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The Flinders Ranges Bird Watching Tour

The Flinders Ranges Bird Watching Tour
When: Sat 12 June - Sat 19 June 2021
Leader: Chris Doughty
The Flinders Ranges Bird Watching Tour
Adelaide to Adelaide (8 Days) $3,426
Single Room Supplement $500
The Flinders Ranges Bird Watching Tour
The scenically spectacular Flinders Ranges were named after Matthew Flinders, who was the first European to view the ranges on his circumnavigation of Australia in 1802. In stark contrast, the Adnyamathanha people, the original inhabitants of this area, have occupied this land for countless generations. Here they contemplated the creation of the earth and the natural world; they called it Dreamtime, a time when the Ancestral Spirits walked the land, and made the rivers, water holes, hills, rocks, plants and animals. Australia is a highly developed country, with superb facilities for the visitor; however, until very recently, these facilities had not reached into the vastness of the arid interior. Not long ago, this fabulous area was only accessible by well-equipped 4x4 safari operators, and camping, was very much the order of the day. However, huge improvements to the roads and tracks in this area, and the construction of good quality outback eco-lodges, means that such hardships are a thing of the past. We can now enjoy a good comfortable bed, and a hot shower, every night of the tour! The spectacular Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia. The discontinuous ranges stretch over 400 kilometres, from the northern end of the Spencer Gulf to the edge of the Strzelecki Desert in the arid outback of Australia. During the tour, we will travel along remote dusty roads, surrounded by ancient mountain ranges, towering granite peaks, spectacular gorges and sheltered creeks, which harbour some of Australia's least-known, and most sought-after species of birds. The Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park encompasses a range of semi-arid mountains, and is one of the most spectacular regions of the Australian outback. At the very heart of the park is the scenically spectacular Wilpena Pound, a huge natural amphitheater encircled by two mountain ranges. We will have plenty of time to marvel at the stark beauty of this wild and majestic area as we search for an exciting mix of outback birds, including Elegant Parrot, Black-eared Cuckoo, White-browed Babbler, Chirruping Wedgebill, the highly-localised Short-tailed Grasswren, Redthroat, Shy Heathwren and Grey-fronted Honeyeater. In stark contrast, we shall also explore Mount Lyndhurst Station, on the remote Strezelecki Track. This is a working cattle station, surrounded in all directions by chenopod steppe country - flat, barren and sparsely vegetated unending plains. Somewhat surprisingly, this is good cattle country and, providing there has been some rain, the cattle fatten quickly. It is also the only known site on Earth where you have a chance of observing the very rare and seldom-seen Chestnut-breasted Whiteface, which will be our main target species in this area. However, other much sought-after species which occur here, include the superb Inland Dotterel, Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Thick-billed Grasswren, delightful Crimson and Orange Chats and Gibberbird.
Come with us and enjoy this fabulous Flinders Ranges Bird Watching Tour.

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