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Southwestern Western Australia Bird Watching Tour

Southwestern Western Australia Bird Watching Tour
When: Sat 10 Apr - Thu 15 Apr 2021
Leaders: Chris Doughty and Peter Taylor
Southwestern Western Australia Bird Watching Tour
Perth/Perth (6 Days) $3,682
Single Room Supplement $460
Southwestern Western Australia Bird Watching Tour
Western Australia is a huge state, which encompasses the western third of the Australian continent. If Western Australia was a separate country, it would be the 10th largest country in the world! When compared to the rest of the country, Western Australia has a relatively low number of endemic birds. There are a handful in the Kimberley in the northwest, and all the rest are confined to a rather small area in the southwest corner of the state. For millions of years, the temperate forests and coastal heathlands of the southwestern corner of Australia have been isolated from the rest of the island continent of Australia by the Great Southern, Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts. As a result of this isolation, this remote corner of Australia has evolved a remarkable and unique flora and fauna, found nowhere else on Earth. The birdlife has followed its own evolutionary path, and this fascinating area harbours twenty endemic and near-endemic species of birds. This unique and exciting tour has been specifically designed to concentrate on finding all of the endemic and near-endemic birds of southwestern Western Australia. Our journey begins in Perth, where our first birding stop will be in the Darling Range, an interesting mix of marri and jarrah woodland, where we will search for southwest endemics like Red-capped Parrot, Western Rosella, White-breasted Robin and Western Spinebill. We then drive to the Dryandra State Forest, where the tall eucalypts and dense shrubbery are home to the very uncommon Square-tailed Kite, the attractive Western Yellow Robin, the delightful Blue-breasted Fairywren, the ground-frequenting Rufous Treecreeper and the sometimes pugnacious Western Wattlebird. Moving on, we go birding in the Stirling Range National Park, where our main target birds will be the aptly named Elegant Parrot and the equally beautiful Regent Parrot. Continuing on to the Porongurup Range National Park, we shall search for Baudin's Black Cockatoo, Western Thornbill Gilbert's Honeyeater and Red-eared Firetail. We then go birding in the coastal heathland of Cheynes Beach, east of Albany. This area will be our greatest challenge, as we search for three of Australia's most skulking birds: Western Bristlebird, Western Whipbird and the notoriously difficult-to-see Noisy Scrub-bird. We will then spend a full day birding in mallee country, in the Corackerup Nature Reserve, searching for three mallee specialities: the attractive Southern Scrub Robin, the diminutive Shy Heathwren and the decidedly uncommon Purple-gaped Honeyeater. At nearby Bremer Bay, our two main target birds will be the endangered Hooded Plover and the localised Rock Parrot. On our way back to Perth, where the tour ends, we will stop at Rocky Gully, where we should be able to locate the last of the endemic birds of southwestern Western Australia, the range-restricted Western Corella.
Come with us and enjoy this fabulous Southwestern Western Australia Bird Watching Tour.

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