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Birding tour Australia: the Southwest 2017

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 on finding as many of these endemics as possible, as well as on enjoying a wide range of other interesting flora and fauna.

Endemic 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 (formerly known as Western White-naped or Swan River) Honeyeater, White-breasted Robin, Western Whistler, and Red-eared Firetail. Other species that just about get out of Western Australia, but are near-endemics to the region and Australian endemics and form targets of the trip include Western Yellow Robin, Rufous Treecreeper, Blue-breasted Fairywren, and Western Whipbird. Due to recent fires in its previous stronghold, the likelihood of finding Western Ground Parrot is unfortunately very low, as this species, with a tiny remaining population, is pushed nearer to the brink of extinction.

Further species we will also be looking for include the Australian endemics Malleefowl, Square-tailed Kite, Banded Stilt, Hooded Dotterel, Rock Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, and 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. This 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!

This tour can be combined with our Birding Tour West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition 2017 (16 – 27 November 2017).

Duration: 9 days

Limit (Group Size): 3 - 7

Spaces Available: 4

Date Start: November 29, 2017

Date End: December 07, 2017

Tour Start: Perth

Tour End: Perth

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)

Single Supplement: AU$803

Price includes:
Lodging in comfortable hotels/lodges
All meals
All transportation during tour
Entrance fees
Expert birding guide
Price excludes:
Alcoholic drinks
Travel insurance
Expenses of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls, extra drinks and snacks, etc.)

Birding Tour New Zealand - New Zealand Fantail - Oz Horine

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

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Blue-faced Honeyeater by Andy Walker

Birding Tour Australia: Top End Birding Specialties 2017

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 2 - 7
Date Start: November 16, 2017
Date End: November 24, 2017
Price: AU$ 5,124 per person sharing (6 – 7 participants), AU$ 6,204 per person sharing (4 – 5 participants), AU$ 10,126 per person sharing (2 – 3 participants)
Details: The ‘Top End Birding Specialties’ Tour provides fantastic chances of viewing many of Australia’s Top End specialty bird species during November, including Rainbow Pitta, Black-banded Fruit Dove

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Black Swan - Andy Walker

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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Australian King Parrot

Birding Tour Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics 2017

Duration: 17 days
Limit (Group Size): 3 - 7
Date Start: October 31, 2017
Date End: November 16, 2017
Price: AU$8,321 per person sharing (6-7 people); AU$10,082 per person sharing (4-5 people). AU$11,309 (3 people)
Details: 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 a

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Andrew Walker is Birding Ecotours’ UK representative, and he also guides some of our birding tours in many parts of the world. He lives in York, North Yorkshire, England, where he is the York Ornith ...

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Australia and Barry Davies: When I found out it was Barry Davies that was leading the trip, I was thrilled as I had been in contact with him years ago when I was with Jaeger Tours, at the recommendations of a number of my friends that had travelled with him, so we knew each other! He was extraordinary – knew his stuff in and out about OZ and its flora and fauna and was great with the participants. We did Cairns & Darwin then an extension to Perth & Tasmania. Not sure how you would pick a favourite place from that. Each region is different and of course getting to see different parts of the country is something that I would have thought one would want to do if doing OZ. I would have loved to have seen more butterflies, mammals and reptiles than we did, but maybe that requires different locations and more time in the field. We did however get Platypus and Echidna. Butterflies are pretty much restricted to the north east. Timing for birds is tough as there is so much movement amongst them depending upon food sources, but I would have said we did pretty well. While obviously we wanted to see all we could, it was not the end of the world if we missed anything, and a huge list was not our goal. We were there in the dry season, I would hate to think what it would be like in the wet season, as a number of places/routes would have been under water, especially in the Darwin region. Accommodations on the whole were very good – I loved the different lodgings, many of which we had to do our own breakfast, with kitchen facilities in the cabins. The country is huge, and with very few people, less than SA!, so some of the locations there was little choices, especially for a large group, but Barry did great in getting what he did. At each region we had to get a bus, there were 14 of us – these varied between great to OK, as the on the extension we had to have one with a trailer.

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