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Simpsons Gap, well captured in early morning light by Cliff Hensel.
We started off the tour in Sydney with a visit to Centennial Park, where we were fortunate to meet up with Steve Howard, who took us to several of his favorite birding sites and got us onto a Powerful Owl which would have otherwise been impossible to find. Several of us also enjoyed feeding figs to a Common Brushtail Possum roosting in the area. We then headed over to the Sydney Botanical Garden for another Powerful Owl and a nice view of the Sydney harbour.
The next morning, we headed over to Royal National Park and had a great morning walking along the Lady Carrington Drive. Lots of wonderful birds, with Superb Lyrebird being the most memorable. After a cafe lunch, we tracked down a wonderful pair of Rockwarblers.
After our flight to Melbourne, we headed to the Western Treatment Plant for a tour with Paul. We had a great tour of Werribee, with some good shorebird action and a nice mix of ducks and waterbirds. From there we made our way back to St. Kilda, and an evening visit to the harbor to watch Little Penguins come ashore.
The following morning we made a brief stop at the Serendip Sanctuary to see the Cape Barren Geese before heading on to Pt. Addis on the Great Ocean Road, where we had fantastic views of a Rufous Bristlebird family. A couple stops in Anglesea got us Striated Fieldwren, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, as well as a big flight of Black-faced Cuckooshrikes. Point Roadknight was great, with a handsome pair of Hooded Plovers. Then it was on to Apollo Bay for the night of festivities.
The next morning, we headed to Kennett River for some Koala sightings before heading north through the Great Otway National Park and a stop at Lake Purremete before heading on to Hall’s Gap. We did a short after dinner owling, which turned up a nice Southern Boobook.
The next morning we birded Hall’s Gap early for Gang-gang Cockatoo before breakfast. We then headed over to the west side of the Grampians where we spent some time at Asses Ears Road, finding a variety of drier woodland species, including Speckled Warbler, Buff-rumped Thornbill, and a Black-eared Cuckoo. Jess and Willy took us to their patch in Wartook Forest where we had some great honeyeaters, Blue-winged Parrots, and Diamond Firetails. We were then off to lunch in Horsham, followed by a visit to Lake Natimuk, which had a variety of birds including two Freckled Ducks and thousands of Black-tailed Native-hens. We said goodbye to Jess and Willy and headed to Mt. Arapiles, which was a bit slow in the afternoon, but got us our first White-browed Babblers.
The next day was spent birding around Little Desert and the malleefowl block. Graeme took us out and showed us two wonderful Malleefowl, pointing out how we were the first group that the male actually felt comfortable enough with to stick around. We also connected with Shy Heathwren, Southern Scrub-Robin, and Purple-gaped Honeyeaters here. In the afternoon we managed to track down Slender-billed Thornbill and Rufous Fieldwren.
The next morning we were off to Wyperfeld National Park with stops for Bluebonnet and Spotted Harrier. It was a decent morning in the park, with killer views of Chestnut Quail-thrush, and the barbie put on by our driver Alan. Then it was off to Ouyen in the afternoon.
Hattah-Kulkyne was productive, with as many as nine Mallee Emuwrens and a Striated Grasswren. Other highlights include amazing Major Mitchell's and Striped, White-fronted, and Black honeyeaters. After another tasty barbie, it was off for the long drive to Adelaide.
We had a good morning birding a few spots in Adelaide, where we connected with Banded Stilt, White-winged Fairywren, and Black-faced Cormorants. In the afternoon we had some time off to walk around town or catch up on sleep, laundry, etc.
An early flight to Alice Springs started our next day. After meeting Harry, we headed out to the Olive Pink Botanic Garden to observe the Western Bowerbirds there. After lunch, we headed over to the Telegraph Station where we saw a few nice birds, including wonderful Red-backed Kingfisher and Red-browed Pardalote.
Up early the next day to Simpsons Gap and Cassia Hill. It was super quiet at Cassia Hill and a bit better at the Gap. Red Kangaroos (unusual there) and Black-footed Rock-Wallabies were a couple of non-avian treats. We then headed west toward Ormiston Gorge, making a few brief stops along the way. The gorge was great for Spinifex Pigeon and a mind-blowing Perentie! Then it was off to lunch at Glen Helen. A few good birds were around, including our only Little Woodswallows.
Then, we were off early down the Santa Teresa Road with some nice finds. Highlights included some nice Budgies, Banded Whiteface, Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Dusky Grasswren, Spinifexbird, and Mulga Parrot. We were back in town to meet Mark Carter for a visit to the sewage ponds. A nice mix of birds including Australian Spotted Crakes and a pair of Crimson Chats.
We had a final partial morning in Alice Springs where we were able to add White-browed Treecreeper, Gray Honeyeater, and Slaty-backed Thornbill before heading to the airport for our flight to Perth. Arriving in Perth, we met up with Dianne and headed south to Gleneagle Rest Area, where we scored a variety of western specialties.
The next day was spent in the wonderful wandoo woodlands of Dryandra, a magical spot with so much to offer. We took in the Western Gray Kangaroos that were plentiful and relished a Short-beaked Echidna. The birding was grand, too, with a nice mix of western specialties. We then headed south with a stop in Wagin for White-cheeked Honeyeaters, as well as a mix of other non-avian critters. Then it was on to Albany for the night.
We got an early start with stormy weather looming. We made it to Cheyne(s) Beach in time to track down some of the specialties before the rains came. Our views of Noisy Scrub-bird were incredible! The Western Bristlebird and Whipbird were not too bad, either. Eventually, the weather drove us out and we headed back to Albany. We did make a stop at the Kalgan River, where we picked up a few shorebirds and got great looks at Red-capped Parrots and Western Rosellas.
A pre-breakfast outing to Lake Seppings got us a Red-eared Firetail and a few ducks. After breakfast, we headed west along the Muir Highway to Rocky Gully. Parrots featured big today, with Baudin’s and Red-tailed black-cockatoos, and Western Corellas among the highlights. We watched Jesse climb the Diamond Tree in record time. We then headed out to Hamelin Bay to try for Rock Parrots but the winds were just too intense. We did see Southern Emuwren and Splendid Fairywren. Then off to Margaret River for the night.
Back out to Cape Leeuwin, where we were invited in to look for parrots. No luck, but scenic and we enjoyed hot beverages before heading to Hamelin Bay for a second go at parrots. Winds were still howling, so we decided to head to Busselton for lunch and a search for parrots there. No parrots, but a nice Pacific Gull and close-up terns. Then it was off to Perth for our final dinner and checklist.
Thanks to all of you for coming along and making the tour special. We hope your travels are safe and enriching. Good birding all! — Chris & Jesse
KEYS FOR THIS LIST
One of the following keys may be shown in brackets for individual species as appropriate: * = heard only, I = introduced, E = endemic, N = nesting, a = austral migrant, b = boreal migrant
What better place to see our first Laughing Kookaburra than atop a cannon at Centennial Park? Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.
Casuariidae (Cassowaries and Emu)
EMU (Dromaius novaehollandiae) [E]
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
CAPE BARREN GOOSE (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) [E]
FRECKLED DUCK (Stictonetta naevosa) [E]
BLACK SWAN (Cygnus atratus) [E]
AUSTRALIAN SHELDUCK (Tadorna tadornoides)
MANED DUCK (Chenonetta jubata) [E]
PACIFIC BLACK DUCK (Anas superciliosa)
AUSTRALIAN SHOVELER (Anas rhynchotis)
GRAY TEAL (Anas gracilis)
A Tawny Frogmouth does its best to blend in. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
CHESTNUT TEAL (Anas castanea) [E]
PINK-EARED DUCK (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) [E]
WHITE-EYED DUCK (Aythya australis)
BLUE-BILLED DUCK (Oxyura australis) [E]
MUSK DUCK (Biziura lobata) [E]
MALLEEFOWL (Leipoa ocellata) [E]
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
STUBBLE QUAIL (Coturnix pectoralis) [E*]
AUSTRALASIAN GREBE (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)
One of the Little Penguins living among the breakwater rocks at St. Kilda Harbour in Melbourne. Photo by participant Randy Siebert.
HOARY-HEADED GREBE (Poliocephalus poliocephalus) [E]
GREAT CRESTED GREBE (Podiceps cristatus)
LITTLE PENGUIN (Eudyptula minor)
YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS (Thalassarche chlororhynchos)
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS (Thalassarche melanophris)
Procellariidae (Shearwaters and Petrels)
GREAT-WINGED PETREL (Pterodroma macroptera)
FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER (Ardenna carneipes)
SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER (Ardenna tenuirostris)
Sulidae (Boobies and Gannets)
AUSTRALASIAN GANNET (Morus serrator)
The wonderful Powerful Owl hanging out at the Botanic Garden in Sydney. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
LITTLE PIED CORMORANT (Microcarbo melanoleucos)
GREAT CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax carbo)
LITTLE BLACK CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)
PIED CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax varius)
BLACK-FACED CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax fuscescens) [E]
AUSTRALASIAN DARTER (Anhinga novaehollandiae)
AUSTRALIAN PELICAN (Pelecanus conspicillatus)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
PACIFIC HERON (Ardea pacifica)
GREAT EGRET (AUSTRALASIAN) (Ardea alba modesta)
After some searching, we connected with this Rockwarbler in Sydney. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
INTERMEDIATE EGRET (PLUMED) (Mesophoyx intermedia plumifera)
WHITE-FACED HERON (Egretta novaehollandiae)
LITTLE EGRET (Egretta garzetta)
CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)
RUFOUS NIGHT-HERON (Nycticorax caledonicus)
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
GLOSSY IBIS (Plegadis falcinellus)
AUSTRALIAN IBIS (Threskiornis moluccus) [E]
STRAW-NECKED IBIS (Threskiornis spinicollis) [E]
ROYAL SPOONBILL (Platalea regia)
One of the amazing Superb Lyrebirds in Royal National Park. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.
YELLOW-BILLED SPOONBILL (Platalea flavipes) [E]
OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
AUSTRALIAN KITE (Elanus axillaris) [E]
LITTLE EAGLE (Hieraaetus morphnoides)
WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE (Aquila audax)
SWAMP HARRIER (Circus approximans)
SPOTTED HARRIER (Circus assimilis) [E]
COLLARED SPARROWHAWK (Accipiter cirrocephalus)
BLACK KITE (Milvus migrans)
A Rufous Bristlebird pauses momentarily as it darts from cover to cover. Photo by participant Cliff Hensel.
WHISTLING KITE (Haliastur sphenurus)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
AUSTRALIAN CRAKE (Porzana fluminea) [E]
SPOTLESS CRAKE (Zapornia tabuensis)
AUSTRALASIAN SWAMPHEN (Porphyrio melanotus)
DUSKY MOORHEN (Gallinula tenebrosa)
BLACK-TAILED NATIVE-HEN (Tribonyx ventralis) [E]
EURASIAN COOT (Fulica atra)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
PIED STILT (Himantopus leucocephalus)
BANDED STILT (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) [E]
We had great looks at this Striated Fieldwren at Anglesea. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.
RED-NECKED AVOCET (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) [E]
PIED OYSTERCATCHER (Haematopus longirostris) [E]
SOOTY OYSTERCATCHER (Haematopus fuliginosus) [E]
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (Pluvialis squatarola)
BANDED LAPWING (Vanellus tricolor) [E]
MASKED LAPWING (Vanellus miles)
RED-CAPPED PLOVER (Charadrius ruficapillus) [E]
RED-KNEED DOTTEREL (Erythrogonys cinctus)
One of Australia's most charismatic birds, Willie-wagtail. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
HOODED PLOVER (Thinornis cucullatus) [E]
BLACK-FRONTED DOTTEREL (Elseyornis melanops)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (Calidris acuminata)
CURLEW SANDPIPER (Calidris ferruginea)
RED-NECKED STINT (Calidris ruficollis)
SANDERLING (Calidris alba)
LATHAM'S SNIPE (Gallinago hardwickii)
COMMON SANDPIPER (Actitis hypoleucos)
COMMON GREENSHANK (Tringa nebularia)
MARSH SANDPIPER (Tringa stagnatilis)
Superb Fairywrens truly are. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
WOOD SANDPIPER (Tringa glareola)
PAINTED BUTTONQUAIL (Turnix varius) [E]
LITTLE BUTTONQUAIL (Turnix velox) [E]
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
SILVER GULL (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae)
PACIFIC GULL (Larus pacificus) [E]
LITTLE TERN (Sternula albifrons placens)
CASPIAN TERN (Hydroprogne caspia)
WHISKERED TERN (Chlidonias hybrida)
GREAT CRESTED TERN (Thalasseus bergii)
The Shy Heathwren, also known fittingly as the Mallee Heathwren. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]
SPOTTED DOVE (Streptopelia chinensis) [I]
LAUGHING DOVE (Streptopelia senegalensis) [I]
BROWN CUCKOO-DOVE (Macropygia phasianella) [*]
COMMON BRONZEWING (Phaps chalcoptera) [E]
BRUSH BRONZEWING (Phaps elegans) [E]
CRESTED PIGEON (Ocyphaps lophotes)
SPINIFEX PIGEON (Geophaps plumifera) [E]
WONGA PIGEON (Leucosarcia melanoleuca) [E*]
Little Grassbirds can be difficult to photograph, but this one was posing nicely. Photo by participant Randy Siebert.
PEACEFUL DOVE (Geopelia placida)
TOPKNOT PIGEON (Lopholaimus antarcticus) [E]
PACIFIC KOEL (AUSTRALIAN) (Eudynamys orientalis cyanocephalus) [*]
CHANNEL-BILLED CUCKOO (Scythrops novaehollandiae)
HORSFIELD'S BRONZE-CUCKOO (Chrysococcyx basalis) [E]
BLACK-EARED CUCKOO (Chrysococcyx osculans) [E]
SHINING BRONZE-CUCKOO (Chrysococcyx lucidus)
PALLID CUCKOO (Cacomantis pallidus) [E]
FAN-TAILED CUCKOO (Cacomantis flabelliformis)
We lucked into this Black-eared Cuckoo at Wartook State Forest. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
BRUSH CUCKOO (Cacomantis variolosus)
POWERFUL OWL (Ninox strenua) [E]
SOUTHERN BOOBOOK (Ninox novaeseelandiae)
TAWNY FROGMOUTH (Podargus strigoides)
AZURE KINGFISHER (Ceyx azureus)
LAUGHING KOOKABURRA (Dacelo novaeguineae) [E]
RED-BACKED KINGFISHER (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius) [E]
SACRED KINGFISHER (Todiramphus sanctus)
A wonderful shot of this Southern Boobook near our hotel in the Grampians. Photo by participant Cliff Hensel.
RAINBOW BEE-EATER (Merops ornatus)
DOLLARBIRD (Eurystomus orientalis)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
AUSTRALIAN KESTREL (Falco cenchroides)
AUSTRALIAN HOBBY (Falco longipennis) [E]
BROWN FALCON (Falco berigora)
PEREGRINE FALCON (Falco peregrinus)
RED-TAILED BLACK-COCKATOO (Calyptorhynchus banksii) [E]
YELLOW-TAILED BLACK-COCKATOO (Calyptorhynchus funereus) [E]
CARNABY'S BLACK-COCKATOO (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) [E]
One of the finest of Australia's parrots, the Gang-gang Cockatoo. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
BAUDIN'S BLACK-COCKATOO (Calyptorhynchus baudinii) [E]
GANG-GANG COCKATOO (Callocephalon fimbriatum) [E]
PINK COCKATOO (Lophochroa leadbeateri) [E]
GALAH (Eolophus roseicapilla) [E]
LONG-BILLED CORELLA (Cacatua tenuirostris) [E]
WESTERN CORELLA (Cacatua pastinator) [E]
LITTLE CORELLA (Cacatua sanguinea)
SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO (Cacatua galerita)
Psittaculidae (Old World Parrots)
REGENT PARROT (Polytelis anthopeplus) [E]
The Pink Cockatoo or Major Mitchell, is quite a striking bird as well. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
AUSTRALIAN KING-PARROT (Alisterus scapularis) [E]
BLUE-WINGED PARROT (Neophema chrysostoma) [E]
ELEGANT PARROT (Neophema elegans) [E]
AUSTRALIAN RINGNECK (Barnardius zonarius) [E]
AUSTRALIAN RINGNECK (MALLEE) (Barnardius zonarius barnardi) [E]
CRIMSON ROSELLA (CRIMSON) (Platycercus elegans elegans) [E]
CRIMSON ROSELLA (YELLOW) (Platycercus elegans flaveolus) [E]
CRIMSON ROSELLA (ADELAIDE) (Platycercus elegans adelaidae) [E]
EASTERN ROSELLA (Platycercus eximius) [E]
The White-browed Woodswallow is one of the more striking members of this genus. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.
WESTERN ROSELLA (Platycercus icterotis) [E]
GREATER BLUEBONNET (YELLOW-VENTED) (Northiella haematogaster haematogaster)
RED-RUMPED PARROT (Psephotus haematonotus) [E]
MULGA PARROT (Psephotus varius) [E]
RED-CAPPED PARROT (Purpureicephalus spurius) [E]
BUDGERIGAR (Melopsittacus undulatus) [E]
MUSK LORIKEET (Glossopsitta concinna) [E]
PURPLE-CROWNED LORIKEET (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala) [E*]
RAINBOW LORIKEET (Trichoglossus haematodus)
We enjoyed a wonderful Chestnut Quail-thrush at Wyperfeld. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
SUPERB LYREBIRD (Menura novaehollandiae) [E]
NOISY SCRUB-BIRD (Atrichornis clamosus) [E]
GREEN CATBIRD (Ailuroedus crassirostris) [E]
SATIN BOWERBIRD (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) [E]
WESTERN BOWERBIRD (Chlamydera guttata) [E]
Climacteridae (Australasian Treecreepers)
WHITE-THROATED TREECREEPER (Cormobates leucophaea) [E]
WHITE-BROWED TREECREEPER (Climacteris affinis) [E]
BROWN TREECREEPER (Climacteris picumnus) [E]
RUFOUS TREECREEPER (Climacteris rufus) [E]
We had amazing luck with the rare Mallee Emuwren this year! Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
STRIATED GRASSWREN (Amytornis striatus) [E]
DUSKY GRASSWREN (Amytornis purnelli) [E]
SOUTHERN EMUWREN (Stipiturus malachurus) [E]
MALLEE EMUWREN (Stipiturus mallee) [E]
RED-WINGED FAIRYWREN (Malurus elegans) [E]
BLUE-BREASTED FAIRYWREN (Malurus pulcherrimus) [E]
VARIEGATED FAIRYWREN (PURPLE-BACKED) (Malurus lamberti assimilis)
SPLENDID FAIRYWREN (Malurus splendens) [E]
SUPERB FAIRYWREN (Malurus cyaneus) [E]
This Apostlebird was clearly used to visiting picnickers at Hattah-Kulkyne. Photo by participant Randy Siebert.
WHITE-WINGED FAIRYWREN (Malurus leucopterus) [E]
EASTERN SPINEBILL (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) [E]
WESTERN SPINEBILL (Acanthorhynchus superciliosus) [E]
LEWIN'S HONEYEATER (Meliphaga lewinii) [E]
WHITE-FRONTED HONEYEATER (Purnella albifrons) [E]
YELLOW-FACED HONEYEATER (Caligavis chrysops) [E]
YELLOW-TUFTED HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus melanops) [E]
PURPLE-GAPED HONEYEATER (Lichenostomus cratitius) [E]
NOISY MINER (Manorina melanocephala) [E]
Australia has some wonderful robins, including this Red-capped Robin. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
YELLOW-THROATED MINER (Manorina flavigula) [E]
SPINY-CHEEKED HONEYEATER (Acanthagenys rufogularis) [E]
LITTLE WATTLEBIRD (Anthochaera chrysoptera) [E]
WESTERN WATTLEBIRD (Anthochaera lunulata) [E]
RED WATTLEBIRD (Anthochaera carunculata) [E]
SINGING HONEYEATER (Gavicalis virescens) [E]
YELLOW-PLUMED HONEYEATER (Ptilotula ornata) [E]
WHITE-PLUMED HONEYEATER (Ptilotula penicillata) [E]
FUSCOUS HONEYEATER (Ptilotula fusca) [E]
Jesse tracked down this mostly silent Spinifexbird at home in its porcupine grass habitat. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
GRAY-HEADED HONEYEATER (Ptilotula keartlandi) [E]
GRAY HONEYEATER (Conopophila whitei) [E]
CRIMSON CHAT (Epthianura tricolor) [E]
WHITE-FRONTED CHAT (Epthianura albifrons) [E]
BLACK HONEYEATER (Sugomel nigrum) [E]
SCARLET MYZOMELA (Myzomela sanguinolenta)
TAWNY-CROWNED HONEYEATER (Gliciphila melanops) [E]
BROWN HONEYEATER (Lichmera indistincta) [E]
NEW HOLLAND HONEYEATER (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) [E]
One of the cooperative Spinifex Pigeons enjoyed at Ormiston Gorge. Photo by participant Randy Siebert.
WHITE-CHEEKED HONEYEATER (Phylidonyris niger) [E]
WHITE-EARED HONEYEATER (Nesoptilotis leucotis) [E]
GILBERT'S HONEYEATER (Melithreptus chloropsis) [E]
WHITE-NAPED HONEYEATER (Melithreptus lunatus) [E]
BROWN-HEADED HONEYEATER (Melithreptus brevirostris) [E]
BLACK-CHINNED HONEYEATER (Melithreptus gularis) [E]
STRIPED HONEYEATER (Plectorhyncha lanceolata) [E]
LITTLE FRIARBIRD (Philemon citreogularis)
NOISY FRIARBIRD (Philemon corniculatus)
Thanks to a tip from Mark Carter, we had great views of a White-browed Woodcreeper. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
WESTERN BRISTLEBIRD (Dasyornis longirostris) [E]
RUFOUS BRISTLEBIRD (Dasyornis broadbenti) [E]
SPOTTED PARDALOTE (Pardalotus punctatus) [E]
SPOTTED PARDALOTE (YELLOW-RUMPED) (Pardalotus punctatus xanthopyge) [E]
RED-BROWED PARDALOTE (Pardalotus rubricatus) [E]
STRIATED PARDALOTE (Pardalotus striatus) [E]
Acanthizidae (Thornbills and Allies)
ROCKWARBLER (Origma solitaria) [E]
WHITE-BROWED SCRUBWREN (Sericornis frontalis) [E]
SPECKLED WARBLER (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus) [E]
This Red-browed Pardalote is showing off its tiny red brow to good effect. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
RUFOUS FIELDWREN (Calamanthus campestris) [E]
STRIATED FIELDWREN (Calamanthus fuliginosus) [E]
CHESTNUT-RUMPED HEATHWREN (Hylacola pyrrhopygia) [E]
SHY HEATHWREN (Hylacola cauta) [E]
BUFF-RUMPED THORNBILL (Acanthiza reguloides) [E]
WESTERN THORNBILL (Acanthiza inornata) [E]
SLENDER-BILLED THORNBILL (Acanthiza iredalei) [E]
BROWN THORNBILL (Acanthiza pusilla) [E]
INLAND THORNBILL (Acanthiza apicalis) [E]
A spectacular shot of a Rufous Treecreeper from Dryandra. Photo by participant Randy Siebert.
YELLOW-RUMPED THORNBILL (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) [E]
CHESTNUT-RUMPED THORNBILL (Acanthiza uropygialis) [E]
SLATY-BACKED THORNBILL (Acanthiza robustirostris) [E]
YELLOW THORNBILL (Acanthiza nana) [E]
STRIATED THORNBILL (Acanthiza lineata) [E]
WEEBILL (Smicrornis brevirostris) [E]
BROWN GERYGONE (Gerygone mouki) [E]
WESTERN GERYGONE (Gerygone fusca) [E]
SOUTHERN WHITEFACE (Aphelocephala leucopsis) [E]
Jesse Fagan captured this western form of Crested Shrike-tit in the Dryandra Woodland.
BANDED WHITEFACE (Aphelocephala nigricincta) [E]
GRAY-CROWNED BABBLER (Pomatostomus temporalis) [E]
WHITE-BROWED BABBLER (Pomatostomus superciliosus) [E]
Psophodidae (Whipbirds and Wedgebills)
EASTERN WHIPBIRD (Psophodes olivaceus) [E]
WESTERN WHIPBIRD (Psophodes nigrogularis) [E]
Cinclosomatidae (Quail-thrushes and Jewel-babblers)
CHESTNUT QUAIL-THRUSH (Cinclosoma castanotum) [E]
CINNAMON QUAIL-THRUSH (Cinclosoma cinnamomeum) [E]
WHITE-BREASTED WOODSWALLOW (Artamus leucorynchus)
MASKED WOODSWALLOW (Artamus personatus) [E]
What a relief to track down this scarce Red-eared Firetail near Albany. Photo by participant Cliff Hensel.
WHITE-BROWED WOODSWALLOW (Artamus superciliosus) [E]
BLACK-FACED WOODSWALLOW (Artamus cinereus) [E]
DUSKY WOODSWALLOW (Artamus cyanopterus) [E]
LITTLE WOODSWALLOW (Artamus minor) [E]
Cracticidae (Bellmagpies and Allies)
GRAY BUTCHERBIRD (Cracticus torquatus) [E]
PIED BUTCHERBIRD (Cracticus nigrogularis) [E]
AUSTRALIAN MAGPIE (Gymnorhina tibicen)
PIED CURRAWONG (Strepera graculina) [E]
GRAY CURRAWONG (Strepera versicolor) [E]
A Western Bristlebird singing its heart out. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
BLACK-FACED CUCKOOSHRIKE (Coracina novaehollandiae)
WHITE-WINGED TRILLER (Lalage tricolor)
COMMON CICADABIRD (Edolisoma tenuirostre) [*]
VARIED SITTELLA (Daphoenositta chrysoptera) [E]
CRESTED SHRIKE-TIT (EASTERN) (Falcunculus frontatus frontatus) [E]
CRESTED SHRIKE-TIT (WESTERN) (Falcunculus frontatus leucogaster) [E]
Pachycephalidae (Whistlers and Allies)
GRAY SHRIKETHRUSH (Colluricincla harmonica)
OLIVE WHISTLER (Pachycephala olivacea) [E]
GILBERT'S WHISTLER (Pachycephala inornata) [E]
The recently split Western Whistler showing its mostly grayish tail. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
GOLDEN WHISTLER (Pachycephala pectoralis)
WESTERN WHISTLER (Pachycephala occidentalis) [E]
RUFOUS WHISTLER (Pachycephala rufiventris)
Oreoicidae (Australo-Papuan Bellbirds)
CRESTED BELLBIRD (Oreoica gutturalis) [E]
Oriolidae (Old World Orioles)
OLIVE-BACKED ORIOLE (Oriolus sagittatus)
WILLIE-WAGTAIL (Rhipidura leucophrys)
GRAY FANTAIL (Rhipidura albiscapa)
Monarchidae (Monarch Flycatchers)
BLACK-FACED MONARCH (Monarcha melanopsis) [E]
MAGPIE-LARK (Grallina cyanoleuca)
We had an amazing look at a Short-beaked Echidna at Dryandra. Photo by guide Jesse Fagan.
LEADEN FLYCATCHER (Myiagra rubecula)
RESTLESS FLYCATCHER (Myiagra inquieta) [E]
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
TORRESIAN CROW (Corvus orru)
LITTLE CROW (Corvus bennetti) [E]
AUSTRALIAN RAVEN (Corvus coronoides) [E]
LITTLE RAVEN (Corvus mellori) [E]
FOREST RAVEN (Corvus tasmanicus) [E]
Corcoracidae (White-winged Chough and Apostlebird)
WHITE-WINGED CHOUGH (Corcorax melanorhamphos) [E]
APOSTLEBIRD (Struthidea cinerea) [E]
A most cooperative Koala seen near the Koala Cafe in Kennett River. Photo by participant Randy Siebert.
Petroicidae (Australasian Robins)
JACKY-WINTER (Microeca fascinans)
SCARLET ROBIN (Petroica boodang) [E]
RED-CAPPED ROBIN (Petroica goodenovii) [E]
ROSE ROBIN (Petroica rosea) [E]
HOODED ROBIN (Melanodryas cucullata) [E]
EASTERN YELLOW ROBIN (Eopsaltria australis) [E]
WESTERN YELLOW ROBIN (Eopsaltria griseogularis) [E]
WHITE-BREASTED ROBIN (Eopsaltria georgiana) [E]
The reptile highlight of the tour was seeing this amazing Perentie at Ormiston Gorge. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
SOUTHERN SCRUB-ROBIN (Drymodes brunneopygia) [E]
EURASIAN SKYLARK (Alauda arvensis) [I]
WELCOME SWALLOW (Hirundo neoxena)
FAIRY MARTIN (Petrochelidon ariel) [E]
TREE MARTIN (Petrochelidon nigricans)
WHITE-BACKED SWALLOW (Cheramoeca leucosterna) [E]
Acrocephalidae (Reed-Warblers and Allies)
AUSTRALIAN REED-WARBLER (Acrocephalus australis)
Locustellidae (Grassbirds and Allies)
SPINIFEX-BIRD (Megalurus carteri) [E]
This Water Dragon was hanging out at Royal National Park. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
LITTLE GRASSBIRD (Megalurus gramineus)
BROWN SONGLARK (Megalurus cruralis) [E]
RUFOUS SONGLARK (Megalurus mathewsi) [E]
Cisticolidae (Cisticolas and Allies)
GOLDEN-HEADED CISTICOLA (Cisticola exilis)
Zosteropidae (White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies)
SILVER-EYE (Zosterops lateralis)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
EURASIAN BLACKBIRD (Turdus merula) [I]
EUROPEAN STARLING (Sturnus vulgaris) [I]
COMMON MYNA (Acridotheres tristis) [I]
This Long-nosed Dragon munches down on a water-scorpion it had snatched from right beneath me. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
MISTLETOEBIRD (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
AUSTRALASIAN PIPIT (AUSTRALIAN) (Anthus novaeseelandiae australis)
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
EUROPEAN GREENFINCH (Chloris chloris) [I]
EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH (Carduelis carduelis) [I]
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus) [I]
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW (Passer montanus) [I]
Estrildidae (Waxbills and Allies)
RED-EARED FIRETAIL (Stagonopleura oculata) [E]
DIAMOND FIRETAIL (Stagonopleura guttata) [E]
RED-BROWED FIRETAIL (Neochmia temporalis) [E]
We saw a few colorful butterflies, including this Black Jezebel. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
ZEBRA FINCH (AUSTRALIAN) (Taeniopygia guttata castanotis)
SHORT-BEAKED ECHIDNA (Tachyglossus aculeatus) [E]
SOUTHERN BROWN BANDICOOT (Isoodon obesulus) [E]
KOALA (Phascolarctos cinereus) [E]
COMMON BRUSHTAIL POSSUM (Trichosurus vulpecula) [E]
COMMON RINGTAIL POSSUM (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) [E]
BLACK-FOOTED ROCK-WALLABY (Petrogale lateralis) [E]
EASTERN GRAY KANGAROO (Macropus giganteus) [E]
We also had several dragonflies and damselflies, such as this Common Flatwing. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
WESTERN GRAY KANGAROO (Macropus fuliginosus) [E]
COMMON WALLAROO (Macropus robustus) [E]
RED KANGAROO (Macropus rufus) [E]
SWAMP WALLABY (Wallabia bicolor) [E]
GRAY-HEADED FLYING-FOX (Pteropus poliocephalus) [E]
OLD WORLD RABBIT (Oryctolagus cuniculus) [I]
CAPE HARE (Lepus capensis) [I]
WATER-RAT (Hydromys chrysogaster) [E]
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN (Tursiops truncatus)
We also took a moment to enjoy these amazing Bull Ants. These ants have amazing vision and can follow ones movements. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.
RED FOX (Vulpes vulpes) [I]
Lace Monitor (Varanus varius)
Perentie (Varanus giganteus)
Water Dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)
Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa)
Southern Blind Snake (Anilios australis)
Long-nosed Dragon (Gowidon longirostris)
Mallee Dragon (Ctenophorus fordi)
Buchanan’s Snake-eyed Skink (Cryptoblapharus buchanani)
Macquarie Turtle (Emydura macquarii)
Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus)
Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textillis)
Carpet Python (Morelia spilota)
Sedge Frog (Littoria fallax)
Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella)
Clicking Froglet (Crinia signifera)
Eastern Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii)
Totals for the tour: 311 bird taxa and 17 mammal taxa