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    Starts: Mount Isa - Ends: Adelaide

     
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    Day 11: A return to the mallee reserves resulted in 2 top birds, highlights for the entire trip: Red-lored Whistler performing at close range, and a flock of Black-eared Miners. Closer to Adelaide, we added Purple-gaped and Tawny-crowned Honeyeater to the list and 3 Shy Heathwrens. Barbary Doves in the city were an interesting finale to a great trip!

    Day 10: The morning was spent in the mallee wilderness north of the Murray river in SA, where a birding bonanza awaited us with Chestnut Quail-thrush, Southern Scrubrobin, Mulga Parrot, Gilbert's Whistler, Splendid Fairy-wren, Red-capped Robin and more. After lunch in Waikerie we viewed a flock of beautiful, and rare, Regent Parrots, hundreds of Red-necked Avocets and a very shy Redthroat.

    Day 9: The bluebush plains around Whyalla delivered 2 Western Grasswrens, 6 migrating Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoos and a Pallid Cuckoo, before we drove to Morgan on the Murray in windy, wet weather.

    Day 8: Short-tailed Grasswren showed well in the beautiful, scenic Flinders Ranges where we were also privileged to have a visit by a couple of Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies during lunch.

    Day 7: More Grey Falcons today and a nest-building pair of Black-breasted Buzzards while Thick-billed Grasswrens performed near Marree after lunch from the Farina ghost-town's bakery.

    Day 6: A fantastic day around Mungerannie on the Birdsville track: 2 pairs of Grey Falcons, a very obliging pair of Gibberbirds, 20 Inland Dotterels, 2 Banded Whitefaces and 4 Eyrean Grasswrens.

    Day 5: The northern Birdsville track delivered its jewels: Yellow Chat (no less than 12) and Grey Grasswrens (at least 4 pairs), as well as more Flock Bronzewings and Australian Bustards.

    Day 4: Star of the show today was Flock Bronzewing, we had multiple sightings of flocks along our travels from Boulia to Birdsville. Also 2 black falcons, 100s of orange chat, & spotted bowerbirds.

    Day 3: We spent the morning of Day 3 of our Nine Grasswren tour around Lark Quarry National Park near Winton, Qld. A birding bonanza: 3 Rusty Grasswrens, 6 Rufous-crowned Emuwrens, 2 juvenile Grey Falcons with one adult, a couple of Halls Babblers, 1 Spinifexbird. We then drove on small outback tracks to Boulia, picking up Cockatiels, many Orange and Crimson Chats and 100s of Flock Bronzewings.

    Day 2: We enjoyed a beautiful sunrise at Lake Moondarra near Mt Isa and no less than 77 species of birds in 2 hours. Highlights were a flock of Glossy Ibis, 2 Comb-crested Jacana, Wandering Whistling-ducks, more Painted Finches and a Freshwater Crocodile. After driving to Winton we finished at Long Waterhole with 50 Red-winged Parrots, an obliging Black Falcon and many Brolgas.

    Day 1: We started the morning with great views of Carpentarian Grasswrens, as well as Spinifexbird, 100s Painted Finches, dozens of Spinifex Pigeons, Black-tailed Treecreeper and many more, in the spinifex habitats near Mt Isa. The sewage ponds delivered many waterbirds and good views of Orange Chat, while after a clamber around the hills near town we ended the day with a very obliging pair of Kalkadoon Grasswrens.
     
    One of Australia’s epic birding adventures, we search for nine of Australia’s 13 Grasswren species: Striated, Short-tailed, Western, Thick-billed, Eyrean, Grey, Kalkadoon, Carpentarian and Rusty Grasswren. We explore the vast expanses of Mallee scrub in the Vic-SA border region, the scenic Flinders Ranges, travel the entire Birdsville track through the outback, visit the stark country around Boulia-Winton and the rocky ranges around Mt Isa.

     

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    Starts & Ends: Mildura, Victoria

     
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    Grey Grasswren success - target species seen well and 93 species in total on this our short tour! Other good birds seen include: 20 Inland Dotterel, a pair of Gibberbird, a lone Australian Bustard and the cute Red-browed Pardalote.

     
    Grey Grasswren is one of the most difficult Grasswren species for birders to see, because of its very small distribution in remote outback locations, and its elusive nature. It inhabits dense lignum – canegrass swamps in only a few spots on the Birdsville track and along the Qld-NSW border. This year we’re offering a short expedition into the outback in search of this elusive Grasswren.

     

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9 Grasswrens Day 11: a return to the mallee reserves for a highlight: Red-lored Whistler (photo by Helga Kieskamp)… https://t.co/6VAToCo7gd
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9 Grasswrens Day 10: in the mallee this lovely Chestnut Quail-thrush. Also a flock of rare Regent Parrots… https://t.co/iEXxICYpZx
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Grey Grasswren success! 4 birds seen on our Grey Grasswren short tour near Tibooburra, NSW (archive photo by Peter… https://t.co/cFtRZx40Hu
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9 Grasswrens Day 9: The bluebush plains around Whyalla delivered well! Here a migrating Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo… https://t.co/X4hA6QQowj
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Day 1 Private FNQ - Around Cairns Foreshore, Etty Bay and Hasties Swamp. Elusive Southern Cassowary! #bellbirdtours… https://t.co/JlqvqfXuUx
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9 Grasswrens Day 8: Short-tailed Grasswren showed well in the beautiful, scenic Flinders Ranges #grasswren… https://t.co/4DEbYuBLmk
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Bellbird Birding ToursMonday, July 24th, 2017 at 12:15pm
9 Grasswrens Day 11: a return to the mallee reserves resulted in 2 top birds, highlights for the entire trip: Red-lored Whistler (photo by Helga Kieskamp) performing at close range, and a flock of Black-eared Miners. Barbary Doves in the city were an interesting finale to a great trip! #grasswren #bellbirdtours www.bellbirdtours.com
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Bellbird Birding ToursSunday, July 23rd, 2017 at 12:15pm
9 Grasswrens Day 10: the morning was spent in the mallee wilderness where a birding bonanza awaited us including Chestnut Quail-thrush. After lunch we viewed a flock of beautiful and rare Regent Parrots #grasswren #bellbirdtours www.bellbirdtours.com
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Bellbird Birding ToursSaturday, July 22nd, 2017 at 11:04pm
Grey Grasswren success! 4 birds seen on our Grey Grasswren short tour near Tibooburra, NSW (archive photo by Peter Waanders) #bellbirdtours
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Bellbird Birding ToursSaturday, July 22nd, 2017 at 12:15pm
9 Grasswrens Day 9: The bluebush plains around Whyalla delivered 2 Western Grasswrens, 6 migrating Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoos (pictured) and a Pallid Cuckoo, before we drove to Morgan on the Murray in windy, wet weather #grasswren #bellbirdtours www.bellbirdtours.com
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Bellbird Birding ToursFriday, July 21st, 2017 at 6:45pm
Day 1 Private FNQ - Around Cairns Foreshore, Etty Bay and Hasties Swamp. Mangrove Robin, Torresian Kingfisher, Scaly-breasted Munia, Varied Honey-eater, 10,000 Plumed Whistling-Duck and the elusive Southern Cassowary #bellbirdtours www.bellbirdtours.com
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  • far-north-queensland-gallery-image-11 Far North Queensland Tour – May 2017 - Tour overview This was a tour with returning guests from South Africa birding the Iron Range region in Far North Queensland. The aim was to see as many of the endemic bird species in the Far North as well as visit the Atherton Tablelands. The 9 day tour took us down to Etty Bay, south […]
  • brolga Great Southern tour 2016 - The Great Southern Tour concentrates on the many specialties of the southern coastal region of Australia and the South Australian outback. Coastal birding north of Adelaide and along the Great Ocean Road; the outback deserts and dry watercourses, with the rugged escarpments of the Flinders Ranges; Birdlife Australia’s splendid Gluepot reserve, the Murray River, we wander the plains around Deliniquin and marvel at the masses of waterbirds in Werribee to finish in the tall, hill forests near Melbourne.
  • 069-ed4 Six Grasswren tour report September 2016 - The September 2016 Six Grasswren tour was already the 11th year that we have done these tours. The aim was to see Striated, Short-tailed, Western, Thick-billed, Eyrean and Grey Grasswren and other wonderful outback bird species. The 6.5 day tour took us along the Strzelecki track through the outback of South Australia. It had been a wet winter and spring which means that the conditions were great for birding – probably the best I’d seen it in 5 years. There were plenty of wildflowers and birds breeding wherever we went. As a result of widespread rainfall deeper into the outback, many waterfowl had deserted their traditional wetlands to go breeding in those flooded areas, which were beyond the reach of this tour. Nevertheless, a grand total of 152 quality outback species were recorded during the tour. Read on for the daily summary and bird checklist.
  • Regent Parrot Highlights of South Australia tour September 2016 - The Highlights of South Australia birding tour provides an insight into the range of habitats present in South Australia, which contain some unique bird species including a small number of endemics. From the lush and green Mt Lofty Ranges around Adelaide to the outback deserts with spectacular mountain ranges, the bird-rich wetlands along the Murray River, beautiful coastal scenery and vast expanses of the famous semi-arid mallee scrublands, tour has it all.
  • RCA Red Centre tour report July 2016 - The “Red Centre”, as Australia’s outback around Alice Springs is named, hosts a variety of exciting bird species. Using Alice Springs as a base, this 4-day tour took daily trips out to different areas targeting enigmatic birds such as Dusky Grasswren, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Spinifexbird, Grey Honeyeater, Western Bowerbird, Painted Finch and more. Guided by Mark Carter, the tour visited the Eastern and Western MacDonnell Ranges, the sewage works, the Old Telegraph Station, the Tanami Road, Kumoth Bore and the Deep Well Road.

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