Whipbird | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Golden Whistler, Grey Strikethrush | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail, Restless Flycatcher | Sparrows & GrassfinchesRed-browed Finch, Beauitful Firetail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Currawong, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers:  Rufous Treecreeper | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Musk Duck, Australian Shoveler | Snipes & Relatives: Common Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone | Stone Curlews: Bush Stone-curlew | Oystercatchers: Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Hooded Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-capped Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Nankeen Night Heron, White-faced Heron, Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Great Egret, Yellow-billed Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Eurasian Coot | Grebes: Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe

    How to find these species

    Blair Wickham - Guide - Exceptional Kangaroo Island

    “As natural water catchments dry up in the summer months, the Kangaroo Island's birds tend to congregate around fresh inland lagoons, and coastal marine esturaries, where food and water is more accessible. As Kangaroo Island locals, we have some secret locations where we can rely on encounters with Black Swans, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, Common Greenshanks and Freckled Ducks, to name a few. Broad beaches like Seal Bay are populated by large flocks of Crested Terns with smart black caps, often accompanied by a couple of massive Caspian Terns, identified by their bright red bills, contrasting the yellow bills of the Crested Terns."

    Blair Wickham, Tour Guide

    Suggested tour: Kangaroo Island Birding Tour (Wild About Birds)

    Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
    Type: Private only
    Departs: On request

    This three day Kangaroo Island birdwatching and wildlife tour is presented with an indicative itinerary. Opportunities vary throughout the year and each season is slightly different in terms of natural cycles. The experience delivered is customised according to the season and fine-tuned to meet the interests of guests once they arrive on the Island.

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  • Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher

    January,February,December, Cairns

    Cairns & Far North Queensland - Summer Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Southern Cassowary | Mound-builders: Orange-footed Scrubfowl | Kingfishers: Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Torresian Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater | Pigeons & Doves: Rock Dove, Spotted Dove, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Wompoo Fruit-dove, Superb Fruit-dove, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pheasant Coucal, Little Bronze-Cuckoo | Frogmouths: Tawny Frogmouth, Papuan Frogmouth

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Galah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Pale-headed Rosella, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet

    Raptors Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Black-shouldered Kite, Pacific Baza, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Spotted Harrier, Grey Goshawk, Brown Goshawk, Black Kite, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon, Australian Hobby | Owls: Lesser Sooty Owl
    Seabirds Gannets & Boobies: Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Sooty Tern, Little Tern, Australian Tern, Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Darters: Australasian Darter
    Songbirds Birds of Paradise: Victoria's Riflebird | Honeyeaters: Yellow-spotted Honeyeater, Lewin's Honeyeater, Cryptic Honeyeater, Yellow Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Bridled Honeyeater, Varied Honeyeater, Brown-backed Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Macleay's Honeyeater | Wrens: Lovely Fairywren, Red-backed Fairywren | Pardalotes & Scrubwrens: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Yellow-throated Scrubwren, White-browed Scrubwren, Atherton Scrubwren, Large-billed Scrubwren, Brown Gerygone, Fairy Gerygone, Large-billed Gerygone | Robins: Eastern Yellow Robin, Pale-yellow Robin | WhipbirdsEastern Whipbird | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Bower's Strikethrush, Rufous Strikethrush, Grey Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Varied Triller | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Leaden Flycatcher, Shining Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Black-faced Monach, Spectacled Monarch, Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail, Australian Rufous Fantail, Spangled Drongo | Cuckoo-shrikes: White-bellied Cuckooshrike | Orioles & Figbirds: Australiasian Figbird | Sparrows & GrassfinchesCrimson Finch, Red-browed Firetail, Double-barred Finch | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola | SunbirdsSahul Sunbird | Pittas: Noisy Pitta | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Magpie-lark, White-breated Woodswallow, Black Butcherbird | Bowerbirds: Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Golden Bowerbird, Spotted Catbird | Pipits: Australasian Pipit | Starlings: Metallic Starling | Treecreepers: White-throated Treecreeper | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird, Helmeted Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird
    Waterbirds & Waders Snipes & Relatives: Far Eastern Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey-tailed Tattler, Common Greenshank, Ruddy Turnstone, Great Knot, Red Knot, Latham's Snipe, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Nordmann's Greenshank, Red-necked Stint | Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew, Bush Stone-curlew | Plovers & Dotterels: Black-fronted Dotterel, Pacific Golden Plover, Siberian Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Red-capped Plover | Jacanas: Comb-crested Jacana | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Black-necked Stork, Nankeen Night Heron, Pacific Reef-Heron, Little Egret, Pied Heron, Striated Heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Plumed Egret, Great-billed Heron, Australian Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Brolga, Buff-banded Rail, Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen, Red-necked Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe

    How to find these species

    James Guide 01

    “Far North Queensland experiences abundant rainfall, especially in summer, making it a haven for birdlife. At the onset of summer, the Mareeba wetlands witness the arrival of brolgas, numbering anywhere from 150 to 200. Agriculture on the tablelands provides ample viewing opportunities. The awe-inspiring Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfishers arrive from New Guinea during their nesting season, seeking arboreal termite mounds for egg-laying. The landscape comes alive with flowering, attracting insect-eating birds like the Eastern Yellow Robin, Pale-yellow Robin, Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, and the stunning Spectacled Monarch."

    James Boettcher, Tour Guide

    Suggested tour: Tropical Wetlands Birdwatching

    Duration: Full day
    Type: Groups, private charter, shared
    Departs: On request

    FNQ Nature Tours has exclusive access to the Shared Earth Reserve, encompassing 5000 acres of lagoons, trails, bird hides and dirt roads containing an abundance of bird watching opportunities. With more than 450 Avian Species recorded across this area and surrounds (more than half of Australia's total bird count), including 12 Endemics, it's Australia's twitching mecca!

    Full Itinerary

    As many as 200 Brolgas are often observed feeding in the wetlands and agricultural regions. The colourful Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher returns from New Guinea to begin nesting, where they lay eggs in arboreal termite mounds. As many plants and trees begin to flower, insect activity increases which attracts the insect-eating birds such as  Shrike-thrushesShining FlycatchersGrey-headed Robins and Spectacled MonarchsChestnut-breasted MannikinsCrimson Finches and Red-backed Fairywrens can also be observed feeding on grass seeds.

  • Victoria's Riflebird

    September,October,November, Cairns

    Cairns & Far North Queensland - Common Spring Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Southern Cassowary | Mound-builders: Orange-footed Scrubfowl | Kingfishers: Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Torresian Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater | Rollers: Dollarbird | Pigeons & Doves: Rock Dove, Spotted Dove, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Superb Fruit Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, Torresian Imperial-Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pheasant Coucal, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Pacific Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo | Frogmouths: Tawny Frogmouth, Papuan Frogmouth

    Parrots Parrots & Cockatoos: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Galah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Pale-headed Rosella, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet
    Raptors Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Black-shouldered Kite, Pacific Baza, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Spotted Harrier, Grey Goshawk, Brown Goshawk, Black Kite, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon, Australian Hobby | Owls: Lesser Sooty Owl
    Seabirds Gannets & Boobies: Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Sooty Tern, Little Tern, Australian Tern, Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Darters: Australasian Darter,
    Songbirds

    Birds of Paradise: Victoria's Riflebird | Honeyeaters: Yellow-spotted Honeyeater, Lewin's Honeyeater, Cryptic Honeyeater, Yellow Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Bridled Honeyeater, Varied Honeyeater, Brown-backed Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Macleay's Honeyeater | Wrens: Lovely Fairywren, Red-backed Fairywren | Pardalotes & Scrubwrens: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Yellow-throated Scrubwren, White-browed Scrubwren, Atherton Scrubwren, Large-billed Scrubwren, Brown Gerygone, Fairy Gerygone, Large-billed Gerygone | Robins: Eastern Yellow Robin, Pale-yellow Robin | WhipbirdsEastern Whipbird | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Bower's Strikethrush, Rufous Strikethrush, Grey Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Varied Triller | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Leaden Flycatcher, Shining Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Black-faced Monach, Spectacled Monarch, Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail, Australian Rufous Fantail, Spangled Drongo | Cuckoo-shrikes: White-bellied Cuckooshrike | Orioles & Figbirds: Australiasian Figbird, Yellow Oriole | Sparrows & GrassfinchesCrimson Finch, Red-browed Firetail, Double-barred Finch | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola | SunbirdsSahul Sunbird | Pittas: Noisy Pitta | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Magpie-lark, White-breated Woodswallow, Black Butcherbird | Bowerbirds: Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Golden Bowerbird, Spotted Catbird | Pipits: Australasian Pipit | Starlings: Metallic Starling | Treecreepers: White-throated Treecreeper | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird, Helmeted Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Snipes & Relatives: Far Eastern Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey-tailed Tattler, Common Greenshank, Ruddy Turnstone, Great Knot, Red Knot, Latham's Snipe, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Nordmann's Greenshank, Red-necked Stint | Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew, Bush Stone-curlew | Plovers & Dotterels: Black-fronted Dotterel, Pacific Golden Plover, Siberian Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Red-capped Plover | Jacanas: Comb-crested Jacana | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Black-necked Stork, Nankeen Night Heron, Pacific Reef-Heron, Little Egret, Pied Heron, Striated Heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Plumed Egret, Great-billed Heron, Australian Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Buff-banded Rail, Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen, Red-necked Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe

    How to find these species

    James Guide 01

    “Spring heralds a time of exuberance in nature. It's a cacophony of calls, courtship, and vibrant activity in the rainforest. The dawn chorus reaches its peak in spring, creating a symphony of sounds that is a joy to experience. Venturing on our private Tablelands tour onto the Atherton Tablelands, we are treated to the captivating Noisy Pitta, producing delightful sounds amidst the colorful understory of the rainforest. It's an opportune moment for cassowaries, with the Southern Cassowary, unique to the Wet Tropics, possibly showcasing its young. In the savannah's understory, the Crimson Finch and Red-backed Fairywren add splashes of color to the landscape."

    James Boettcher, Tour Guide

    Suggested tour: Tropical Wetlands Birdwatching

    Duration: Full day
    Type: Groups, private charter, shared
    Departs: On request

    FNQ Nature Tours has exclusive access to the Shared Earth Reserve, encompassing 5000 acres of lagoons, trails, bird hides and dirt roads containing an abundance of bird watching opportunities. With more than 450 Avian Species recorded across this area and surrounds (more than half of Australia's total bird count), including 12 Endemics, it's Australia's twitching mecca!

    Full Itinerary

    This is the loudest time of year, with breeding season in full swing for most species. The dawn chorus is deafening, with the wonderful sounds of the Noisy Pitta and the Yellow Oriole, while courtship displays from the Victoria’s Riflebird can be observed. The colourful Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher returns from New Guinea to breed, while the Channel-billed CuckooBrush Cuckoo and the Common Koel announce the arrival of spring with their own choruses. The understory of the rainforest is popping with colour, as the endangered Southern Cassowaries are out with their young chicks. The growth of grass seed provides food for the smaller species such as the Crimson FinchRed-browed Finch and Red-backed Fairywren.

  • Sacred Kingfisher

    March,April,May, Cairns

    Cairns & Far North Queensland - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Southern Cassowary | Mound-builders: Orange-footed Scrubfowl | Kingfishers: Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Torresian Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater | Pigeons & Doves: Rock Dove, Spotted Dove, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Wompoo Fruit-dove, Superb Fruit-dove, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pheasant Coucal, Little Bronze-Cuckoo | Frogmouths: Tawny Frogmouth, Papuan Frogmouth

    Parrots Parrots & Cockatoos: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Galah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Pale-headed Rosella, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet
    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Black-shouldered Kite, Pacific Baza, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Swamp Harrier not wet, Spotted Harrier, Grey Goshawk, Brown Goshawk, Black Kite, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon, Australian Hobby | Owls: Lesser Sooty Owl

    Seabirds

    Gannets & Boobies: Brown Booby | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Gulls & Terns: Sooty Tern, Little Tern, Australian Tern, Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern | Darters: Australasian Darter

    Songbirds

    Birds of Paradise: Victoria's Riflebird Honeyeaters: Yellow-spotted Honeyeater, Lewin's Honeyeater, Cryptic Honeyeater, Yellow Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Bridled Honeyeater, Varied Honeyeater, Brown-backed Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Macleay's Honeyeater | Wrens: Lovely Fairywren, Red-backed Fairywren | Pardalotes & Scrubwrens: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Yellow-throated Scrubwren, White-browed Scrubwren, Atherton Scrubwren, Large-billed Scrubwren, Brown Gerygone, Fairy Gerygone, Large-billed Gerygone | RobinsEastern Yellow Robin, Pale-yellow Robin, Lemon-bellied Flyrobin | Whipbirds: Eastern Whipbird | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Grey Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Bower's Strikethrush | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Leaden Flycatcher, Shining Flycatcher, Red-browed Firetail, Grey Fantail, Australian Rufous Fantail, Willie-wagtail, Spectacled Monarch, Spangled Drongo | Cuckoo-shrikes: White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Varied Triller, Rufous Strikethrush | Orioles & Figbirds: Australiasian Figbird | Sparrows & GrassfinchesDouble-barred Finch, Crimson Finch | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola| Sunbirds: Sahul Sunbird | Pittas: Noisy Pitta | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Magpie-lark, White-breated Woodswallow, Black Butcherbird | Bowerbirds: Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Golden Bowerbird, Spotted Catbird | Pipits: Australasian Pipit | Starlings: Metallic Starling | Treecreepers: White-throated Treecreeper | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird, Helmeted Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Snipes & Relatives: Bar-tailed Godwit, Far Eastern Curlew, Common Greenshank, Great Knot, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone, Red-necked Stint | Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew, Bush Stone-curlew | Jacanas: Comb-crested Jacana | Plovers & Dotterels: Black-fronted Dotterel, Pacific Golden Plover, Siberian Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Red-capped Plover | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Nankeen Night Heron, Pacific Reef-Heron, Little Egret, Eastern Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Plumed Egret, Pied Heron, Striated Heron, Great-billed Heron, Australian Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Black-necked Stork | Cranes & Relatives: Sarus Crane, Buff-banded Rail, Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen, Red-necked Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe

    How to find these species

    James Guide 01

    “It's an exceptionally delightful time to be here. The wet season has just concluded, resulting in an abundance of greenery and stunning, explosive scenery that is ideal for bird life. Embarking on our Daintree tour, cruising along the river on our private solar electric boat, we may encounter the enchanting Wompoo Fruit Dove or the elegant Rose-crowned Fruit Dove. Along the Daintree River, we witness the Azure Kingfisher and Sacred Kingfisher, recently arrived from the southern regions, engaging in crab fishing. The Eastern Yellow Robin, Pale-yellow Robin, Olive-backed Sunbird, and the vibrant Leaden and Lemon-bellied Flycatchers are all remarkably active during this season."

    James Boettcher, Tour Guide

    Suggested tour: Tropical Wetlands Birdwatching

    Duration: Full day
    Type: Groups, private charter, shared
    Departs: On request

    FNQ Nature Tours has exclusive access to the Shared Earth Reserve, encompassing 5000 acres of lagoons, trails, bird hides and dirt roads containing an abundance of bird watching opportunities. With more than 450 Avian Species recorded across this area and surrounds (more than half of Australia's total bird count), including 12 Endemics, it's Australia's twitching mecca!

    Full Itinerary

    The Sacred Kingfisher migrates from the southern states of Australia, which can be seen along the Daintree River feeding on fish and crabs. The beautiful, vibrant colours of the rainforest are evident at this time of year following the wet season, with Eastern Yellow RobinsWompoo Fruit Doves and Rose-crowned Fruit Doves are common encounters. Other birds found at this time include insect-eaters such as the Leaden FlycatcherShining Flycatcher and Lemon-bellied Flyrobins. The Daintree also provides critical habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary, which can be found throughout the year.

  • Satin Bowerbird

    June,July,August, Cairns

    Cairns & Far North Queensland - Common Winter Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Southern Cassowary | Mound Builders: Orange-footed Scrubfowl | Kingfishers: Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Torresian Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater | Rollers: Dollarbird | Pigeons & Doves: Torresian Imperial-Pigeon, Rock Dove, Spotted Dove, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Superb Fruit Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove | Cuckoos & Coucals: Pacific Koel, Pheasant Coucal, Little Bronze-Cuckoo | Frogmouths: Tawny Frogmouth, Papuan Frogmouth

    Parrots Parrots & Cockatoos: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Galah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Pale-headed Rosella, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet
    Raptors Hawks & Eagles: Osprey, Black-shouldered Kite, Pacific Baza, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Spotted Harrier, Grey Goshawk, Brown Goshawk, Black Kite, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon, Australian Hobby | Owls: Lesser Sooty Owl
    Seabirds Gannets & Boobies: Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Sooty Tern, Little Tern, Australian Tern, Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Darters: Australasian Darter
    Songbirds

    Birds of Paradise: Victoria's Riflebird | Honeyeaters: Yellow-spotted Honeyeater, Lewin's Honeyeater, Cryptic Honeyeater, Yellow Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Bridled Honeyeater, Varied Honeyeater, Brown-backed Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, White-throated Honeyeater, Macleay's Honeyeater | Wrens: Lovely Fairywren, Red-backed Fairywren | Pardalotes & Scrubwrens: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Red-browed Pardalote, Yellow-throated Scrubwren, White-browed Scrubwren, Atherton Scrubwren, Large-billed Scrubwren, Brown Gerygone, Fairy Gerygone, Large-billed Gerygone | Robins: Eastern Yellow Robin, Pale-yellow Robin | Whipbirds: Eastern Whipbird | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Bower's Strikethrush, Rufous Strikethrush, Grey Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Varied Triller | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Leaden Flycatcher, Shining Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Black-faced Monach, Spectacled Monarch, Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail, Australian Rufous Fantail, Spangled Drongo | Cuckoo-shrikes: White-bellied Cuckooshrike | Orioles & Figbirds: Australiasian Figbird | Sparrows & GrassfinchesCrimson Finch, Red-browed Firetail, Double-barred Finch | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola | SunbirdsSahul Sunbird | Pittas: Noisy Pitta | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Magpie-lark, White-breasted Woodswallow, Black Butcherbird | Bowerbirds: Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Golden Bowerbird, Spotted Catbird | Pipits: Australasian Pipit | Starlings: Metallic Starling | Treecreepers: White-throated Treecreeper | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird, Helmeted Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Snipes & Relatives: Common Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Nordmann's Greenshank | Stone Curlews: Beach Stone-curlew, Bush Stone-curlew | Plovers & Dotterels: Black-fronted Dotterel, Pacific Golden Plover, Siberian Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Red-capped Plover | Jacanas: Comb-crested Jacana | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Black-necked Stork, Nankeen Night Heron, Pacific Reef-Heron, Little Egret, Pied Heron, Striated Heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Plumed Egret, Great-billed Heron, Australian Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill | Cranes & Relatives: Buff-banded Rail, Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen, Red-necked Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe

    How to find these species

    James Guide 01

    “Winter emerges as the 'golden time of the year' for birdwatching. The cool morning and afternoon weather prompts birds to ascend higher into the trees, creating a perfect viewing opportunity. As the melaleucas and gums bloom, the early morning hours reveal a flurry of activity, with numerous honeyeaters, including the Eastern Yellow Robin, Pale-yellow Robin, Leaden Flycatcher, Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, and the Shining Flycatcher. Pardalotes are a common sight, with three species - the Striated, Spotted, and Red-browed Pardalote. Transitioning from savannah to rainforest, bowerbirds like the Tooth-billed and Golden Bowerbird showcase elaborate courtship displays."

    James Boettcher, Tour Guide

    Suggested tour: Tropical Wetlands Birdwatching

    Duration: Full day
    Type: Groups, private charter, shared
    Departs: On request

    FNQ Nature Tours has exclusive access to the Shared Earth Reserve, encompassing 5000 acres of lagoons, trails, bird hides and dirt roads containing an abundance of bird watching opportunities. With more than 450 Avian Species recorded across this area and surrounds (more than half of Australia's total bird count), including 12 Endemics, it's Australia's twitching mecca!

    Full Itinerary

    Due to the cooler winter temperatures, birds like the Grey Goshawk and Rufous Owl spend more time higher in the rainforest canopy in direct sunlight, which provides great photography opportunities. The flowering of Melaleucas and Eucalyptus brings a lot of activity, with numerous honeyeaters including Blue-faced HoneyeatersYellow-tinted Honeyeaters and Lewin's Honeyeaters. This flowering also brings out insects and hence insect-eaters like Eastern Yellow RobinsSatin Flycatchers and Lemon-bellied Flyrobins. Other species on display are Spotted PardalotesStriated Pardalotes and Red-browed Pardalotes. Courtship displays from Tooth-billed Bowerbirds are iconic encounters within the rainforest habitat.

  • Java Sparrow

    June,July,August, Christmas Island

    Christmas Island - Winter Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Common Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher | Rollers: Dollarbird | Pigeons & Doves: Red Collared Dove, Emerald Dove, Christmas Island Imperial Pigeon, Pied Imperial Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Oriental Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo, Asian Koel | Frogmouths & Nightjars: Savannah Nightjar | Swifts: Christmas Island Glossy Swiftlet, White-throated Needletai, House Swift, Fork-tailed Swift

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Christmas Island Goshawk, Oriental Honey-Buzzard | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon | Owls: Christmas Island Hawk-owl

    Seabirds

    Storm Petrels: Matsudaria's Storm-Petrel, White-faced Storm Petrel | Tropicbirds: Red-tailed Tropicbird, White-tailed Tropicbird (Golden Bosun) | Gannets & Boobies: Abbott's Booby, Red-footed Booby, Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Lesser Noddy White Tern, Sooty Tern, Asian Gull-billed Tern, Greater Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, Whiskered Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Brown Skua, Arctic Jaeger, Mew Gull, Common Noddy | Cormorants: Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Frigatebirds: Great Frigatebird, Lesser Frigatebird, Christmas Island Frigatebird | Petrels & Shearwater: Barau's Petrel, Bulwer's Petrel, Antarctic Prion, Wedge-tailed Shearwater | Skuas: Brown Skua

    Songbirds

    Pittas: Blue-Winged Pitta, Fairy Pitta | Monarchs & Flycatchers: White Wagtail, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Green-headed Wagtail,Grey Wagtail, Forest Wagtail, Blue & White Flycatcher | Warblers: Oriental Reed Warbler | Sparrows & GrassfinchesJava Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow | Cuckoo-shrikes: White bellied Cuckoo-shrike | White-eyes: Christmas Island White-eye | Thrushes: Christmas Island Thrush | Starlings: Purple-backed Starling | Swallows & Martins: Red-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Tree Martin, Asian House Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Garganey, Hardhead | Snipes & Relatives: Pin-tailed Snipe, Swinhoe's Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Little Curlew, Whimbrel, Common Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone, Red-necked Stint, Long-toed Stint, Great Knot, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Red-necked Phalarope, Grey Phalarope | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt Oystercatchers: Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Grey Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Oriental Plover, Masked Lapwing | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, Pied Heron, Little Egret, Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret, Striated Heron, Chinese Pond Heron, Javan Pond Heron, Nankeen Night Heron, Malayan Night Heron, Glossy Ibis, Cinnamon Bittern, Schrenck's Bittern, Black Bittern, Yellow Bittern | Cranes & Relatives: Eurasian Coot, Baillon's Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake, White-breasted waterhen, Black-tailed Native-hen, Eurasian Coot | Prantincoles: Oriental Pratincole, Australian Pratincole

    How to find these species

    Suggested tour: Christmas Island Birdwatching

    Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
    Type: Groups, Private Charter
    Departs: On request

    Christmas Island is one of Australia's best birdwatching destinations. An internationally renowned seabird rookery, the island attracts about 80,000 nesting seabirds every year. You will have the opportunity to see the world's rarest booby and frigatebird.

    full itinerary

  • Abbott's Booby

    March,April,May, Christmas Island

    Christmas Island - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Common Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher | Rollers: Dollarbird | Pigeons & Doves: Red Collared Dove, Emerald Dove, Christmas Island Imperial Pigeon, Pied Imperial Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Oriental Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo, Asian Koel | Frogmouths & Nightjars: Savannah Nightjar | Swifts: Christmas Island Glossy Swiftlet, White-throated Needletai, House Swift, Fork-tailed Swift

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Christmas Island Goshawk, Oriental Honey-Buzzard | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon | Owls: Christmas Island Hawk-owl

    Seabirds

    Storm Petrels: Matsudaria's Storm-Petrel, White-faced Storm Petrel | Tropicbirds: Red-tailed Tropicbird, White-tailed Tropicbird (Golden Bosun) | Gannets & Boobies: Abbott's Booby, Red-footed Booby, Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Lesser Noddy White Tern, Sooty Tern, Asian Gull-billed Tern, Greater Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, Whiskered Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Brown Skua, Arctic Jaeger, Mew Gull, Common Noddy | Cormorants: Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Frigatebirds: Great Frigatebird, Lesser Frigatebird, Christmas Island Frigatebird | Petrels & Shearwater: Barau's Petrel, Bulwer's Petrel, Antarctic Prion, Wedge-tailed Shearwater | Skuas: Brown Skua

    Songbirds

    Pittas: Blue-Winged Pitta, Fairy Pitta | Monarchs & Flycatchers: White Wagtail, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Green-headed Wagtail,Grey Wagtail, Forest Wagtail, Blue & White Flycatcher | Warblers: Oriental Reed Warbler | Sparrows & GrassfinchesJava Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow | Cuckoo-shrikes: White bellied Cuckoo-shrike | White-eyes: Christmas Island White-eye | Thrushes: Christmas Island Thrush | Starlings: Purple-backed Starling | Swallows & Martins: Red-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Tree Martin, Asian House Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Garganey, Hardhead | Snipes & Relatives: Pin-tailed Snipe, Swinhoe's Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Little Curlew, Whimbrel, Common Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone, Red-necked Stint, Long-toed Stint, Great Knot, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Red-necked Phalarope, Grey Phalarope | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt Oystercatchers: Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Grey Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Oriental Plover, Masked Lapwing | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, Pied Heron, Little Egret, Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret, Striated Heron, Chinese Pond Heron, Javan Pond Heron, Nankeen Night Heron, Malayan Night Heron, Glossy Ibis, Cinnamon Bittern, Schrenck's Bittern, Black Bittern, Yellow Bittern | Cranes & Relatives: Eurasian Coot, Baillon's Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake, White-breasted waterhen, Black-tailed Native-hen, Eurasian Coot | Prantincoles: Oriental Pratincole, Australian Pratincole

    How to find these species

    Suggested tour: Christmas Island Birdwatching

    Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
    Type: Groups, Private Charter
    Departs: On request

    Christmas Island is one of Australia's best birdwatching destinations. An internationally renowned seabird rookery, the island attracts about 80,000 nesting seabirds every year. You will have the opportunity to see the world's rarest booby and frigatebird.

    full itinerary

  • Christmas Island Goshawk

    January,February,December, Christmas Island

    Christmas Island - Summer Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Common Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher | Rollers: Dollarbird | Pigeons & Doves: Red Collared Dove, Emerald Dove, Christmas Island Imperial Pigeon, Pied Imperial Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Oriental Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo, Asian Koel | Frogmouths & Nightjars: Savannah Nightjar | Swifts: Christmas Island Glossy Swiftlet, White-throated Needletai, House Swift, Fork-tailed Swift

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Christmas Island Goshawk, Oriental Honey-Buzzard | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon | Owls: Christmas Island Hawk-owl

    Seabirds

    Storm Petrels: Matsudaria's Storm-Petrel, White-faced Storm Petrel | Tropicbirds: Red-tailed Tropicbird, White-tailed Tropicbird (Golden Bosun) | Gannets & Boobies: Abbott's Booby, Red-footed Booby, Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Lesser Noddy White Tern, Sooty Tern, Asian Gull-billed Tern, Greater Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, Whiskered Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Brown Skua, Arctic Jaeger, Mew Gull, Common Noddy | Cormorants: Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Frigatebirds: Great Frigatebird, Lesser Frigatebird, Christmas Island Frigatebird | Petrels & Shearwater: Barau's Petrel, Bulwer's Petrel, Antarctic Prion, Wedge-tailed Shearwater | Skuas: Brown Skua

    Songbirds

    Pittas: Blue-Winged Pitta, Fairy Pitta | Monarchs & Flycatchers: White Wagtail, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Green-headed Wagtail,Grey Wagtail, Forest Wagtail, Blue & White Flycatcher | Warblers: Oriental Reed Warbler | Sparrows & GrassfinchesJava Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow | Cuckoo-shrikes: White bellied Cuckoo-shrike | White-eyes: Christmas Island White-eye | Thrushes: Christmas Island Thrush | Starlings: Purple-backed Starling | Swallows & Martins: Red-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Tree Martin, Asian House Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Garganey, Hardhead | Snipes & Relatives: Pin-tailed Snipe, Swinhoe's Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Little Curlew, Whimbrel, Common Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone, Red-necked Stint, Long-toed Stint, Great Knot, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Red-necked Phalarope, Grey Phalarope | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt Oystercatchers: Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Grey Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Oriental Plover, Masked Lapwing | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, Pied Heron, Little Egret, Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret, Striated Heron, Chinese Pond Heron, Javan Pond Heron, Nankeen Night Heron, Malayan Night Heron, Glossy Ibis, Cinnamon Bittern, Schrenck's Bittern, Black Bittern, Yellow Bittern | Cranes & Relatives: Eurasian Coot, Baillon's Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake, White-breasted waterhen, Black-tailed Native-hen, Eurasian Coot | Prantincoles: Oriental Pratincole, Australian Pratincole

    How to find these species

    Suggested tour: Christmas Island Birdwatching

    Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
    Type: Groups, Private Charter
    Departs: On request

    Christmas Island is one of Australia's best birdwatching destinations. An internationally renowned seabird rookery, the island attracts about 80,000 nesting seabirds every year. You will have the opportunity to see the world's rarest booby and frigatebird.

    full itinerary

  • Red-footed Booby

    September,October,November, Christmas Island

    Christmas Island - Spring Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Common Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher | Rollers: Dollarbird | Pigeons & Doves: Red Collared Dove, Emerald Dove, Christmas Island Imperial Pigeon, Pied Imperial Pigeon | Cuckoos & Coucals: Oriental Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo, Asian Koel | Frogmouths & Nightjars: Savannah Nightjar | Swifts: Christmas Island Glossy Swiftlet, White-throated Needletai, House Swift, Fork-tailed Swift

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Christmas Island Goshawk, Oriental Honey-Buzzard | Falcons: Nankeen Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon | Owls: Christmas Island Hawk-owl

    Seabirds

    Storm Petrels: Matsudaria's Storm-Petrel, White-faced Storm Petrel | Tropicbirds: Red-tailed Tropicbird, White-tailed Tropicbird (Golden Bosun) | Gannets & Boobies: Abbott's Booby, Red-footed Booby, Brown Booby | Gulls & Terns: Lesser Noddy White Tern, Sooty Tern, Asian Gull-billed Tern, Greater Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, Whiskered Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Brown Skua, Arctic Jaeger, Mew Gull, Common Noddy | Cormorants: Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Frigatebirds: Great Frigatebird, Lesser Frigatebird, Christmas Island Frigatebird | Petrels & Shearwater: Barau's Petrel, Bulwer's Petrel, Antarctic Prion, Wedge-tailed Shearwater | Skuas: Brown Skua

    Songbirds

    Pittas: Blue-Winged Pitta, Fairy Pitta | Monarchs & Flycatchers: White Wagtail, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Green-headed Wagtail,Grey Wagtail, Forest Wagtail, Blue & White Flycatcher | Warblers: Oriental Reed Warbler | Sparrows & GrassfinchesJava Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow | Cuckoo-shrikes: White bellied Cuckoo-shrike | White-eyes: Christmas Island White-eye | Thrushes: Christmas Island Thrush | Starlings: Purple-backed Starling | Swallows & Martins: Red-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Tree Martin, Asian House Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Garganey, Hardhead | Snipes & Relatives: Pin-tailed Snipe, Swinhoe's Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Little Curlew, Whimbrel, Common Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone, Red-necked Stint, Long-toed Stint, Great Knot, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Red-necked Phalarope, Grey Phalarope | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt Oystercatchers: Sooty Oystercatcher | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Grey Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Oriental Plover, Masked Lapwing | Herons, Ibises & Storks: White-faced Heron, Pied Heron, Little Egret, Eastern Reef Egret, Eastern Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret, Striated Heron, Chinese Pond Heron, Javan Pond Heron, Nankeen Night Heron, Malayan Night Heron, Glossy Ibis, Cinnamon Bittern, Schrenck's Bittern, Black Bittern, Yellow Bittern | Cranes & Relatives: Eurasian Coot, Baillon's Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake, White-breasted waterhen, Black-tailed Native-hen, Eurasian Coot | Prantincoles: Oriental Pratincole, Australian Pratincole

    How to find these species

    Suggested tour: Christmas Island Birdwatching

    Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
    Type: Groups, Private Charter
    Departs: On request

    Christmas Island is one of Australia's best birdwatching destinations. An internationally renowned seabird rookery, the island attracts about 80,000 nesting seabirds every year. You will have the opportunity to see the world's rarest booby and frigatebird.

    full itinerary

  • Red-capped Robin

    September,October,November, Mungo National Park

    Mungo - Spring Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Red-backed Kingfisher | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater | Pigeons & Doves: Common Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Diamond Dove

    Parrots Parrots & Cockatoos: Australian Ringneck, Yellow Rosella, Eastern Bluebonnet, Red-rumped Parrot, Mulga Parrot, Regent Parrot, Galah, Little Corella, Long-billed Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet
    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Spotted Harrier, Brown Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk, Whistling Kite, Black Kite, Black-shouldered Kite | Falcons: Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon

    Seabirds Gulls & Terns: Gull-billed Tern, Silver Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Darters: Australasian Darter
    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Singing Honeyeater, Striped Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Miner, Yellow-throated Miner | Chats: Crimson Chat, White-fronted Chat, Orange Chat | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Splendid Fairy-wren, White-winged Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Inland Thornbill | Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Weebill, Southern Whiteface | Robins: Southern Scrub-robin, Scarlet Robin, Jacky Winter, Red-capped Robin, Hooded Robin | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Gilbert's Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Crested Bellbird | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike, White-winged Triller | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola, Australian Reed-Warbler, Little Grassbird, Brown Songlark, Rufous Songlark | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, White-browed Woodswallow, White-breasted Woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow, Black-faced Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven | Mudnesters: White-winged Chough, Apostlebird | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers: Brown Treecreeper | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird, Noisy Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird |Babblers: White-browed Babbler, Chestnut-crowned Babbler | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt, Red-necked Avocet | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Banded Lapwing, Red-kneed Dotterel, Black-fronted Dotterel | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Nankeen Night Heron |Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Black-tailed Native Hen, Eurasian Coot, Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe

    How to find these species

    Roger Smith"In the Spring, we visit various habitats across Mungo National Park. The pines and woodlands provide us access family groups of Chestnut-crowned babblers and Red-capped Robins whilst the open plains come alive with Emus, incredible flocks of Pink Cockatoos, various parrot species. It's also a delight to showcase the splendid, white-winged & purple-backed fairywrens who hide amongst the hardy saltbush, iconic of the aridlands in the region."

    Roger Smith, Tour Guide

    Suggested Tour: Private Mungo Outback Journey

    Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
    Type: Private 

    This private outback adventure explores the magnificent Lake Mungo in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. The region has been continuously occupied by Aboriginal People since that time, the longest known occupation of any land by any people on earth.

    Full Itinerary

    Tours in Mungo National Park related to Birds

  • Mulga Parrot

    June,July,August, Mungo National Park

    Mungo - Winter Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Red-backed Kingfisher | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater | Pigeons & Doves: Common Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Diamond Dove

    Parrots Parrots & Cockatoos: Australian Ringneck, Yellow Rosella, Eastern Bluebonnet, Red-rumped Parrot, Mulga Parrot, Regent Parrot, Galah, Little Corella, Long-billed Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet
    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Spotted Harrier, Brown Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk, Whistling Kite, Black Kite, Black-shouldered Kite | Falcons: Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon

    Seabirds Gulls & Terns: Gull-billed Tern, Silver Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Darters: Australasian Darter
    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Singing Honeyeater, Striped Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Miner, Yellow-throated Miner | Chats: Crimson Chat, White-fronted Chat, Orange Chat | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Splendid Fairy-wren, White-winged Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Inland Thornbill | Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Weebill, Southern Whiteface | Robins: Southern Scrub-robin, Scarlet Robin, Jacky Winter, Red-capped Robin, Hooded Robin | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Gilbert's Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Crested Bellbird | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike, White-winged Triller | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola, Australian Reed-Warbler, Little Grassbird, Brown Songlark, Rufous Songlark | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, White-browed Woodswallow, White-breasted Woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow, Black-faced Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven | Mudnesters: White-winged Chough, Apostlebird | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers: Brown Treecreeper | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird, Noisy Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird |Babblers: White-browed Babbler, Chestnut-crowned Babbler | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt, Red-necked Avocet | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Banded Lapwing, Red-kneed Dotterel, Black-fronted Dotterel | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Nankeen Night Heron |Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Black-tailed Native Hen, Eurasian Coot, Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe

    How to find these species

    Roger Smith"Mungo National Park spans 111,000 hectares and there are around 150 species. A highlight for guests is seeing our vividly coloured parrots against the spectacular arid landscapes, including Mulga, Red-rumped, Mallee Ringnecks and Blue-bonnets. But a favourite for most guests is the incredible Pink Cockatoos. We also keep a careful eye out for chats and arid land fairy wrens which also display incredible colours."

    Roger Smith, Tour Guide

    Suggested Tour: Private Mungo Outback Journey

    Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
    Type: Private 

    This private outback adventure explores the magnificent Lake Mungo in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. The region has been continuously occupied by Aboriginal People since that time, the longest known occupation of any land by any people on earth.

    Full Itinerary

    Tours in Mungo National Park related to Birds

  • Mallee Ringneck

    March,April,May, Mungo National Park

    Mungo - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Ratites: Emu | Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Red-backed Kingfisher | Bee-eaters: Rainbow Bee-eater | Pigeons & Doves: Common Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Diamond Dove

    Parrots Parrots & Cockatoos: Australian Ringneck, Yellow Rosella, Eastern Bluebonnet, Red-rumped Parrot, Mulga Parrot, Regent Parrot, Galah, Little Corella, Long-billed Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet
    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Spotted Harrier, Brown Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk, Whistling Kite, Black Kite, Black-shouldered Kite | Falcons: Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon

    Seabirds Gulls & Terns: Gull-billed Tern, Silver Gull | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Pied Cormorant | Pelicans: Australian Pelican | Darters: Australasian Darter
    Songbirds

    Honeyeaters: Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Singing Honeyeater, Striped Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Miner, Yellow-throated Miner | Chats: Crimson Chat, White-fronted Chat, Orange Chat | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren, Splendid Fairy-wren, White-winged Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens & Thornbills: Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Inland Thornbill | Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Weebill, Southern Whiteface | Robins: Southern Scrub-robin, Scarlet Robin, Jacky Winter, Red-capped Robin, Hooded Robin | Whistlers & Shrike-thrushs: Gilbert's Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Crested Bellbird | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Willie-wagtail, Grey Fantail | Cuckoo-shrikes: Black-faced Cuckooshrike, White-winged Triller | Warblers: Golden-headed Cisticola, Australian Reed-Warbler, Little Grassbird, Brown Songlark, Rufous Songlark | Woodswallows, Magpies & Butcherbirds: Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, White-browed Woodswallow, White-breasted Woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow, Black-faced Woodswallow | Ravens & Crows: Australian Raven, Little Raven | Mudnesters: White-winged Chough, Apostlebird | Pipits: Australian Pipit | Treecreepers: Brown Treecreeper | Friarbirds: Little Friarbird, Noisy Friarbird | Flowerpeckers: Mistletoebird |Babblers: White-browed Babbler, Chestnut-crowned Babbler | White-eyes: Silvereye | Swallows & Martins: Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin, Tree Martin

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal | Stilts & Avocets: Black-winged Stilt, Red-necked Avocet | Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Banded Lapwing, Red-kneed Dotterel, Black-fronted Dotterel | Herons, Ibises & Storks: Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Nankeen Night Heron |Cranes & Relatives: Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Black-tailed Native Hen, Eurasian Coot, Spotless Crake, Baillon's Crake | Grebes: Australasian Grebe

    How to find these species

    Roger Smith"Mungo National Park spans 111,000 hectares and there are around 150 species. A highlight for guests is seeing our vividly coloured parrots against the spectacular arid landscapes, including Mulga, Red-rumped, Mallee Ringnecks and Blue-bonnets. But a favourite for most guests is the incredible Pink Cockatoos. We also keep a careful eye out for chats and arid land fairy wrens which also display incredible colours."

    Roger Smith, Tour Guide

    Suggested Tour: Private Mungo Outback Journey

    Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
    Type: Private 

    This private outback adventure explores the magnificent Lake Mungo in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. The region has been continuously occupied by Aboriginal People since that time, the longest known occupation of any land by any people on earth.

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  • Green Rosella

    March,April,May, Maria Island

    Maria Island - Autumn Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra | Cuckoos & Coucals: Fan-tailed Cuckoo

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Swift Parrot, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Green Rosella, Musk Lorikeet

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle

    Seabirds

    Petrels & Sherwaters: Short-tailed Shearwater | Albatrosses: Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Buller's Albatross, Black-browed Albatross | Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Gulls & Terns: Crested Tern, Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Kelp Gull, Pacific Gull

    Songbirds

    Honeyaters: Strong-billed Honeyeater, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Black-headed Honeyeater, Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Yellow Wattlebird | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens and Thornbills: Tasmanian Scrubwren, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Forty-spotted Pardalote, Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote | Robins: Flame Robin, Scarlet Robin, Dusky Robin | Cuckoo-Shrikes: Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Satin Flycatcher | Woodswallows, Magpies & Currowongs: Australian Magpie, Black Currawong, Grey Currawong, Dusky Woodswallow | White-eyes: Silvereyes | Swallows and Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin | Ravens & Crows: Forest Raven

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Chestnut Teal | Plovers, Dotterels and Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Hooded Plover | Herons, Ibises and Storks: White-faced Heron, Eastern Reef Egret | Oystercatchers: Sooty Oystercatcher, Pied Oystercatcher | Cranes & Relatives: Tasmanian Native Hen

    How to find these species

    Ben Brown Guide

    “Residents of the island that can be sighted in the lead up to winter include Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, Cape Barren Geese, Tasmanian Native Hens, Green Rosellas, Grey Fantails, Flame Robins, Golden Whistlers, Eastern Spinebills and the Beautiful Firetail. Pacific, Kelp and Silver Gulls, Crested Terns, Little Pied and Great Cormorants and Australian Pelicans are common sights across our white sandy beaches, feeding on small surface fish, squid, crabs, insects and other aquatic prey. One of the largest eagles in the world with wingspan of 2.3m, the Tasmanian subspecies of the Wedge-tailed Eagle are often seen soaring in pairs around the island's peaks."

    Ben Brown, General Manager Operations

    Suggested Tour: The Maria Island Walk

    Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
    Type: Shared

    Available: October - late April 

    This four day guided walk across magnificent Maria Island, combines intimate wildlife encounters, fascinating history, pristine white sand beaches, and locally sourced gourmet food.

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  • Scarlet Robin (Female)

    January,February,December, Maria Island

    Maria Island - Summer Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra | Cuckoos & Coucals: Fan-tailed Cuckoo

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Swift Parrot, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Green Rosella, Musk Lorikeet

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle

    Seabirds

    Petrels & Sherwaters: Short-tailed Shearwater | Albatrosses: Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Buller's Albatross, Black-browed Albatross | Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Gulls & Terns: Crested Tern, Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Kelp Gull, Pacific Gull

    Songbirds

    Honeyaters: Strong-billed Honeyeater, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Black-headed Honeyeater, Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Yellow Wattlebird | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens and Thornbills: Tasmanian Scrubwren, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Forty-spotted Pardalote, Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote | Robins: Flame Robin, Scarlet Robin, Dusky Robin | Cuckoo-Shrikes: Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Satin Flycatcher | Woodswallows, Magpies & Currowongs: Australian Magpie, Black Currawong, Grey Currawong, Dusky Woodswallow | White-eyes: Silvereyes | Swallows and Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin | Ravens & Crows: Forest Raven

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Chestnut Teal | Plovers, Dotterels and Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Hooded Plover | Herons, Ibises and Storks: White-faced Heron, Eastern Reef Egret | Oystercatchers: Sooty Oystercatcher, Pied Oystercatcher | Cranes & Relatives: Tasmanian Native Hen

    How to find these species

    Ben Brown Guide

    “The endemic Forty-spotted Pardalote can be seen living in community groups around our wilderness camps, enjoying the flowering White Gums forests. We also keep an eye out for the Black-headed and Strong-billed Honeyeaters around the browntop stringybarks.

    A number of migrants from the mainland can be seen on the island including Swift Parrots, Fan-tailed Cuckoos, Satin Flycatchers, Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Tree Martins and Dusky Woodswallows."

    Ben Brown, General Manager Operations

    Suggested Tour: The Maria Island Walk

    Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
    Type: Shared 
    Available: October - late April 

    This four day guided walk across magnificent Maria Island, combines intimate wildlife encounters, fascinating history, pristine white sand beaches, and locally sourced gourmet food.

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  • White-bellied Sea Eagle

    September,October,November, Maria Island

    Maria Island - Spring Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra | Cuckoos & Coucals: Fan-tailed Cuckoo

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Swift Parrot, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Green Rosella, Musk Lorikeet

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle

    Seabirds

    Petrels & Sherwaters: Short-tailed Shearwater | Albatrosses: Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Buller's Albatross, Black-browed Albatross | Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Gulls & Terns: Crested Tern, Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Kelp Gull, Pacific Gull

    Songbirds

    Honeyaters: Strong-billed Honeyeater, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Black-headed Honeyeater, Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Yellow Wattlebird | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens and Thornbills: Tasmanian Scrubwren, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Forty-spotted Pardalote, Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote | Robins: Flame Robin, Scarlet Robin, Dusky Robin | Cuckoo-Shrikes: Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike | Monarchs & Flycatchers: Satin Flycatcher | Woodswallows, Magpies & Currowongs: Australian Magpie, Black Currawong, Grey Currawong, Dusky Woodswallow | White-eyes: Silvereyes | Swallows and Martins: Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin | Ravens & Crows: Forest Raven

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Chestnut Teal | Plovers, Dotterels and Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Hooded Plover | Herons, Ibises and Storks: White-faced Heron, Eastern Reef Egret | Oystercatchers: Sooty Oystercatcher, Pied Oystercatcher | Cranes & Relatives: Tasmanian Native Hen

    How to find these species

    Ben Brown Guide"The brightly coloured Swift Parrot arrives from the mainlaind in Spring to nest and feed on our beautiful flowering Tasmanian Blue gums. Welcome Swallows, Tree Martins and Dusky Woodswallows also arrive to breed, with Welcome Swallows building mud nests under the verandahs of the convict settlement buildings at Darlington. We also keep an eye out during the walk and boat rides, for White-bellied Sea Eagles and Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles which fledge at this time.

    Spring is also the time we see the incredible migration of Short-tailed Shearwaters,  with Bass Strait and the south east coast of Tasmania coming alive with 18 million individuals, commonly seen from the cliffs and beaches on the island."

    Ben Brown, General Manager Operations

    Suggested Tour: The Maria Island Walk

    Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
    Type: Shared

    Available: October - late April 

    This four day guided walk across magnificent Maria Island, combines intimate wildlife encounters, fascinating history, pristine white sand beaches, and locally sourced gourmet food.

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  • Tasmanian Native Hen

    June,July,August, Maria Island

    Maria Island - Winter Sightings by Bird Group

    Bushbirds

    Kingfishers: Laughing Kookaburra

    Parrots

    Parrots & Cockatoos: Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Green Rosella, Musk Lorikeet

    Raptors

    Hawks & Eagles: White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle

    Seabirds

     Albatrosses: Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Buller's Albatross, Black-browed Albatross | Gannets & Boobies: Australasian Gannet | Cormorants: Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Black-faced Cormorant | Gulls & Terns: Crested Tern, Caspian Tern, Great Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Kelp Gull, Pacific Gull

    Songbirds

    Honeyaters: Strong-billed Honeyeater, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Black-headed Honeyeater, Crescent Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Yellow Wattlebird | Wrens: Superb Fairy-wren | Pardalotes, Scrubwrens and Thornbills: Tasmanian Scrubwren, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Forty-spotted Pardalote | Robins: Flame Robin, Scarlet Robin, Dusky Robin | Cuckoo-Shrikes: Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike | Woodswallows, Magpies & Currowongs: Australian Magpie, Black Currawong, Grey Currawong | Ravens & Crows: Forest Raven

    Waterbirds & Waders

    Ducks, Geese & Swans: Cape Barren Goose, Chestnut Teal | Plovers, Dotterels and Lapwings: Masked Lapwing, Hooded Plover | Herons, Ibises and Storks: White-faced Heron, Eastern Reef Egret | Oystercatchers: Sooty Oystercatcher, Pied Oystercatcher | Cranes & Relatives: Tasmanian Native Hen

    How to find these species

    Ben Brown Guide"Winter is a fascinating time to see the behaviour of our Tasmanian Native Hens, as they begin territorial fights in preparation for mating, with females laying around five eggs. Cape Barren Geese are also pairing up and mating and building nests at this time, prevalent up the northern part of the island. Many of our endemic birds in the woodlands and Eucalypt forests can be seen including Forty-spotted Pardalotes, Green Rosellas, Tasmanian Thornbills, Dusky Robins, Yellow Wattlebirds along with Strong-billed Honeyeaters.

    Ben Brown, General Manager Operations

    Suggested Tour: Maria Island Winter Escape

    Duration: 3 Nights/2 nights
    Type: Shared

    Available: June - late August

    The 'Maria Island Winter Escape' is a three day lodge based experience which explores the beautiful and historic northern end of the island featuring abundant marsupials.

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