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Kununurra Birdwatching Tour

Kununurra Birdwatching Tour
When: Tue 3 Nov - Mon 9 Nov 2020
Leader: Chris Doughty
Kununurra Birdwatching Tour
Kununurra/Kununurra (7 Days) $3,590
Single Room Supplement $540
Australia, the 'Timeless Land'. This vast island continent has been cut off from the rest of the world for more than sixty million years and, as a result, has evolved a remarkable and unique flora and fauna. The birdlife has followed its own evolutionary path and Australia has more endemic bird species (over 300) than any other country, and many bird families which are entirely restricted to Australia or which do not extend beyond Australasia. This great diversity of birdlife is nowhere more evident than in Australia's tropical north. On this exciting tour, we have allowed plenty of time to explore the foremost birding location in the western half of the continent, Kununurra. It is a magnificent region of great contrasts, where short wet summers give way to long dry winters. Spectacular waterfalls fed by raging wet-season rivers cascade from sandstone escarpments forming crystal-clear rock-pools lined with luxuriant tropical vegetation, before flowing through rocky tree-lined gorges, dry woodlands and grassy plains dotted with huge, bottle-shaped baobab trees and countless numbers of termite mounds. The scenery alone, is reason enough to visit this magnificent area; add to this, huge numbers of colourful tropical birds, top quality air-conditioned accommodation and great food, and you begin to realise, that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to join us as we explore the wild natural beauty of the oldest land mass on earth. Kununurra is surrounded by an abundance of habitats, and we shall go birding in all of them, including sandstone canyons, impressive rivers, irrigated farmland, freshwater lakes, riverine forest, coastal floodplains, dry woodland, shimmering wetlands and mangrove swamps. We will be searching for some of Australia's least known and seldom seen birds, including such sought-after specialities as Australian Little Bittern, White-quilled Rock-Pigeon, Buff-sided Robin, Sandstone Shrikethrush, Star and Gouldian Finches, Yellow-rumped and Pictorella Mannikins, and a whole host of other colourful birds, ranging from the stately Australian Bustard to the elegant Australian Pratincole. We will also take two boat trips, one on Lake Kununurra and the other on Lake Argyle. Both lakes were formed by the damming of the Ord River. On the Lake Kununurra boat trip, we will be searching for such interesting species as Australian Little Bittern, White-breasted Sea-Eagle and the dazzling Azure Kingfisher. Lake Argyle, is Australia's largest body of fresh water, is recognised as being of international importance, and is protected under the Ramsar Convention. It attracts extraordinary numbers of birds. Up to 150,000 birds can be present at the lake; the sheer numbers of egrets, cormorants and waterfowl, has to be seen to be believed. During the boat-trip, we should also be rewarded with great looks at two of Australia's most endangered birds, the beautiful Purple-crowned Fairywren and the equally spectacular Yellow Chat.
Come with us and enjoy this remarkable Kununurra birdwatching tour.

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