Western Australia: Southwest Australian Endemic Birds


Dates and Costs:

 

02 – 10 October 2024

Spaces Available: 7

Price: AU$6,037  / $4,200 / £3,297 / €3,871 per person sharing (6-8 participants)

Single Supplement: AU$1,128  / $784 / £616 / €723

 

* Please note that currency conversion is calculated in real-time, therefore is subject to slight change. Please refer back to the base price when making final payments.

 

27 September – 05 October 2025

Price: AU$6,640  / $4,620 / £3,627 / €4,258 per person sharing (6-8 participants)

Single Supplement: AU$1,240  / $863 / £677 / €795

 

27 September – 05 October 2026

Price: AU$7,305  / $5,082 / £3,990 / €4,685 per person sharing (6-8 participants)

Single Supplement: AU$1,364  / $949 / £746 / €875

 


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Tour Details

Duration: 9 days
Group Size: 6 – 8
Tour Start: Perth, Western Australia
Tour End: Perth, Western Australia


Price includes:

All accommodation (as described above from Day 1 through Day 8, note accommodation at Amelup might include shared bathrooms, we usually stay in small cottages that have a couple of private bedrooms and a communal dining room and bathroom)
Meals (from dinner on Day 1 until breakfast on Day 9)
Expert tour leader
National park/birdwatching reserve/protected areas entrance fees
Private transportation during the tour

Price excludes:

International or domestic flights to get to/from Perth
Airport transfers
Any pre- or post-tour accommodation, meals, or birding/sightseeing/etc. excursions
Visa if required
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts, laundry, internet access, phone calls, etc.
Any pre- or post-tour accommodation, meals, or birding/sightseeing/monument excursions
Soft/alcoholic drinks (drinking water is safe from the taps, please bring a refillable water bottle)
Personal travel insurance
Gratuities (please see our tipping guidelines blog)

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Western Australia: Southwest Specialties
October 2024/September 2025/2026

 

Due to geographic isolation and diverse habitats, the southwest of the state of Western Australia boasts several endemic species and subspecies. This nine-day small-group well-paced Australian birding tour will focus on finding as many of these Western Australian endemic birds as possible, while also enjoying a wide range of other interesting flora and fauna along the way.

Southwest Australia birding toursBlue-breasted Fairywren is one of our targets on this trip.

 

Local endemic bird species that we will be focusing our attention on during the tour include Carnaby’s (Short-billed) and Baudin’s (Long-billed) Black Cockatoos, Western Corella, Red-capped Parrot, Western Rosella, Noisy Scrubbird, Western Bristlebird, Red-winged Fairywren, Western Fieldwren, Western Thornbill, Western Wattlebird, Western Spinebill, Gilbert’s Honeyeater (formerly known as Western White-naped or Swan River Honeyeater), White-breasted Robin, Red-eared Firetail, Black-throated Whipbird, and Western Shriketit. Other species that are near-endemics to the state (and still Australian endemics) also form targets, as they are unlikely to be found on other eastern tours, these include Western Yellow Robin, Rufous Treecreeper, Blue-breasted Fairywren, and Spotted Scrubwren.

Southwest Australia birding toursOne of the toughest birds to see in all of Australia; we will hope to see Noisy Scrubbird well again, this is one seriously tough bird, but we have a great record of seeing them on our tours.

 

Additional species we will also be looking for include the Australian endemics Malleefowl, Square-tailed Kite, Banded Stilt, Hooded Plover, Rock Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Western Whistler, Splendid Fairywren, and the near-endemic Fairy Tern. The isolation of southwestern Australia has led to a high degree of endemism, also at the subspecies level, and we will try to see as many of these as possible in case of potential future splits, such as (Western) Scarlet Robin and others. This tour will prove interesting for those participants who have been birding on the Australian East Coast and/or in Tasmania and are interested in the possibility of some potential future armchair ticks!

Southwest Australia birding toursWestern Shriketit is a recent split and found in the southwest of Western Australia.

 

For those wishing to explore Australia further, this tour can be combined with our Birding Tour Australia: Northern Territory – Alice Springs and Uluru Birding Tour and our  Birding Tour Australia: Northern Territory – Top End Birding Tour, both of these tours precede this Western Australia birdwatching tour.

  

Itinerary (9 days/8 nights)

 

Day 1. Arrival in Perth

Morning arrival into Perth, if not arrived ahead of the tour starting. We will meet in the afternoon and spend the late afternoon birding around Perth, including near to our hotel, adjacent to the famous grounds of the Kings Park and Botanical Gardens, within the city. If we have time, we will take a walk into the park, where we will hope to connect with the first of the southwestern endemics, Western Spinebill and Western Wattlebird, as well as more widespread White-cheeked, New Holland, and Singing Honeyeaters and the huge and ever-vocal Red Wattlebird. Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo could be present, feeding in the pine trees, and we will likely find Little Corella, Australian Ringneck, Laughing Dove (introduced from Africa/India), and Rainbow Lorikeet and Laughing Kookaburra (both introduced from eastern Australia). Passerines here may include Australia’s smallest bird, the tiny Weebill, Australian Reed Warbler, and Little Grassbird, while waterbirds may include the beautiful Nankeen Night Heron and the stately Black Swan. We may also visit other sites within the city depending on local flowering conditions and time available.

Overnight: Perth

 

Day 2. Perth to Dryandra Woodland

We will likely spend the early morning birding around Perth, seeing some of the above species and others. If tidal conditions allow, we may find Red-necked Stint, Sharp-tailed and Curlew Sandpipers, Great and Red Knots, and Pacific Golden and Grey Plovers, among others. We will also check out some of the lakes in and around the city before we head south. The waterbodies here may harbor a late Freckled Duck if we are very lucky but other species likely include Hardhead, Blue-billed Duck, and Hoary-headed Grebe. Lakeside vegetation may hold Little Grassbird, Australian Reed Warbler, Grey Fantail and Spotless Crake. We will also keep our eyes peeled skywards for any raptors that may be overhead.

Southwest Australia birding toursSpotless Crakes are often shy and retiring, but occasionally, with patience, they can show well.

 

After a late breakfast we will leave Perth and head south towards the Dryandra Woodland area, keeping a look out for Baudin’s Black and Red-tailed Black Cockatoos along the way. After lunch we will check in to our accommodation for the next couple of nights and then head out for an afternoon birding in the local vicinity. This is one of the prime birding sites in the region, so we want to do it justice over the next couple of days.

Overnight: Narrogin

 

Day 3. Full day at Dryandra Woodland

The woodland consists of an interesting mix of Eucalyptus (jarrah, wandoo, and marri), with a good native shrub layer. We will spend the full day in and around the woodland and will look for some of the area’s specialties, such as Western Yellow Robin, Rufous Treecreeper, Western Whistler, Blue-breasted Fairywren, Western Thornbill, Spotted Scrubwren, and Western Shriketit. We will also look for ‘the’ special mammal found at Dryandra – the rare Numbat.

Southwest Australia birding toursAn exceptionally rare and range-restricted endemic mammal – Numbat. Unusually for an Australian mammal, this species is diurnal, spending its days hunting for termites.

 

There are plenty of birds to look for around the huge woodland, and we will focus on finding the above birds and other exciting species such as Painted Buttonquail, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Brown Goshawk, Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Western Rosella, Regent Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Brush Bronzewing, Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Western Spinebill, and Tawny-crowned, Yellow-plumed, Brown, Brown-headed, White-cheeked, New Holland, White-eared, and Gilbert’s Honeyeaters, Restless Flycatcher, and Splendid Fairywren.

Overnight: Narrogin

 

Day 4. Dryandra Woodland to Stirling Range National Park

We will spend the morning back in Dryandra Woodland or another nearby interesting site, focusing on finding the aforementioned species and others that we may still be looking for, or want to see again after our last couple of days.

Southwest Australia birding toursThe open woodland of Dryandra is great for finding Rufous Treecreeper, a species that actually spends a great deal of time on the ground!

 

As the day progresses, we will continue south to the Stirling Range National Park, an area renowned for its impressive flora and pretty landscape, as well as plenty of avian targets. While here we will search for Black-throated Whipbird, Southern Scrub Robin, Western Spinebill, Gilbert’s and Purple-gaped Honeyeaters, Western Yellow Robin, Blue-breasted Fairywren, and Western Fieldwren.

Overnight: Amelup

Southwest Australia birding toursWestern Spinebill is one seriously beautiful honeyeater.

 

Day 5. Stirling Range National Park to Cheynes Beach

We will spend the morning birding at Sterling Range, seeking out those species referred to above but also many others, such as Square-tailed Kite, Spotted Harrier, Little Eagle, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Elegant Parrot, Regent Parrot, Rufous Treecreeper, Southern Emu-wren, Red-winged Fairywren, White-breasted Robin, (Western) Scarlet Robin, Western Thornbill, Western Shriketit, and Red-eared Firetail.

After our birding session here, we will travel down to the south coast township of Cheynes Beach, along the way looking out for interesting species such as White-necked Heron, Banded Stilt, and other interesting shorebirds/waders. Cheynes Beach is home to some great (and very difficult) birds, and we will start looking for these as soon as possible after our arrival and check in for our two night stay here.

Overnight: Cheynes Beach

 

Day 6. Full day at Cheynes Beach

A full day birding the Cheynes Beach area for three of Australia’s toughest, most skulking birds: Noisy Scrubbird, Western Bristlebird, and Black-throated Whipbird (a different subspecies from that at Stirling Ranges and a much talked-about potential further future split). These birds are difficult to see, but we will put all of our effort into securing views of them all during the course of the day.

Southwest Australia birding toursThe heathland at Cheynes Beach is beautiful and occasionally one of the major skulkers shows well, such as this Western Bristlebird.

 

There are also plenty of other species to look for in the area, such as Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black-shouldered Kite, Spotted Harrier, Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Brush Bronzewing, Southern Emu-wren, Red-winged Fairywren, Spotted Scrubwren, Inland Thornbill, White-cheeked Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, White-breasted Robin, Dusky Woodswallow, and Red-eared Firetail.

Black-throated Whipbird is another of the tough ones, but occasionally they come to the tops of the Banksia shrubs to announce their presence.

 

Weather permitting, at night we will look and listen for Tawny Frogmouth, Australian Boobook, and Spotted Nightjar, as well as the area’s nocturnal creatures such as Quokka, Western Ringtail Possum, the tiny Honey Possum (sometimes possible during the day too – they are tiny!), Western Brush Wallaby, and Southern Brown Bandicoot.

Overnight: Cheynes Beach

 

Day 7. Cheynes Beach to Augusta

We will spend the early morning birding around Cheynes Beach again, enjoying views of some of the above species and mopping up any others we may still want to try and see. We will then make our way west along the spectacularly forested coast with giant red tingle and karri trees towards Augusta. With a stop at Lake Muir Nature Reserve along the way we may find a selection of interesting wildfowl and waders (very much depending on water levels), such as Banded Stilt, Eurasian Coot, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, White-faced Heron, Blue-billed Duck, Freckled Duck, and Chestnut Teal. More secretive species around the lake shore include Spotless Crake, Black-backed Bittern, and Australasian Bittern.

Regardless of water levels, the woodland surrounding the lake is home to a population of Western Corella, known as ‘Muir’s Corella’, which is an endemic and isolated subspecies and worth looking for. Other birds possible here include Emu, Carnaby’s, Baudin’s, and Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, Western Rosella, Australian Ringneck, Brown Quail, Square-tailed Kite, Western Spinebill, Gilbert’s Honeyeater, Southern Emu-wren, White-winged Triller, Restless Flycatcher, Western Yellow Robin, (Western) Scarlet Robin, and Spotted Pardalote. We will arrive in Augusta in time to freshen up before dinner.

Overnight: Augusta

Southwest Australia birding toursCarnaby’s Black Cockatoos can sometimes be found feeding on spilt grain on the side of the remote roads.

 

Day 8. Augusta to Busselton

The morning will be spent birding around the rugged coastline of the Cape Leeuwin area, pretty much the most southwesterly point of this huge continent-country where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean. We will look for seabirds here, such as Bridled Tern, Fairy Tern, Flesh-footed, Hutton’s, and Little Shearwaters, Southern Giant and Northern Giant Petrels, and Indian Yellow-nosed, Black-browed, and Shy Albatrosses. Much depends on what the weather is doing as to what is possible here over the water on any given day.

Along the coast we will look for Sooty and Pied Oystercatchers, Hooded Plover, Grey-tailed Tattler, Far Eastern Curlew, Pacific Reef Heron, Rock Parrot, Southern Emu-wren, and Splendid Fairywren.

After birding here, we will slowly wind our way up the coast, checking our areas of Banksia, jarrah, and marri woodland, with the hopes of seeing more black cockatoos, and Western Shriketit. We will stop in the picturesque Margaret River for lunch and will arrive in the Busselton area in the afternoon for the final night of the tour.

Overnight: Busselton

Southwest Australia birding toursHooded Plover is considered Vulnerable (BirdLife International), which is not surprising, it has a lot of recreational pressure on its breeding grounds (sandy beaches), but we will hope to find this beautiful shorebird during the tour.

 

Day 9. Busselton to Perth, departure

Our final morning will be spent checking out some areas around Busselton where we often find interesting shorebirds and waterfowl. We will then commence the return journey back to Perth keeping our eyes peeled for anything interesting we may still want to see.

We will arrive in Perth mid-afternoon where the tour will conclude in time for an evening flight to your next destination.

Overnight: Not included

 

 

Please note that the itinerary cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides and other factors. In addition, we sometimes have to use a different international guide from the one advertised due to tour scheduling.

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Western Australia: Southwest Specialties Trip Report, October 2023

12 – 20 OCTOBER 2023

 By Andy Walker

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All fairywrens are stunning little birds, the Red-winged Fairywren is no different and is only found in the extreme southwest of Australia. This makes it a big target on our Western Australia bird tour and is always a popular bird, given how beautiful it is.­

 

Overview

This birding tour of Western Australia started in Perth on the 12th of October 2023 and ended back there on the 20th of October 2023. The tour focused on the endemic birds of Southwest Australia, as well as a great number of more widespread Australian endemic birds. During this Western Australia bird tour we birded at Lake Monger Reserve, Herdsman Lake, Foxes Lair Nature Reserve, Dryandra Woodland, Stirling Range National Park, Cheynes Beach, Lake Muir, Cape Leeuwin, Margaret River, Busselton, and Nairns.

We recorded 154 bird species on this Western Australia birdwatching tour, (two of these were heard only). Some of the highlights seen included Noisy ScrubbirdWestern BristlebirdBlack-throated WhipbirdCarnaby’s Black CockatooBaudin’s Black CockatooWestern CorellaWestern RosellaRed-capped ParrotRegent ParrotRock ParrotElegant ParrotPurple-crowned LorikeetWedge-tailed EagleSquare-tailed KiteAustralian HobbyRed-winged FairywrenBlue-breasted FairywrenSplendid FairywrenSouthern Emu-wrenSpotted ScrubwrenWestern ThornbillWestern GerygoneWestern FieldwrenWestern SpinebillGilbert’s HoneyeaterWestern ShriketitWhite-breasted RobinWestern Yellow RobinScarlet RobinRufous TreecreeperWestern WhistlerHooded Dotterel, and Banded Lapwing. In addition to the incredible birds seen, we also found a great selection of other animals, such as NumbatShort-beaked EchidnaWestern Grey KangarooSouthern Right WhaleDugite, (Southwestern) Carpet Python, and several other reptiles. Bird and animal lists for this Western Australia birding tour follow the report.

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During our Western Australia birding tour, we focused on the endemic species and subspecies found in the region, such as the regionally endemic and geographically isolated campbelli subspecies of Scarlet Robin, a potential future split.

 

Detailed Report

Day 1, 12th October 2023. Arrival in Perth

We arrived in Perth in the late afternoon and had a group welcome meal in the evening, discussing the plans for the coming week of birding in the bird-filled southwest of Australia.


Day 2, 13th October 2023. Birding Perth and travel to Narrogin

We spent the morning birding at a couple of sites in Perth city. Our first stop, at Lake Monger Reserve, gave us lots of waterfowl, including Musk DuckBlue-billed DuckHardheadPink-eared DuckHoary-headed GrebeEurasian CootDusky MoorhenAustralian PelicanBlack Swan, and Little Black Cormorant. In the vegetation surrounding the lake we noted Straw-necked IbisAustralian RavenWillie WagtailLittle CorellaRainbow LorikeetRed WattlebirdBrown Honeyeater, and Australian Reed Warbler.

After our birding at Lake Monger Reserve, we moved the short distance to nearby Herdsman Lake, where we had excellent looks at stunning breeding plumage Great Crested Grebes and Australasian Grebes. Additionally, we had very close looks at Pink-eared Duck, and good views of Australian ShovelerGrey TealPacific Black DuckAustralian PelicanAustralasian SwamphenLittle EgretGreat EgretAustralian White IbisGlossy IbisSwamp HarrierWhistling Kite, and Osprey. Meanwhile, Sacred KingfisherAustralian Reed WarblerSilvereyeSinging HoneyeaterAustralian Magpie, and Little Grassbird were all seen fleetingly. One of the highlights of our birding at Herdsman Lake was finding a family group of roosting Tawny Frogmouths, which showed wonderfully – an early tour highlight, for sure!

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Tawny Frogmouth,showing how well camouflaged they can be, was a great start to the tour!


We left Perth in the late morning and made our way to Narrogin for our two-night stay. Along the way we made a lunch stop at the village of Wandering, where we found
Nankeen KestrelAustralian Ringneck, a stunning male Western RosellaWestern GerygoneGrey Fantail, and Tree Martin.

After a brief break to check in at our B&B we visited Foxes Lair Nature Reserve, right on the edge of Narrogin, here we found a pair of Square-tailed Kites that showed incredibly well in the beautiful late afternoon sunlight. We then also had good looks at the tiny WeebillElegant ParrotAustralian RingneckRed-capped Parrot, and Gilbert’s Honeyeater, as well as a stunning male Scarlet Robin, which was glowing in the last rays of the sun.

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We enjoyed some excellent views of the gorgeous Square-tailed Kite in the late afternoon glow.


Day 3, 14th October 2023. Birding Dryandra Woodland

We spent our morning birding session exploring Dryandra Woodland. As soon as we arrived in the woodland we heard the distinctive high-pitched call of Purple-crowned Lorikeet. We set off to get into a better position to look for them and soon thereafter we were enjoying good views of these attractive small lorikeets. While watching the lorikeets we also got lots of other target species come into our view, such as Carnaby’s Black CockatooWestern Yellow RobinRufous TreecreeperWestern WhistlerYellow-plumed HoneyeaterBrown-headed HoneyeaterGilbert’s HoneyeaterVaried (Black-capped) SittellaStriated PardaloteSpotted ScrubwrenInland Thornbill, and Shining Bronze Cuckoo. Both Collared Sparrowhawk and Peregrine Falcon were noted overhead, causing a bit of alarm amongst the other birds!

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An attractive male Blue-breasted Fairywren gave some close views.


We moved deeper into the woodland, finding our first
Shingleback Lizard and Western Grey Kangaroos of the tour. Then a few more interesting bird species came our way, including Bush Stone-curlew (a pair with a young baby), Blue-breasted FairywrenWestern ThornbillWestern GerygoneTree MartinGrey ShrikethrushRufous WhistlerJacky-winterGrey CurrawongAustralian MagpieAustralian Raven, and Rainbow Bee-eater. Here, Wedge-tailed Eagle and Brown Goshawk were overhead too.

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While birding at Dryandra Woodland, we had incredible close looks at several Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos as they came to a waterhole to drink.


After lunch and a siesta, we went back into Dryandra Woodland for an afternoon birding session. We saw many of the birds listed above, with the addition of a couple of species and improved looks at others, including
Western Spinebill and Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo. In addition to the great birds, we also saw the Endangered (IUCN) Numbat (for some people in the group), Short-beaked Echidna, lots of Western Grey Kangaroos, (Gould’s) Sand Goanna, and two snakes, a Dugite and a (Southwestern) Carpet Python.

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It’s always exciting to see one of Australia’s “strange” animals, and Short-beaked Echidna certainly ticked that box!


Day 4, 15th October 2023. Birding Dryandra Woodland and travel to Stirling Range National Park

We headed back to Dryandra Woodland in the morning (finding a pair of Banded Lapwings along the way), and what a great morning we had. We drove some roads around the woodland and found another Numbat, this one showed much better than the one we’d briefly seen the previous day, and everyone managed to see this one well. We also enjoyed watching a mother Western Grey Kangaroo with a joey in her pouch, and we had further looks at (Gould’s) Sand Goanna – a sunbathing individual soaking in the first rays of the day. All very exciting!

After enjoying seeing the Numbat and other critters, we focused on the birds of Dryandra Woodland once again, and had a really enjoyable walk through a patch of the woodland that has served us well on past tours. Today was no exception, and we found one of the big trip targets, the recently split Western Shriketit. We also found Restless FlycatcherHorsfield’s Bronze CuckooRufous TreecreeperScarlet RobinRainbow Bee-eaterRed-capped Parrot, and several pairs of nesting Purple-crowned Lorikeets.

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We saw a Numbat foraging for termites while in Dryandra Woodland.


After finishing our birding at Dryandra Woodland, we commenced our journey to Stirling Range National Park. Along the way we found several notable birds, and these included
Peregrine Falcon (a perched pair), Nankeen KestrelBlack-shouldered KiteWedge-tailed EagleChestnut Teal (a pair with very young ducklings), Black-fronted DotterelWhite-faced HeronWhite-winged TrillerRufous SonglarkAustralian Pipit, and Pallid Cuckoo.

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We enjoyed great views of a pair of Western Shriketits in Dryandra Woodland.


Once we arrived at our accommodation at Stirling Range National Park, we took a brief late afternoon walk around the grounds. It was quite late, but we had excellent looks at several
Regent Parrots coming into a water bath to drink, along with Gilbert’s HoneyeaterYellow-plumed HoneyeaterNew Holland Honeyeater, and a brief Blue-breasted Fairywren. A fitting end to a great day’s birding in Western Australia.

Day 5, 16th October 2023. Birding Stirling Range National Park and travel to Cheynes Beach

We spent the morning birding around Stirling Range National Park. As we made our way to our first site within the park, we got distracted by several Emus. The first few were quite nervous, but the others, seen a bit later, showed nicely. We also had a flock of Regent ParrotsRufous SonglarkBrown Falcon, and Grey Butcherbird. On arrival at our main morning birding site, we got several new birds, including Tawny-crowned HoneyeaterWhite-cheeked HoneyeaterSplendid Fairywren, and Southern Emu-wren. After enjoying these species, we saw the main target, Western Fieldwren, and it showed very well for us. Nankeen Kestrel and Wedge-tailed Eagle were overhead too. As we drove back to get a late breakfast, we found another gorgeous (Southwestern) Carpet Python and our first Western Bluetongue, a lizard full of character!

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This Western Fieldwren performed brilliantly for us while we birded Stirling Range.


After our late breakfast we visited another section of Stirling Range National Park, where we found
Southern Emu-wrenWestern SpinebillBrown Falcon, and more Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters. After this short birding session, we made our journey down to Cheynes Beach. Several stops along the way yielded Red-necked AvocetPied StiltSilver GullAustralian ShelduckGrey TealHoary-headed GrebeGrey ButcherbirdYellow-throated MinerGrey Fantail, and displaying Brown Songlarks.

We took a short walk near our accommodation at Cheynes Beach, where we found several new birds, including White-breasted RobinRed-winged FairywrenBrown QuailBrush BronzewingRed-eared Firetail, and our best looks so far of Common Bronzewing and Splendid Fairywren. A King’s Skink looked rather impressive hiding in the undergrowth, our first of many over the coming days, and we had plenty of Western Grey Kangaroos keeping on top of the lawn cutting! Looking out along the beach we found Silver GullGreater Crested TernAustralasian GannetCommon Sandpiper, and Sooty Oystercatcher.


Day 6, 17th October 2023. Birding Cheynes Beach

We spent the morning walking around the coastal heathland at Cheynes Beach. White-cheeked Honeyeaters were abundant, and many Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos were flying around. We tried to concentrate on finding the three tough species of the region. Noisy Scrubbird was, unsurprisingly, heard but not seen, with a bird calling from deep within some impenetrable heath. Western Bristlebird was the first of the three skulkers to show, a singing bird which then started foraging along a shady section of sand dune. After enjoying the sighting of this one we found Black-throated Whipbird. This bird moved around us giving fleeting and frustrating glimpses, before it then clambered up to a song perch and belted out a burst of its pretty song for us.

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Western Bristlebird was foraging along a shady section of the sand dunes and showed well.

 

While birding here, we also noted Spotted ScrubwrenSouthern Emu-wrenRed-winged FairywrenNew Holland HoneyeaterRed Wattlebird, and Silvereye. Several raptors were moving around the local area, including White-bellied Sea EagleBlack-shouldered KiteCollared SparrowhawkBrown FalconNankeen Kestrel, and Australian Hobby. The heat started to build considerably and so we took a break during the middle of the day.

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Black-throated Whipbird initially gave us the run-around, but eventually showed nicely as it sang from an exposed perch.

When we met for our afternoon birding session, we were greeted by very strong winds which made birding almost impossible, the sand from the beach and dunes was getting whipped up and blown all around too. It was all rather inhospitable! We took a drive around the village trying to find some shelter from the wind, and some birds to look at, but not a lot was braving the wind. We did however see a rather cute pair of Brown Quails with a very recent golf-ball-sized hatchling in tow. There were not a lot of options with the wind howling, so we parked the van up and waited near a dirt track to see if we could get lucky. After about 90 minutes of waiting, with a very close Brush Bronzewing, a duo of Black-shouldered Kites, several White-breasted Robins, and a pod of Indo-Pacific Bottle-nosed Dolphins doing their best to distract us, we heard a Noisy Scrubbird calling not too far away. After about another 30 minutes of waiting and hoping, all of us had seen this super-skulker and major tour target! We enjoyed another fantastic dinner and a celebratory one at that. The tough trio of Western BristlebirdBlack-throated Whipbird, and Noisy Scrubbird all seen

Day 7, 18th October 2023. Birding Cheynes Beach and travel to Augusta

Today was essentially a travel day interspersed with some birding stops, as we made our way from Cheynes Beach to Augusta, via Albany, Mount Barker, and Lake Muir. A final brief walk near our accommodation at Cheynes Beach gave us a big tour highlight in the form of a mother and calf Southern Right Whale – such a huge animal and they were relatively close inshore too. Here we also had nest-building Red-eared Firetails and Ospreys, as well as a hunting Australian Hobby, and a Fan-tailed Cuckoo.

Moving on to Albany, we were treated to some simply incredible views of a stunning adult male Red-winged Fairywren (see trip report cover image), as well as good views of two Spotless CrakesSwamp HarrierMusk DuckBlue-billed Duck (amazing close views), and Australian Reed Warbler. Here we also saw loads of nesting Straw-necked Ibis and Australian Ibis, as well as our first Little Pied Cormorants of the tour.

As we left the coast behind, we cut inland to Lake Muir, where a few strategic stops resulted in sightings of the Critically Endangered (BirdLife InternationalBaudin’s Black CockatooCarnaby’s Black Cockatoo, and Western Correla. Here we also saw Emu, plenty of Western RosellasSplendid FairywrenRed-winged FairywrenInland ThornbillWestern Whistler, and Spotted Scrubwren. There was water in Lake Muir for a change, and many Black Swans and Australian Shelducks were present. In the late afternoon we continued our journey to Augusta, our base for the night.

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The Western Corellas had been feeding along the shore of Lake Muir and so were rather filthy as they flew right by us!

 

Day 8, 19th October 2023. Birding Augusta (including Cape Leeuwin) to Busselton

We had an interesting morning at Cape Leeuwin with several hundred BMX bike riders who were starting their cape-to-cape bike race. However, the distractions didn’t prevent us from finding our main target bird of the morning, the habitat-restricted and range-restricted Rock Parrot. A pair of birds gave good close views. We then moved up the coast to the Margaret River area, where a walk on a beach resulted in excellent sightings of three Hooded Dotterels at close range. Other birds noted during the morning at the coast included Australian Pied CormorantWhite-faced HeronAustralasian GannetPacific GullGreater Crested TernSooty Oystercatcher, and Osprey.

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Rock Parrot showed very well at Cape Leeuwin.

After lunch, we continued our journey to Busselton. A short stop in some beautiful Karri and Wandoo woodland near Margaret River gave us a sighting of Common Water Rat (Raikai), Western WhistlerGilbert’s Honeyeater, and several other forest species. Finally, a stop at an ephemeral wetland near Busselton resulted in good looks at Yellow-billed SpoonbillPink-eared DuckAustralasian Swamphen, and several other waterbirds

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Hooded Dotterel was foraging along a big sandy beach.

Day 9, 20th October 2023. Birding Busselton and travel to Perth for the end of the tour

We spent our final day of the tour traveling from Busselton to Perth, where the tour ended. On the way we spent some time birding at a wetland in Busselton, where we had excellent views of a pair of Musk Ducks in a courtship display, and we saw plenty of other waterfowl, including Australasian ShovelerHardheadHoary-headed GrebeNankeen Night HeronDusky MoorhenAustralasian Swamphen, and Yellow-billed Spoonbill. We also had Whistling Kite and a flock of Little Corellas going over. A surprise sighting of a Masked Lapwing was followed by an excellent look at a couple of juvenile Banded Lapwings.

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Two juvenile Banded Lapwings showed well for us in Busselton.

Near Perth, we called into a coastal wetland, where we were greeted by a pair of Ospreys at a nest. While scanning the sandflats and estuary we found Fairy TernCaspian TernGreater Crested TernAustralian Pied CormorantEastern Cattle EgretRed-capped Plover, and Pied Oystercatcher. As we checked a pond near the coast, we found plenty of Common GreenshanksPied Stilts, and a Buff-banded Rail. After a final lunch, we continued our journey back to Perth, where the tour ended. Lots of great birds were enjoyed on the tour. “Bird of the Trip” was a tough one to pick, with Noisy ScrubbirdTawny FrogmouthRed-winged FairywrenSpotless CrakeCarnaby’s Black Cockatoo, and Red-eared Firetail all being popular.

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It is hard to look beyond Splendid Fairywren as being one of Australia’s best-looking birds. They are dazzlingly beautiful, and we enjoyed repeated sightings of this popular stunner on our Western Australia birding tour.

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Restless Flycatcher gave us some great views while we were birding at Dryandra Woodland.

Bird List – Following IOC (13.2)

Birds ‘heard only’ are marked with (H) after the common name, all other species were seen. The following notation after species names is used to show conservation status following BirdLife International: CR = Critically Endangered, EN = Endangered, VU = Vulnerable.

Common Name Scientific Name
Cassowaries, Emu (Casuariidae)
Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)
Black Swan Cygnus atratus
Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides
Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus
Maned Duck Chenonetta jubata
Australasian Shoveler Spatula rhynchotis
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa
Grey Teal Anas gracilis
Chestnut Teal Anas castanea
Hardhead Aythya australis
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis
Musk Duck Biziura lobata
Pheasants & Allies (Phasianidae)
Brown Quail Synoicus ypsilophorus
Frogmouths (Podargidae)
Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides
Cuckoos (Cuculidae)
Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo Chrysococcyx basalis
Shining Bronze Cuckoo Chrysococcyx lucidus
Pallid Cuckoo Cacomantis pallidus
Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis
Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)
Rock Dove Columba livia
Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis
Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis
Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera
Brush Bronzewing Phaps elegans
Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes
Rails, Crakes & Coots (Rallidae)
Buff-banded Rail Hypotaenidia philippensis
Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
Australasian Swamphen Porphyrio melanotus
Spotless Crake Zapornia tabuensis
Grebes (Podicipedidae)
Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
Hoary-headed Grebe Poliocephalus poliocephalus
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Stone-curlews, Thick-knees (Burhinidae)
Bush Stone-curlew Burhinus grallarius
Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)
Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris
Sooty Oystercatcher Haematopus fuliginosus
Stilts, Avocets (Recurvirostridae)
Pied Stilt Himantopus leucocephalus
Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae
Plovers (Charadriidae)
Banded Lapwing Vanellus tricolor
Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles
Red-capped Plover Charadrius ruficapillus
Hooded Dotterel – VU Thinornis cucullatus
Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops
Sandpipers, Snipes (Scolopacidae)
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
 
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)
Silver Gull Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae
Pacific Gull Larus pacificus
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii
Fairy Tern – VU Sternula nereis
Gannets, Boobies (Sulidae)
Australasian Gannet Morus serrator
Anhingas, Darters (Anhingidae)
Australasian Darter Anhinga novaehollandiae
Cormorants, Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)
Little Pied Cormorant Microcarbo melanoleucos
Australian Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius
Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)
Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca
Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes
Herons, Bitterns (Ardeidae)
Nankeen Night Heron Nycticorax caledonicus
Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus
White-necked Heron Ardea pacifica
Great Egret Ardea alba
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Pelicans (Pelecanidae)
Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus
Ospreys (Pandionidae)
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Kites, Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris
Square-tailed Kite Lophoictinia isura
Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax
Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus
Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrocephalus
Swamp Harrier Circus approximans
Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus
White-bellied Sea Eagle Icthyophaga leucogaster
Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)
Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus
Bee-eaters (Meropidae)
Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus
Caracaras, Falcons (Falconidae)
Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides
Australian Hobby Falco longipennis
Brown Falcon Falco berigora
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii
Baudin’s Black Cockatoo – CR Zanda baudinii
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo – EN Zanda latirostris
Galah Eolophus roseicapilla
Western Corella Cacatua pastinator
Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea
Old World Parrots (Psittaculidae)
Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus
Red-capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius
Western Rosella Platycercus icterotis
Australian Ringneck Barnardius zonarius
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans
Rock Parrot Neophema petrophila
Purple-crowned Lorikeet Parvipsitta porphyrocephala
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus moluccanus
Scrubbirds (Atrichornithidae)
Noisy Scrubbird – EN Atrichornis clamosus
Australasian Treecreepers (Climacteridae)
Rufous Treecreeper Climacteris rufus
Australasian Wrens (Maluridae)
Blue-breasted Fairywren Malurus pulcherrimus
Red-winged Fairywren Malurus elegans
Splendid Fairywren Malurus splendens
Southern Emu-wren Stipiturus malachurus
Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)
Western Spinebill Acanthorhynchus superciliosus
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater Gliciphila melanops
New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
White-cheeked Honeyeater Phylidonyris niger
Brown Honeyeater Lichmera indistincta
Brown-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus brevirostris
Gilbert’s Honeyeater Melithreptus chloropsis
Singing Honeyeater Gavicalis virescens
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater Ptilotula ornata
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata
Yellow-throated Miner Manorina flavigula
Bristlebirds (Dasyornithidae)
Western Bristlebird – EN Dasyornis longirostris
Pardalotes (Pardalotidae)
Spotted Pardalote (H) Pardalotus punctatus
Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus
Australasian Warblers (Acanthizidae)
Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris
Western Fieldwren Calamanthus montanellus
Spotted Scrubwren Sericornis maculatus
Western Gerygone Gerygone fusca
Inland Thornbill Acanthiza apicalis
Western Thornbill Acanthiza inornata
Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Whipbirds (Psophodidae)
Black-throated Whipbird Psophodes nigrogularis
Woodswallows, Butcherbirds & Allies (Artamidae)
Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus
Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus
Grey Currawong Strepera versicolor
Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)
Black-faced Cuckooshrike Coracina novaehollandiae
White-winged Triller Lalage tricolor
Sittellas (Neosittidae)
Varied Sittella Daphoenositta chrysoptera
Shriketits (Falcunculidae)
Western Shriketit Falcunculus leucogaster
Whistlers & Allies (Pachycephalidae)
Western Whistler Pachycephala fuliginosa
Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris
Grey Shrikethrush Colluricincla harmonica
Fantails (Rhipiduridae)
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys
Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa
Monarchs (Monarchidae)
Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca
Restless Flycatcher Myiagra inquieta
Crows, Jays (Corvidae)
Australian Raven Corvus coronoides
Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)
White-breasted Robin Quoyornis georgianus
Western Yellow Robin Eopsaltria griseogularis
Jacky Winter Microeca fascinans
Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang
Swallows, Martins (Hirundinidae)
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
Tree Martin Petrochelidon nigricans
Reed Warblers & Allies (Acrocephalidae)
Australian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus australis
Grassbirds & Allies (Locustellidae)
Little Grassbird Poodytes gramineus
Brown Songlark Cincloramphus cruralis
Rufous Songlark Cincloramphus mathewsi
White-eyes (Zosteropidae)
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis
Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)
Mistletoebird (H) Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Waxbills, Munias & Allies (Estrildidae)
Red-eared Firetail Stagonopleura oculata
Wagtails, Pipits (Motacillidae)
Australian Pipit Anthus australis
Total seen 152
Total heard only 2
Total recorded 154

Mammal List

Common Name Scientific Name
Kangaroos, Wallabies, and Allies (Macropodidae)
Western Grey Kangaroo Macropus fuliginosus
 
Numbats (Myrmecobiidae)
Numbat Myrmecobius fasciatus
 
Dasyures (Dasyuridae)
Yellow-footed Antechinus Antechinus flavipes leucogaster
 
Echidnas (Tachyglossidae)
Short-beaked Echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus
 
Hares and Rabbits (Leporidae)
European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus
 
Old World Mice and Rats (Muridae)
Common Water Rat (Rakali) Hydromys chrysogaster
 
Oceanic Dolphins (Delphinidae)
Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops aduncus
 
Bowhead and Right Whales (Balaenidae)
Southern Right Whale Eubalaena australis
Total 8

Reptile List

Common Name Scientific Name
Monitor Lizards (Varanidae)
(Gould’s) Sand Goanna Varanus gouldii
Heath Goanna Varanus rosenbergi
 
Skinks (Scincidae)
Shingleback Lizard Tiliqua rugosa
Western Bluetongue Tiliqua occipitalis
King’s Skink Egernia kingii
 
Elapid Snakes (Elapidae)
Dugite Pseudonaja affinis
 
Pythons (Pythonidae)
(Southwestern) Carpet Python Morelia spilota imbricata
Total 7

 

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(Southwest) Carpet Python is an attractive snake, we saw two individuals out sunning themselves during the tour.

 

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Birding Tour Australia: Western Australia – Southwest Specialties

 Tour-Specific Information

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT AUSTRALIA CAN BE READ HERE

 

TOUR OUTLINE

This is a comprehensive Western Australia birding tour, yet it is also well-paced, allowing the opportunity to really enjoy the birds of the region. We have a couple of two-night stays along our Western Australian birding route, where we have more time to unpack and focus on the special birds of each area. Western Australia has been cut off from eastern Australia for many years, and as a result, many regionally endemic birds (and rare mammals) exist. Seemingly each year, scientific studies elevate distinct subspecies to full species status – e.g., Western Shriketit is the latest endemic species for the region with the split of the former Crested Shriketit complex into three geographically isolated “new” species. We pay careful attention to all different subspecies on this tour, even if the species may be common on our eastern Australia tour (if you’ve already done that one) because there is a reasonable chance of a future armchair tick!

Our Western Australia bird tour starts and ends in beautiful Perth. We really recommend getting in early for this tour to get used to the time zone and to enjoy what the city has to offer – good food and wine and some excellent parklands for birding. Perth is a long way from anywhere (even other major cities in Australia!) but is serviced by international flights from all around the world, as well as numerous domestic flights from all around Australia.

We will be concentrating on the endemic birds of Western Australia on this Western Australia birdwatching tour; some of these include some excellent parrots, such as Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, Baudin’s Black Cockatoo, Western Corella, Red-capped Parrot, and Western Rosella. More secretive regionally endemic birds include Noisy Scrubbird, Western Bristlebird, and Black-throated Whipbird. Other top endemic targets on our Western Australia bird tour include Western Spinebill, Gilbert’s Honeyeater, White-breasted Robin, and Red-eared Firetail. Species not likely on many other Australian bird tours (as they mainly occur in a bit of a birdwatcher’s no-mans-land away from Western Australia), include Rufous Treecreeper, Blue-breasted Fairywren, Western Yellow Robin, and Western Whistler – all are stunners too! The tour also offers up chances of some exciting mammals, with one of the main targets being the very rare Numbat. Other interesting mammals can include Western Grey Kangaroo and the tiny Honey Possum. A decent list of reptiles can be expected if spring has sprung and temperatures are increasing. There could also be some interesting flowers on show, particularly orchids, which the Stirling Range is well known for (weather and season depending).

 

DAILY ACTIVITIES, PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS, AND TOUR PACE

This Western Australia bird tour goes at a moderate pace, but there are a couple of two-night stays in the itinerary. We will cover quite a bit of ground on our birding circuit of the southwest of Western Australia. This circuit starts and ends in Perth and visits Dryandra Woodland, Stirling Range National Park, Cheynes Beach, Augusta (Cape Leeuwin), and Busselton.

There is quite a bit of driving involved to get between birding areas; these will be broken up by bathroom breaks and lunch/snack stops where possible. Most of the drives are around 2 – 3 hours in duration, but these will become longer with birding/lunch stops added. The longest drive is as we move between Cheynes Beach and Augusta; this is a drive of 4 – 5 hours, depending on traffic and birding stops. We usually buy a picnic lunch and eat this along the way on this day as the route passes through some areas with little provisions but some good birding stops.

The tour is generally considered easy in terms of physical exertion. We tend to make short walks from our vehicle or accommodation in a loop of up to 0.6 – 1.2 miles (1 – 2 kilometers/km), and we may make several of these a day. On a couple of occasions, such as at Cheynes Beach we are likely to make slightly longer walks of 2.5 miles (4 km). Most of the walking we will do will be on mainly flat (sometimes sandy ground), but there are a couple of hills we will walk up/down, particularly while in the Stirling Range area and the Cheynes Beach area. These walks are not considered difficult. We will, of course, take all walks slowly and at birding pace.

We will likely stake out one or two birds, which may require sitting in one place for a few hours (so having some layers will be important in case the temperature is low – see the “Weather” section below). We may look for some nocturnal wildlife at a couple of sites if the weather is suitable.

On some occasions, when we have multiple nights at one location, we will likely take a break for some rest and relaxation during the middle of the day.

 

TRANSPORTATION

We will use a 12-seater minibus on this Western Australia birdwatching tour. There will be limited baggage space in the vehicle, so please pack as lightly as possible for the tour (including within the seating area).

 

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

There are no domestic flights on this Western Australia bird tour.

 

LUGGAGE

Please pack as lightly as possible for this Western Australia birding tour. A medium, soft-sided, and robust duffle bag is likely to work best for packing in the tour vehicles. You will be expected to load and unload your own bags into and out of vehicles and to/from your rooms.

We recommend a daypack is used to keep items that you wish to use daily when in the vehicle or when birding in the field (such as binoculars, camera, notebook, field guide, personal supply of water, snacks, umbrella, rain jacket, extra layers of clothing, etc.).

 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay in a very wide range of accommodation on this Western Australia birding tour, including nice city hotels, quaint countryside/rural bed and breakfasts, static caravans, holiday cottages, basic hotels/motels, and more luxurious lodges. The accommodation we use on this bird tour has been selected due to their good locations in terms of birding sites and places to eat (also important when in rural locations!). Most accommodation has ensuite bathrooms. At Stirling Range, we stay in small cottages; each cottage has two private bedrooms with a communal bathroom, kitchen, and dining/lounge area. We will spend one night here. The exact number of cottages we have depends on the final number of tour participants and rooming arrangements. Wi-Fi is available at most places we stay on this tour. Some of the accommodation provides breakfast/meals, and we will eat those there, where suitable. See the “Meals” section below for more.

 

MEALS

Despite Perth being one of the biggest and most cosmopolitan cities in Australia, once you leave the city behind, it becomes rural very quickly. Breakfasts will be taken at our overnight venues in most instances, though at some locations, such as at Stirling Range, Augusta, and Bussleton, we will use local cafés. Most lunches will be sourced from local bakeries or cafés and either eaten onsite or as we drive between different birding locations. Most dinners will be eaten at pubs or restaurants near our accommodation. On one night, when we stay at Stirling Range Retreat, we will have a picnic dinner sourced along the way. Our accommodation at Cheynes Beach will provide breakfast and dinner for us. Please make sure you have notified us of any dietary restrictions for this tour.

 

WEATHER

This tour will be occurring during the Western Australian spring; therefore, we can expect a range of temperatures and weather. The average daytime temperature is likely to be 61 degrees Fahrenheit (oF) (16 degrees Centigrade/oC), with highs of 70 oF (21 oC). At night, the temperatures could be in the region of 52 oF (11 oC). It is likely to be warmer inland and cooler by the sea, where southerly airflows can bring colder conditions. There are no notable elevation gains on this tour to impact the temperature. Rainfall could occur at any time on this tour but is more likely in coastal areas.

 

WHAT TO BRING: CLOTHING AND OTHER ITEMS

The following is a list of useful items to bring on this Western Australia birding tour and should be read in conjunction with the Australia general information document.

  1. A field guide to the birds of Western Australia. See the general information for our recommendations for this tour.
  2. Hiking pole or walking stick to help on the tracks and trails. While probably not necessary for everyone, a walking stick is compulsory for anyone who is unsteady walking, as we feel this is a safety issue; we don’t want anyone slipping on the trails or anywhere else. Please discuss with us if you are unsure whether you will need one or not.
  3. Torch (flashlight) and/or headlamp (headtorch), and spare batteries.
  4. High-concentration DEET insect repellant, or similar.
  5. A small personal first aid kit. See the suggested items from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here.
  6. Lightweight hiking boots are likely the best footwear for this tour. A set of sandals (flip-flops) and/or trainers would be useful for walking around some of the accommodations but are not suitable for birding time (e.g., consider snake bites, mud, slips, trips, and falls, etc.).
  7. Quick-drying birding clothes (in suitable colors) are the best for this tour, and a good selection of clothing layers (including sweater/jumper/fleece/coat) are also recommended due to the potential for cool or even cold mornings or days, particularly on the south coast.
  8. Light rain jacket/poncho (and small umbrella) as rain could fall at any time at any location. Spring in Western Australia could see rain showers or prolonged periods of rain if a weather system moves through.
  9. A dry bag to keep valuable documents in, such as passports, cell phones, wallets, etc., as well as cameras, if it rains.

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Andy is a superb guide with a wonderful knowledge of birds and where to find them. He is enthusiastic and keen, great company and a real pleasure to bird with. Our Australian trip was very successful in terms of sightings and also really enjoyable. Andy played a big part in that with his superb organisation, excellent birding skills, easy-going nature and positive attitude. I would happily join Andy on a birding trip again and hope to be able to do so later this year!

Janice - On Andy and Australia

Andy Walker was absolutely excellent. Knowledgeable, affable, organized, sense of humor, and attentive to everyone. I would go anywhere with Andy.

RT - on Andy and Australia

Particularly enjoyed the south and southwest coastal regions. Andy is an exceptional guide.

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