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Forest & Wetland Birding Trip - 1 Day

Forest & Wetland Birding Trip
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This is a one-day birding trip to see and learn about birds of Australian wetlands, grasslands, open forests and rainforests. Southeast Queensland harbours about 50% of Australia's bird species, being an area of overlap between tropical and temperate climates and a diversity of habitats, with many species reaching their southern or northern limits here and  a few confined to the Queensland-NSW border area, as well as migrating and nomadic species. The area harbours eight species of cockatoo, the world's only bird of paradise outside of the tropics, Australia's two largest eagle and its smallest raptor as well as just about everything in between, kookaburras, lyrebirds, bowerbirds, Australia's only stork, many honeyeaters, fair wrens and so much more.  Although we see a good variety of species on our tour, the emphasis is less on life-listing and more on watching the birds and learning about their behaviour, ecology and evolutionary relationships, and with plenty of opportunity for photography. In the rainforests we usually see bowerbirds (seasonally), scrub wrens, log runners, brush turkeys, whipbird, yellow "robins", Lewin's honeyeaters and various others, and if we're lucky also Albert's lyrebird, rose robin, catbird (often heard in spring/summer), wompoo fruit-doves, paradise rifle birds and others that make occasional appearances. Birds we often see in open forest include raptors, kookaburra, other kingfishers, pigeons, various honeyeaters, fairy-wrens, paradalotes, butcherbirds, finches, cuckoo shrikes and others, and sometimes.  Wetland  birds often seen include black swans, , various ducks, pelicans, cormorants, darter, spoonbills, herons, egrets, stilts and gallinules. In open grassy areas we also see grass birds, cisticolas, finches, lapwings, pipits, raptors and others. You can also assist in research on animal/plant mutualism by taking and sharing photos of birds at fruits and flowers, and helping your guide find where fruit-eating birds are (and thus likely to drop seeds) when not eating fruits.

Day 1
Full Day Trip - Birdwatching in wetlands and forests

Leave Brisbane at a time nominated by whoever is first to book for that particular day (anywhere between 5.00am and 9.00am). The first stop is usually Eagleby Wetlands (unless there is a flight or cruise to get back to in the afternoon, in which case the order of locations is reversed to avoid the possibility of being stranded by traffic jams, roadworks etc.). An hour or two is spent seeking birds of lagoons, grasslands and open forest. After morning tea the tour continues to Lamington National Park (usually via O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, sometimes Binna Burra) for a short rainforest walk and lunch followed by further walks in the rainforest seeking birds before heading back to Brisbane with a couple of brief stops along the way, including a fruit bat colony.

Our main focus here is birds of rainforests, eucalyptus forests, grasslands and wetlands. We also often see wallabies and sometimes kangaroos, and stop at a colony of fruit bats

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  1. Great tour
    Julius Simonelli09 Nov 2018
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    We had a great tour with Ronda and her son. They were very knowledgeable and we saw all of the key species I wanted to see.

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What should I wear?

Shoes that are non -slip (you don't need hiking boots - sneakers or even sandals are fine, as long as not likely to slip on wet ground) Raincoat (weather can be unpredictable) Sunhat (ditto) Warm jacket in winter (the higher elevation of Lamington NP makes it several degrees cooler than Brisbane) Green, brown or dull clothes are less likely to startle birds than bright colours

What should I bring?

Bring your own binoculars if at all possible. There are small ones available if you don't have any, but the tour no longer provides high-quality ones as there has been so much damage to these, even by experienced birders Camera - a simple camera is fine for many of the birds in Lamington NP, as they often approach quite closely, but you will need telephoto or something with zoom for most of the waterbirds

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This tour is operated by: Araucaria Ecotours

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Tour Facts

  • Eagleby Wetlands and Lamington National Park (usually pick up from and return to Brisbane)
  • Available Daily
  • Full Day Trip
  • Birds
  • 1 ($50 single supplement) to 10
  • 8 - 10 hours
  • February to April, September to November
  • None, but first to book for the day can request a "no-children" tour
  • Leisurely
  • Yes
  • English (and some limited Spanish, French, Mandarin)
  • Brisbane Airport
  • Brisbane Airport