Birding Tour Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics 2017
Australia, the island continent, is a remote landmass that drifted away from Antarctica tens of millions of years ago. Without significant volcanic activity and other mountain-building forces, it is also the flattest continent with the world’s oldest soils. Despite its lack of topography, this incredible landmass is one of extremes. The Outback, the continent’s core, is a vast and hostile desert with unpredictable weather patterns that sometimes flush the landscape with green. Along the edges, more regular precipitation allows ancient rainforests, heathlands, and fire-resistant sclerophyll woodlands to grow. Due to its long isolation and harsh environments, Australia is now home to birds of a different feather, including eight endemic bird families and a further seven shared only with neighboring New Guinea. About 300 bird species are endemic to Australia, making it second only to Indonesia in this regard. Throughout this country’s every extreme, its amazing avifauna has shown the adaptability and resiliency to survive in even the most challenging environments. In addition, this avifauna is just dripping with charismatic species, from bowerbirds to parrots to fairywrens to kookaburras to cassowaries to lyrebirds. Throughout the course of this tour we sample habitats ranging from the arid plains north of Deniliquin to the wet rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands in search of as many of these wonderful birds as possible, while also appreciating the many other unique plants and animals along the way. This continent is a naturalist’s dream!
Our journey begins at the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne in southeast Australia, visiting coastal heathland for several localized habitat specialists such as Gang-gang Cockatoo and Beautiful Firetail. Further north and west towards the interior, arid Mallee vegetation and saline lakes provide habitat for the mound-building Malleefowl, the impossibly blue Splendid Fairywren, and the evocatively named Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, among a host of other species. On one evening we make a special effort to observe the monotypic Plains-wanderer in the dry plains north of Deniliquin, before swinging southeast through the sclerophyll forests of Chiltern and the temperate forests near Melbourne for targets such as Turquoise Parrot and Superb Lyrebird.
After an internal flight from Melbourne to Brisbane we drive up to the famous O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, nestled within a large tract of subtropical rainforest, for a totally new set of birds such as Regent Bowerbird and Australian Logrunner.
On the last leg of our journey we explore the wet tropics of far northern Queensland to explore one of the world’s most ancient rainforests for key species such as Southern Cassowary and Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher. We also take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, where the colors and diversity of the fish and corals rival those of the birds. Evening spotlighting sessions on many of these days should also produce a host of endearing and unusual nocturnal birds and mammals, which may include Tawny Frogmouth, green ringtail possum, and sugar glider.
This tour can be combined with our Australia Pre-tour: Tasmania and the Orange-bellied Parrot 2017 tour (25 – 30 October 2017). We are also planning to run an extension to Australia: Northern Territory 2017 (17 – 24 November 2017) between this tour and our Birding Tour Australia: the Southwest 2017 (25 November – 3 December 2017), so that eventually all four Australia tours could be combined. Please watch this space.
We can also arrange other extensions for Australia (e.g., Uluru for sightseeing, and pelagics).
Duration: 17 days
Limit (Group Size): 3 - 7
Date Start: October 31, 2017
Date End: November 16, 2017
Tour Start: Melbourne
Tour End: Cairns
Price: AU$8,321 per person sharing (6-7 people); AU$10,082 per person sharing (4-5 people). AU$11,309 (3 people)
Single Supplement: AU$2,340
All reserve entry fees shown in the itinerary
Expert bird guide during the entire trip
Private transportation during the tour
Transfers to and from the airports
Domestic flights within Australia
Items of a personal nature, such as extra drinks, snacks, alcoholic beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
Birding Tour New Zealand: 18-day Birding Adventure 2018
Duration: 18 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: February 02, 2018
Date End: February 19, 2018
Price: NZ$9,228 per person sharing, assuming 8 participants; NZ$9754 per person sharing, assuming 6 – 7 participants; NZ$11,435 per person sharing, assuming 4 – 5 participants.
Details: Welcome to this ‘Birding Tour New Zealand’ excursion. New Zealand is one of the most remote places on earth, and during 8o million years of isolation a fascinating and unique fauna evolved
Birding tour Australia: the Southwest 2017
Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 3 - 7
Spaces Available: 5
Date Start: November 29, 2017
Date End: December 07, 2017
Price: AU$1,197 per person sharing (6 – 7 participants), AU$2,876 per person sharing (4 – 5 participants), AU$3,835 per person sharing (3 participants)
Details: Due to geographic isolation and diverse habitats, the south of Western Australia boasts several endemic species and subspecies. This nine-day Birding Tour Australia: the Southwest Extension will focus
Birding Tour Australia: Tasmania and the Orange-bellied Parrot Pre-tour 2017
Duration: 6 days
Limit (Group Size): 3 - 7
Date Start: October 25, 2017
Date End: October 30, 2017
Price: AU$2752 per person sharing (6-7 people); AU$2995 per person sharing (4-5 people); AU$3459 per person sharing (3 people)
Details: Adjoined to the mainland until the end of the last glacial period about ten thousand years ago, Tasmania is both geographically and genetically isolated from Australia. Through the millennia this isla
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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!