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.