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South-West Endemics Australian Birding Tour - 7 Days

South-West Endemics Australian Birding Tour
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South-West Endemics Australian Birding Tour

The South-west Endemics Australian birding tour aims to find all 15 endemic birds occurring in the scenic south-west corner of Western Australia in 7 days. These include many species of parrots and cockatoos as well as the notorious “skulkers”: Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Bristlebird and Western Whipbird.

This 7 day (7 night) fully accommodated tour begins and ends in Perth, WA (now with direct flights from London) and takes us from freshwater swamps and wetlands near Perth, to the nearby Darling Ranges, through the famous Dryandra Woodlands and across the beautiful Stirling Ranges until we eventually reach the sandy heathlands of the south coast, home to the three “skulkers”. Further west we travel through extensive karri (eucalypt) forests and visit the Cape Leeuwin area before we return to Perth via Penguin Island with its Fairy Penguins and Bridled Tern colony.

The South-west Endemics Australian birding tour is a small-group trip exploring a very pleasant area to be birding in with generally mild weather, good infrastructure, nice accommodation and beautiful scenery, yet a sense of adventure remains as we explore off-the-beaten track locations.

In the karri eucalypt forests, we’ll look for Western Rosella, White-breasted Robin, Red-capped Parrot, Western Whistler and Western Corella; while exploring the dry woodlands we should add Malleefowl, Shy Heathwren and Purple-gaped Honeyeater. Long-billed (Baudin’s) and Short-billed (Carnaby’s) Black Cockatoo, Rufous Treecreeper, Western Yellow Robin, Gilbert’s Honeyeater, Red-winged and Blue-breasted Fairy-wren await us on this trip. Coastal birding is not forgotten with foraging seabirds visible from a headland, including the chance of the odd Albatross, a visit to a Bridled Tern colony and Rock Parrot, Red-eared Firetail and Western Fieldwren; we expect to see up to 150 species including all 15 endemics.

Top 5 highlights:

  • Watch the magnificent Short-billed Black Cockatoo munch on Banksia cones in the vast heathlands of the south coast
  • Walk among the world's tallest trees in search of White-breasted Robin, Red-capped Parrot and Western Whistler
  • Observe the elusive Malleefowl working its nest-mound in an endless area of man-high eucalypt scrub
  • Visit Fairy Penguins and Bridled Tern colonies on an islet off of Perth
  • Explore a very pleasant area with generally mild weather, good infrastructure, nice accommodation and beautiful scenery, yet a sense of adventure remains as we explore off-the-beaten track locations

Interested in going to the centre of the Australian Outback for a different tour?  Why not consider the Red Centre Birding Tour Australia.

Alternative Tour Name: South-West Endemics Birding Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive in Perth and make your own way to our hotel (room and dinner included in tour price) for dinner and introductions. Overnight hotel in Perth (en-suite hotel room; meals included: D).

Day 2
Day 2 - Kings Park

An introductory walk around Kings Park, directly adjacent our rooms, before we visit some magnificent wetlands where we can see Blue-billed and Musk Duck along with many other waterbirds and several raptors. Further afield, the Wungong Gorge is a good spot for Western Australian endemic such as Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot and Red-winged Fairy-wren. The Dryandra Woodlands are our final destination today and we’ll look for Short-billed Black (Carnaby's) Cockatoo, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Western Thornbill, Elegant Parrot and Purplecrowned Lorikeet. This is also a good area to observe native animals such as Numbat, Brush-tailed Bettong and Echidna. Spotlighting for these and for Bush Stone-curlew and Tawny Frogmouth is an option for those keen to get out again in the evening. Overnight Narrogin (en-suite motel room; meals included: B, L, D).

Day 3
Day 3 - Dryandra woodlands

We will spend a large part of the day exploring the Dryandra woodlands, in addition to the species listed above we also expect to see the western race of Regent Parrot, which is quite different from the eastern sub-species; Western Gerygone, Rufous Treecreeper, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Painted Buttonquail, Western Yellow Robin, the western race of Varied Sittella and other good species. Later in day we drive to the beautiful Stirling Ranges. On the way we check a site for the recently-split Western Fieldwren, and may be lucky enough to come across our first Western Whipbird! Overnight Stirling Ranges retreat (en-suite cabin; meals included: B, L, D).

Day 4
Day 4 - Beautiful Stirling

This morning we explore the beautiful Stirling Ranges where we'll search for Malleefowl, Square-tailed Kite, Purple-gaped and Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters and Southern Scrub-robin. Late afternoon brings us to the South Coast ready for an early start tomorrow morning. We’ll head to Cheynes Beach to look for Brush Bronzewing and Western Wattlebird. We’ll have our first attempt at tracking down one or more of the three skulkers that inhabit this area: Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Bristle-bird and Western Whipbird. Overnight Cheynes Beach Caravan Park en-suite cabin; meals included: B, L, D).

Day 5
Day 5 - South coast for the notorious

We'll spend the entire day birding the south coast for the notorious and often elusive trio of Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Bristlebird and Western Whipbird. Noisy scrub-bird, one of our rarest and elusive species was only re-discovered in 1961. We should hear each of these species multiple times as we attempt to get views of them. This is a very scenic and photogenic landscape with moors, buttongrass plains, eucalypt-covered hills and rocky outcrops. Other possible species here are Brush Bronzewing, Southern Emu-wren, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Rock parrot, Stubble Quailand Red-eared Firetail. Overnight Cheynes Beach Caravan Park (en-suite cabin; meals included: B, L, D).

Day 6
Day 6 - Cheynes beach

A back-up morning for any species we may still need at Cheynes beach; then we pack up and head west towards the giant Karri forests around Pemberton and Manjimup. En-route, we'll stop to look at Lake Muir, a Ramsar listed wetland, where we'll find the geographically limited population of the Western Corella. In Pemberton itself we'll visit the tall Gloucester Tree, where we'll find Western Rosella, White-breasted Robin, Red-winged Fairy-wren and Common Bronzewing presenting good camera opportunities. Overnight Augusta Chalets (ensuite room in large cottages on the edge of the forest with scenic views; meals included: B, L, D).

Day 7
Day 6 - Karri forests

Our last full day and after picking up any species we still need in the Karri forests we bird around Augusta on Cape Leeuwin where species we hope to find birds including Hooded Plover, Rock Parrot and Brush Bronzewing. Seawatching off the headland may produce Yellow-nosed, Black-browed or Shy Albatross and Great-winged Petrel. Overnight Augusta Chalets (en-suite room in large cottages on the edge of the forest with scenic views; meals included: B, L, D).

Day 8
Day 7 - Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

Our final day and another visit to the headland again this morning and/or we may pull in at the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to pick up any other species we require. En-route to Perth we'll visit the harbour at Mandurah to check for terns and we'll finish the day with a visit to Penguin Island (with its Little Penguins and Bridled Tern colony) while checking for any missing birds on our list, to arrive back in Perth in the afternoon. You will be dropped off at a hotel of your choice in the city centre, or at the airport (not before 4pm) (Meals included: B, L).

Long-billed and Short-billed Black Cockatoo, White-breasted Robin, Western Bristlebird, Noisy Scrub-bird, Red-capped Parrot, Western Whipbird, Western Rosella, Western Corella, Western Yellow Robin, Rufous Treecreeper, Gilbert’s Honeyeater, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Red-eared Firetail, Western Whistler, Western Regent Parrot, Rock Parrot, Red-winged Fairy-wren , Hooded Plover, Bridled Tern

What is included?

  • All meals commencing with Dinner on Day 0 and finishing with Lunch on Day 7,
  • Morning tea/coffee, some snacks, some fruit, some drinks, unlimited drinking water refills.
  • Accommodation in private en-suite rooms, although on some nights only basic rooms with shared facilities are available.
  • Transport using a comfortable and reliable vehicle, expert guiding, any entry fees, taxes.

What is not included?

  • Insurance
  • Travel to & from departure and finish points
  • Pre- & post trip accommodation, any meals before the first dinner
  • Dinner on Day 7
  • Drinks except where provided
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
Wildlife Reviews
4.83 stars
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  1. Great trip
    Christine12 Nov 2015
    4.67
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    Really enjoyed the trip, the company and all the great birds we saw. I'll be back for more!
  2. Superb Tour
    Ian & Diana01 Dec 2017
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    Thank you both for a superb tour. Great birds, great views of all the skulkers, great group and beautiful countryside.

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Why book with Bellbird Birding Tours?

Bellbird Birding Tours has 20 years experience in providing top-quality small-group birding trips throughout Australia and beyond. We offer a wide selection of scheduled tours with regular departures and fully customisable privately guided tours of any duration. We specialise in difficult-to-find bird species and off-the-beaten track locations while not omitting the popular birding areas. We can adjust any scheduled itinerary into a private tour to suit your wish-list and we are also happy to design a custom guided birding tour from scratch for you. Our tours are led by our passionate and experienced professional bird guides and with the help of local experts.

What to bring?

Please travel light. Binoculars, camera, mobile phone, chargers, if you‟re an international guest, insect repellent, sunscreen, personal medications, sun hat, water bottle, hand sanitizer. Sturdy footwear recommended. Scopes, super-telephoto lenses with tripods, and heavy suitcases discouraged.

Clothing

Lightweight long pants, t-shirt and long-sleeved shirt, over the top of which you can wear lay-ers that can be taken off as necessary, including a warm jumper and a rain-proof jacket. Neat casual attire for dinners. Be prepared for some coldish mornings but gloriously sunny days.

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Tour Facts

  • Western Australia
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 3 to 8px
  • 7 Days
  • Nov to Dec
  • + 15 years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Perth Airport
  • Perth Airport