The 2013 ‘Great Southern Tour’ started in Adelaide (SA) and finished in Hobart (Tas). The weather was pretty close to perfect with calm, sunny days, temperatures in the 20-25 Degrees Celsius range, and no rain. A grand total of 301 bird species were seen. Highlights included Oriental Plover, Black-breasted Buzzard, Inland Dotterel, Pilotbird, Plainswanderer, Superb Parrot, Swift Parrot, Freckled Duck, Mallee Emu-wren and all 12 Tasmanian endemics. Mammal sightings of interest included 3 species of Kangaroo, 3 species of Wallaby, Platypus, Eastern Quoll, Echidna, Koala and Australian Fur Seal.
Adelaide – Greenfields Wetlands – Port Gawler – Port Germain – Australian Arid Lands Botanical Gardens (Port Augusta) – Lyndhurst.
Witchelina Station – Leigh Creek retention dam – Lyndhurst.
Leigh Creek – Brachina Gorge (Flinders Ranges NP) – Blinman – Flinders Ranges NP – Wilpena
Wilpena Pound – Arkaroo Rock – Hawker – Burra – Morgan – Waikerie.
Birdlife Australia’s Gluepot Reserve.
Waikerie – Hattah – Ouyen – Deniliquin.
Deniliquin area including spotlighting at night.
Deniliquin – Bendigo – Heathcote – Port Campbell.
Port Campbell – Great Ocean Road – Werribee.
Werribee Treatment Plant – Healesville.
Healesville – Dandenong Ranges – Melbourne – Hobart – Bruny Island.
After breakfast clients were returned to Hobart to their hotels or to connect with their flights home. Everyone agreed it had been a highly successful second Great Southern Tour! The weather had turned inclement and windy, so those that had hoped to join the optional Orange-bellied Parrot spotting at Melaleuca were disappointed as there was no hope their flight would go today.