Sydney is Australia’s largest and most well-known city. It is beautifully situated between the Blue Mountains and the Pacific Ocean with Sydney Harbour being a key focus of the city itself. In the immediate surroundings of the city are many different habitats which attract a large variety of bird species. Take a guided birdwatching outing with one of our experienced guides for a day or longer.
Our birdwatching outings start and end at your accommodation and the exact route of the day will be determined in consultation with you, so as to to advantage of seasonal changes, bird migration and recent sightings. More than 300 bird species are seen in the Sydney area each year and we can reasonably expect to see 75 or more species of birds on any given day. Some of our great birds include many species of Cockatoos, Parrots, Rosellas and Lorikeets, even more species of Honeyeater, 2 species of Fairy-wrens, 2 species of Bowerbirds, kingfishers including the iconic Laughing Kookaburra, migratory waders (shorebirds), the famous Superb Lyrebird (pictured), owls including the huge Powerful Owl, thornbills and scrub-wrens, the rare Rock Warbler and the secretive Bush Turkey, and many other endemic families.
South of Sydney, we look for Superb Lyrebird, Laughing Kookaburra, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, two species of fairy-wrens and numerous bush birds including parrots in a mixture of habitats from temperate rainforest to coastal heathland. We’ll have a chance to look for seabirds such as Australasian Gannet from Sydney’s spectacular cliffs plus we’ll look for the stunning Azure Kingfisher as it dives for fish in a freshwater creek. We’ll also have time to look for waterbirds such as the Black Swan plus godwits and oystercatchers on the shores of Botany Bay. This area is very scenic and is a “must see” if you only have one day in Sydney.
North of Sydney is a great diversity of habitats such as forest, woodland, wetland and grassland. It harbours bird species such as Superb Fairy-wren, Eastern Rosella and Satin Bowerbird in the forests, Chestnut Teal and Royal Spoonbill in the wetlands, Zebra Finches in the grasslands, while the skies above us hold many species of raptor such as Nankeen Kestrel and Wedge-tailed Eagle. Kangaroos are also seen on most trips to this area.
Itineraries are flexible so we can target any particular birds on your wish list.
If you have more time, why not let one of our guides take you on a multi-day birding trip further afield, incorporating areas too far to visit in a day trip, each with their own set of unique birds. Examples include the incredibly scenic Blue Mountains with range-restricted birds such as Glossy Black Cockatoo and Rock Warbler, the Capertee Valley with threatened species including Plum-headed Finch, Regent Honeyeater and Turquoise Parrot, or the Newcastle area where we start seeing some sub-tropical species including Green Catbird, Wonga Pigeon, Mangrove Gerygone and good waders / shorebirds sites.
The possibilities are endless, the choice is yours…
Please contact us for further information, or to check availability and rates.