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Eastern Australia (This Page) Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania

Northern Tasmania 19th-28th December 2009

  • Birding in Tasmania is a real delight, with high quality indigenous forests easily accessible just about everywhere, the birds are tame and inquisitive (pishing works a treat!) and most species are widespread and easy to find ....Oscar Campbell reports.

Plains Wanderer 15th July 2009

  • This was an overnight trip arranged with Simon Starr, to see the endemic Plains Wanderer...John Kirby reports.

SE Queensland 12th December 2008 to 5th January 2009

  • The first bird spotted was a Satin Bowerbird, which had constructed its bower, incorporating various blue objects, alongside the path from the car park to the lodge. Other target species of which we had good views were the Green Catbird and the Paradise Riflebird...Alison Hall reports.

Birds and Mammals of Tasmania 6-14 December 2008

  • The objective of the trip was to find all the endemics, and as many other specials and interesting mammals as possible, whilst enjoying the islands splendid scenery. This trip report lists the key highlights at the different sites...Duan Biggs reports

Victoria, Australia 18 November-15 December 2008

  • Just back from a trip to see my daughter in Melbourne Australia and have written a report of the trip...John Kirby reports.

Sydney June 9-26, 2008

  • A trip report for birders who don’t want to try too hard! Or who are enjoying a family holiday and so fit their avian interests in with other activities. The easy to see birds of Sydney...Keith Heaven reports.

Tasmania 12-29 November 2007

  • Most birders that go to Tasmania hire a car or campervan to get around. Not me; I'm a backpacker birder (and also I can't drive). I sleep in the cheapest places, eat at the scungiest dives, and take what transport I can find...Israel Didham reports.

Birding Western Queensland, Australia May 17 to May 25 2007

  • We set off on Operation Grasswren to attempt what we understood from all available sources was the near impossible – to find 4 Grasswren species in eight days and pick up as many other inland Australia birds  as we could along the way...Duan Biggs reports

Tasmania 21st February-11th March 2007

  • The walk up to the viewing platform proved productive for us as we saw our second Tasmanian endemic, a very obliging Yellow-throated Honeyeater perched on the top of a bush giving us great views. The viewing platform overlooks the beach and is right in the middle of the shearwaters burrows...Keith & Lindsay Fisher report.

South-East queensland April 1 to 8 2007

  • I woke up pre-dawn and on the road into Lamington National Park I had views of Wonga Pigeon. I arrived at the campsite to find more than half the campsites empty and a bunch of Australian Brush Turkeys running around...Duan Biggs reports

North-East Queensland February 10 to February 20 2007

  • Night-birding in Paluma proved to be spectacular. A Papuan Frogmouth was found feeding on moths by SF at an outside light next to the café. The light attracted a stunning array of moths and some huge beetles. A Southern Boobook was seen on its regular roost on subsequent nights on the main road through Paluma village...Duan Biggs and Shane Farrell report.

Eastern Australia Sept 18th - Dec 14th 2006

  • Whilst this 3 month trip was primarily intended as a birdwatching trip and we wanted to see as many of the birds as possible, we also wanted to walk, photograph and explore, and to experience the varied scenery and habitats which this part of Australia offers...Peter and Rosemary Royle report.

Australia, (Cairns/Daintree/Julatten/Cassowary House/Georgetown/Brisbane/Lamington/Blue Mountains/Capertee Valley/Sydney.) 8th Sept - 24th Oct 2006

  • We arrived in Cairns at 5.30 am on the 14th Sept. It is hard to describe the pleasure those first days gave us. The walk along the esplanade was full of birds both on the trees, grass and on the mud flats...Rod and Jeanie Atkins report.

Top End and Eastern Queensland May 4-24 2005

  • This was a private trip to enjoy the birds, mammals and scenery of the tropical north of Australia. We began in Brisbane where we saw the Mangrove Honeyeater immediately (for a change!), then picking up Collared Kingfisher and Mangrove Gerygone too...Phil Gregory reports.

North West Victoria, Regent Parrots and Pink Cockatoos 22-25 August

  • Our target birds were being very cooperative and soon we arrived at the famous Nowingi Track where we had confident expectations of finding Mallee Emu- Wren and Striated Grasswren . We headed into the spinifex listening out for high pitched calling...Mike Catsis reports.

Adelaide / Strzelecki / Sydney / Brisbane Australia areas: January 17 – February 2, 2004

  • Birding in Australia in summer has its advantages. The days are very long – dawn before 6AM, dusk after 8:30PM in the Adelaide area -  allowing time for travel between locations during the hot, mid-day birding doldrums....Gary and Marlene Babic report.

Brisbane and south-eastern Queensland 21/8-1/9/03

  • In some nearby eucalyptus trees, a pair of Tawny Frogmouth's were sleeping while Brown Cuckoo Doves were feeding on tobacco plants. On a walk around a preserved rainforest next to the lake I had my very first Red-browed Firetails feeding in a flock along with Double-barred Finches....Peter Ericsson reports (Photo: King Parrot - Peter Ericsson)

South East Australia Oct 2003

  • This would be Bruce and my 6th two-week birding trip to Australia, Our route of travel on this trip would be:Adelaide - Kangaroo Island - Flinders Ranges - Lyndhurst - Marree - Birdsville Track - Windorah - Quilpie - Sturt N.P. - Hattah Kulkyne N.P. - Portland area - Ngarkat Conservation Park - Gluepot Reserve - Adelaide...Tommy Pedersen reports (Big report with photos)

Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia 4th Dec 2002 to 3rd Mar 2003

  • The first month was spent around the south-east of Australia with the move north towards Queensland not taking place until early January.  Thereafter, the route took us north to Cairns, then west to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, south through Alice Springs/Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Adelaide and finally east back to Sydney....Stephen Mawby reports

Queensland, Autralia June- July 2002

  • Phil picked me up at the airport and detoured to a local pond, where I saw some waterfowl. I had never birded Australia before, and had 45 lifers in my 3 hours birding that afternoon....Dave Klauber reports

South East Australia (including Tasmania) 17 January – 2 February 2002

  • Today was a genuinely awesome day’s birding....  We started at 06:00 driving slowly through the centre of Deniliquin, getting good views of Straw-necked Ibises, Long-billed Corellas, Yellow Rosellas, Red-rumped Parrots and a perched Australian Hobby, before arriving at some tennis courts in the middle of town.  Here we enjoyed excellent views of a pair of Blue-faced Honeyeaters, Noisy Friarbirds, Red Wattlebird and an overhead Black Kite....Gruff Dodd reports

Australia, Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne 12 Nov - 2 Dec 2000

  • We arrived at 0430, and our wait for the desk to open for our Hertz hire car (booked in UK at 'special rates') was spent birdwatching outside the airport with coffee and sandwiches in the soft rain. There were parrots, sunbirds, friarbirds etc. everywhere. We had 8 lifers before we'd even left the airport....Dianne and David Lucas report.

South East Australia and New Caledonia 21 July and 22 August 1998.

  • Nick Preston and I had wanted to see Kagu on New Caledonia for many years.  The prospect of being able to do so became very much to the fore when, in New Zealand in August 1996, we met a French doctor and his girlfriend.  Although not birders, they had seen Kagu by the Grand Kaori tree at Riviere Bleu...   We planned a trip around Kagu, Plains Wanderer (another bird we had wanted to see for some time) and a good selection of SE Australian species..  Richard Fairbank reports.



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Field Guide to Australian Birds
Michael Morcombe: Buy from

  • A beautifully illustrated and brand new guide to 850 species of birds seen in Australia, Tasmania and Australia's Island Territories. There are lots of innovations, the contoured range maps that also indicate the likelihood of seeing a species are a great idea. Colour coded family groups make finding species in the book very easy. The large illustrated section on nests and eggs is unique in recent guides. The text is authoritative and thorough, I highly recommend this book.

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia 
Ken Simpson, Nic Day: Buy from or

  • Includes details on 770 species found in Australia. Colour illustrations are accompanied by distribution maps, descriptive drawings and useful field information. This edition has been expanded to provide new illustrations and information.

Field Guide: Birds of Australia 
Graham Pizzey, Frank Knight (Illustrator): Buy from or  

  • New and updated. A handbook of Australian birds containing information on 778 species of birds. Identification features are highlighted in the text and illustrations help birdwatchers distinguish similar species. Details of breeding and nesting habits, voice characteristics and habitats are also included.

Green Guide: Birds of Australia
Peter Rowland: Buy from or

  • There are over 700 species of birds in Australia, and this book provides an introduction to the major groups, with an emphasis on those that the amateur naturalist and nature-lover is most likely to see. The book is organized into six sections which cover birds of prey, waders and waterbirds, seabirds, songbirds, pigeons and parrots and other birds. Information is organized simply, with individual species or group entries describing key characteristics - where they are found, food requirements and behavioral habits.

Birdwatching in Australia and New Zealand
Ken Simpson, Zoe Wilson : Buy from or

  • This is a comprehensive introduction to birdwatching in Australia and New Zealand, linking bird observation to habitat with a special emphasis on conservation. The book covers a diverse range of subjects: where to find various birds; migration patterns; breeding habits; bird calls; equipment; how to combine bird watching with other hobbies; and birdwatching for the disabled. It lists popular spots to visit, where to buy tools, and birdwatching clubs. Colour photographs help with identification of various birds.

A Photographic Guide to Birds of Australia
Peter Rowland: Buy from

  • This photographic guide deals with the basics of bird identification in Australia by presenting those species that are most likely to be seen in accessible habitats throughout the region. The book is aimed directly at field identification. For those species that are sexually dimorphic, have both breeding and non-breeding plumages, or in which the juvenile plumage differs markedly from that of the adult, more than one photograph has been included. Thumbnail silhouettes aid the reader in quickly locating the correct group of birds, and for each species account a map shows the bird's distribution

Recommended Travel books for Australia:

Australia: Rough Guide  
Margo Daly: Buy from or  

  • Pratical and up-to-date, this guide includes comprehensive coverage of every town and city in Australia. Candid and critical reviews of the best places to eat, drink, and sleep are included and expert information is provided on exploring the great outdoors

Lonely Planet Australia (10th Ed)  
Hugh Finlay: Buy from or

  • "This guide was my bible throughout my visit to Australia. It was just never wrong, and helped me out of some nasty scrapes. Recommended reading for anyone travelling down under."

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