- 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.
- This was an overnight trip arranged with Simon Starr, to see the endemic Plains Wanderer...John Kirby reports.
- 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
- 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
- Just back from a trip to see my daughter in Melbourne Australia and have written a report of the trip...John Kirby reports.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
House/Georgetown/Brisbane/Lamington/Blue Mountains/Capertee Valley/Sydney.)
- 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
- 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.
West Victoria, Regent Parrots and Pink Cockatoos
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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.