*Comfortable Nine Grasswren Birding Tour 2021 – May Departure – 16 Days
11 May 2021 - 27 May 2021
This is a slow-paced version of our flagship Nine Grasswren tour, one of Australia’s epic birding adventures. We will look for nine of Australia’s 13 Grasswren species: Striated, Shorttailed, Western, Thick-billed, Eyrean, Grey, Kalkadoon, Carpentarian and Rusty Grasswren. From Mt Isa we’ll follow the early spring south across vast expanses of outback scenery. We travel the length of the Birdsville track, visit the stark country around Boulia-Winton, the scenic Flinders Ranges and finish in the Mallee scrub of the Vic-SA border region.
This trip is a real adventure (yet fully accommodated), taking it easy by adding an extra 4 days to the standard itinerary. Timed to travel through the heart of the outback during the early Australian spring season, a great time to go birding, we will have plenty of opportunity during these 16 days to see over 200 species, and besides the Grasswrens we have a good chance of sought-after birds like Red-lored Whistler, Banded Whiteface, Chestnut and Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Gibberbird, Yellow Chat, Inland Dotterel, Flock Bronzewing, Spinifex Pigeon, Mallee & Rufouscrowned Emu-wren, Painted Finch and even the enigmatic Grey Falcon. Accommodation will be of the best available standard; the drives have been shortened; we’ll take plenty of breaks; the food will be of the best available, and where we have to take a picnic lunch, it will be gourmet style. We have secured access to some new birding sites exclusively for this trip. The rewards will be some of Australia’s most sought-after outback species, wonderful scenery and great camaraderie.