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Kangaroo Island Birding

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Kangaroo Island kangaroo
Although shorter than the large reds, this large chocolate brown stocky kangaroo is the heaviest kangaroo in existence. The black points (muzzle, paws, tail, ears) give it a distinctive look and the long absence from human hunting means they can be approached comparatively closely in comparison to mainland species. Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus
Tammar wallaby
Small, fast and active mainly at night, these wallabies are abundant on Kangaroo Island due to the absence of foxes and abundant retained habitat. Normally getting close to see this species in daylight is neigh impossible but at key locations where benign habituation has occurred good sightings are likely. Macropus eugenii decres
Short-beaked echidna
Another Kangaroo Island subspecies – the local echidnas come in 3 colours – redheads, blondes and brunettes. The subspecies refers to its’ incredibly spiny nature. As they are habitat, generalists evidence of them can be found right across the Island and viewings are a chance encounter – we average one every two days. Tachyglossus aculeatus multiaculeatus
Rosenberg’s goanna
Kangaroo Island is considered the conservation stronghold for these large colourful monitors where the retention of habitat means the termite mounds in which they nest are abundant. Their catholic diet means they can be found across most habitat types – encounters are more likely on warmer days from November through April. Varanus rosenbergii
Australian sea-lion
This sea-lion is restricted to the south and west coasts of Australia from Kangaroo Island to Perth environs. Although they can be found right around the Island the key is Seal Bay Conservation Park where they live year round and offers excellent viewing of a range of animals and behaviours. Neophoca cineria
Long-nosed fur-seal
Bouncing back from heavy hunting in the 1800s this species is widespread. Breeding annually from November through February a boardwalk and viewing deck at Cape du Couedic provide the best chance of photography and observation as they can be seen year-round at rest or feeding pups, often only metres away. Arctocephalus forsteri
Glossy-black cockatoo
This relict population, isolated through millennia-long climate change is an Island sub-species. Habitat loss (both feeding and nesting) and increased predation from possums lead to a low of 110 birds in 1990. Today there are 360+ and a strong community-supported recovery programme is having good results, enabling regular encounters. Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus
Cape Barren Goose
Being large, tasty and ground-nesting is not good – ask the dodo! Hunting reduced these beautiful dove grey geese with fluoro-yellow bills, black feet and pink legs to very low numbers. Their recovery has been strong and steady and observations are common in key habitats – particularly at nesting time in May – September. Cereopsis novaehollandiae
Koala
Being introduced to Kangaroo Island as a conservation measure, the koala now poses a management conundrum. Although declining elsewhere in Australia, the numbers on Kangaroo Island are such that population control measures were necessary and koalas are now surgically sterilised. Observations are highly likely in key habitats across the Island. Phascolarctos cinereus victor
Tate’s grass tree
Known locally as “yacka” this large spiny plant with a fire-blackened trunk is an endemic. In the early 20th century it was subject to destructive harvest for picric acid from a crystalline resin in the trunk. The photogenic plants are found across the Island and provide habitat for a myriad species. Xanthorrhoea semiplana tateana

Many of the Exceptional Kangaroo Island staff are involved in conservation organisations and participate in a variety of environmental programmes throughout the year. Often these events allow for participation by visitors who express an interest. Examples of the events are:

  1. Shorebird counts
  2. Little penguin counts or habitat protection works
  3. Glossy-black cockatoo survey
  4. Hooded dotterel census
  5. Planting festival
  6. Beach clean-ups
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