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The "Port Lincoln" subspecies of Australian Ringneck is part of a larger complex that was recently lumped together. Photo by participant Bill Byers.
John and I were delighted to travel through a big chunk of southern and central Australia with this group - we had a good time finding some of the world's great birds, with good weather for the most part. The tour started off a bit cooler and breezier than normal, with a lot of extra freshwater at Werribee left over from recent torrential rainstorms. Conditions were settled and excellent in inland Victoria, and warm and breezy in the Red Centre around Alice Springs. The end of the trip in Western Australia was a mix of sun and clouds with fairly cool conditions overall - quite pleasant!
The birding ranged from good to fantastic throughout our tour. We began with an exploration of the area around Sydney, clearly highlighted by our visit to Royal National Park. Two male Superb Lyrebirds strolled around, feeding in the leaf litter while we watched from across a stream - what a start! Later, during a coastal visit, we enjoyed close views of the range-restricted Rockwarbler (endemic to New South Wales) as well as a tableau of seabirds swarming over the ocean.
We transitioned to Melbourne and birded the Western Water Treatment property in Werribee as well as the St. Kilda Breakwater near our hotel. Werribee had high water levels that limited the productivity of our shorebirding, but we still found Musk Duck, Red-necked Avocet, Brolga, and more. An evening walk out on the breakwater at St. Kilda took us to a delightful scene full of Little Penguins poking out of the rocks and swimming alongside us in the harbor.
Next we cruised the Great Ocean Road of southern Victoria, picking up Koala and stunning birds like Rufous Bristlebird and White-capped Albatross. Then we turned the bus inland and made tracks across the drier interior of Victoria from the Grampians to Little Desert and the Outback-like conditions of Hattah-Kulkyne and Wyperfeld National Parks. Gang-gang Cockatoo, Speckled Warbler, Gilbert's Whistler, the magical Malleefowl (walking around her nest mound), Chestnut-backed Quail-thrush, Striated Grasswren, Mallee Emuwren, and a host of other specialties helped to fill out our days in this diverse part of the continent.
We flew from Adelaide to Alice Springs and spent a few days birding in the hot Outback of the Red Centre. Spinifex Pigeon, Western Bowerbird, Black-breasted Buzzard, Pink Cockatoo, Rufous-crowned Emuwren, Dusky Grasswren, and Chiming Wedgebill were some of the highlight birds, and that doesn't even include the large diversity and abundance of waterbirds and shorebirds that we saw at the Alice Springs sewage ponds (including lots of Pink-eared Ducks and the first nesting record of Australian Shoveler for the well-watched pond system).
Passing by the sacred rock of Uluru (Ayers Rock) on our Qantas flight to Perth, we journeyed to the biologically isolated and rather interesting southwest corner of Australia. Many birding tours of this massive continent skip the southwest, but there are over 15 endemic species (including some real amazing ones like Red-capped Parrot and Noisy Scrub-bird) and lots of fascinating regional flavor that can't be experienced elsewhere. Our time in the coastal scrublands helped us find Western Bristlebird, the incredibly tough and loud Noisy Scrub-bird, and the elegant Western Whipbird. Rock Parrots, Baudin's and Carnaby's Black-cockatoos, and Purple-crowned Lorikeets (nesting en masse in the Dryandra Woodland) helped us cap off an amazing tour for parrots, too.
Mammals were pretty spectacular on the tour - we saw lots of bounding "macropods" (kangaroos and wallabies) including Eastern and Western Gray Kangaroos and the small but elegant Black-footed Rock-Wallabies. Koalas were a huge highlight near Kennett River, and our offshore scans turned up several spouting Humpback Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins, too.
After we finished our tour, some of the group continued on to Darwin for the Part II tour of the Top End and Queensland, while others headed on home after this exciting survey of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Red Centre of the Northern Territory, and Western Australia. We'd like to thank everyone for contributing to a solid group experience with lots of enthusiasm, help with spotting, and great conversation. As they say in Australia, good on'ya!
Until next time,
KEYS FOR THIS LIST
One of the following keys may be shown in brackets for individual species as appropriate: * = heard only, I = introduced, E = endemic, N = nesting, a = austral migrant, b = boreal migrant
White-capped Albatrosses were within binocular range when we birded along the Great Ocean Road of southern Victoria. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
Casuariidae (Cassowaries and Emu)
EMU (Dromaius novaehollandiae) [E]
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
CAPE BARREN GOOSE (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) [E]
BLACK SWAN (Cygnus atratus) [E]
AUSTRALIAN SHELDUCK (Tadorna tadornoides)
MANED DUCK (Chenonetta jubata) [E]
PACIFIC BLACK DUCK (Anas superciliosa)
AUSTRALIAN SHOVELER (Anas rhynchotis)
GRAY TEAL (Anas gracilis)
We couldn't have asked for a better look at Golden Whistler. Photo by participant Alan Pohl.
CHESTNUT TEAL (Anas castanea) [E]
PINK-EARED DUCK (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) [E]
WHITE-EYED DUCK (Aythya australis)
BLUE-BILLED DUCK (Oxyura australis) [E]
MUSK DUCK (Biziura lobata) [E]
MALLEEFOWL (Leipoa ocellata) [E]
AUSTRALASIAN GREBE (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)
HOARY-HEADED GREBE (Poliocephalus poliocephalus) [E]
GREAT CRESTED GREBE (Podiceps cristatus)
This handsome Superb Lyrebird strode along a sandstone-lined river in Royal National Park on one of the first days of our trip. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
LITTLE PENGUIN (Eudyptula minor)
YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS (Thalassarche chlororhynchos)
WHITE-CAPPED ALBATROSS (Thalassarche cauta)
BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS (Thalassarche melanophris)
Procellariidae (Shearwaters and Petrels)
FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER (Ardenna carneipes)
WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER (Ardenna pacifica)
SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER (Ardenna tenuirostris)
This Sulphur-crested Cockatoo had a few things to say to the giant and otherworldly Channel-billed Cuckoo at Royal National Park near Sydney. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
FLUTTERING SHEARWATER (Puffinus gavia)
Sulidae (Boobies and Gannets)
AUSTRALASIAN GANNET (Morus serrator)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
LITTLE PIED CORMORANT (Microcarbo melanoleucos)
GREAT CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax carbo)
LITTLE BLACK CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)
PIED CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax varius)
BLACK-FACED CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax fuscescens) [E]
AUSTRALASIAN DARTER (Anhinga novaehollandiae)
A sharply appointed Rainbow Bee-eater flew in front of the sun at Little Desert, giving an unusual photo opportunity. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
AUSTRALIAN PELICAN (Pelecanus conspicillatus)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
PACIFIC HERON (Ardea pacifica)
GREAT EGRET (AUSTRALASIAN) (Ardea alba modesta)
WHITE-FACED HERON (Egretta novaehollandiae)
LITTLE EGRET (Egretta garzetta)
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
AUSTRALIAN IBIS (Threskiornis moluccus) [E]
STRAW-NECKED IBIS (Threskiornis spinicollis) [E]
YELLOW-BILLED SPOONBILL (Platalea flavipes) [E]
OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus)
Topknot Pigeon was another prize of our time in the forests of Royal National Park. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
AUSTRALIAN KITE (Elanus axillaris) [E]
BLACK-BREASTED KITE (Hamirostra melanosternon) [E]
SQUARE-TAILED KITE (Lophoictinia isura) [E]
LITTLE EAGLE (Hieraaetus morphnoides)
WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE (Aquila audax)
SWAMP HARRIER (Circus approximans)
GRAY GOSHAWK (Accipiter novaehollandiae)
BROWN GOSHAWK (Accipiter fasciatus)
COLLARED SPARROWHAWK (Accipiter cirrocephalus)
BLACK KITE (Milvus migrans)
WHISTLING KITE (Haliastur sphenurus)
Musk Lorikeets showed off on multiple occasions for us along our journey. These beauties were feeding on flowers in several town centers. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLE (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
BUFF-BANDED RAIL (Gallirallus philippensis)
AUSTRALASIAN SWAMPHEN (Porphyrio melanotus)
DUSKY MOORHEN (Gallinula tenebrosa)
EURASIAN COOT (Fulica atra)
BROLGA (Antigone rubicunda)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
PIED STILT (Himantopus leucocephalus)
Eastern Gray Kanagaroos doing what kangaroos do. Photo by participant Charlotte Byers.
BANDED STILT (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) [E]
RED-NECKED AVOCET (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) [E]
PIED OYSTERCATCHER (Haematopus longirostris) [E]
SOOTY OYSTERCATCHER (Haematopus fuliginosus) [E]
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (Pluvialis squatarola)
MASKED LAPWING (Vanellus miles)
RED-CAPPED PLOVER (Charadrius ruficapillus) [E]
HOODED PLOVER (Thinornis cucullatus) [E]
BLACK-FRONTED DOTTEREL (Elseyornis melanops)
Gray-headed Flying-foxes played the part of the flying monkeys in our journey through Oz. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
WHIMBREL (SIBERIAN) (Numenius phaeopus variegatus)
BAR-TAILED GODWIT (Limosa lapponica)
RUDDY TURNSTONE (Arenaria interpres)
SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (Calidris acuminata)
CURLEW SANDPIPER (Calidris ferruginea)
RED-NECKED STINT (Calidris ruficollis)
COMMON SANDPIPER (Actitis hypoleucos)
COMMON GREENSHANK (Tringa nebularia)
WOOD SANDPIPER (Tringa glareola)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
SILVER GULL (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae)
PACIFIC GULL (Larus pacificus) [E]
This Eastern Rosella sat outside the front door of Little Desert Lodge after taking a bath in the driveway. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
BRIDLED TERN (Onychoprion anaethetus)
AUSTRALIAN FAIRY TERN (Sternula nereis)
CASPIAN TERN (Hydroprogne caspia)
WHISKERED TERN (Chlidonias hybrida)
GREAT CRESTED TERN (Thalasseus bergii)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ROCK PIGEON (Columba livia) [I]
SPOTTED DOVE (Streptopelia chinensis) [I]
LAUGHING DOVE (Streptopelia senegalensis) [I]
COMMON BRONZEWING (Phaps chalcoptera) [E]
BRUSH BRONZEWING (Phaps elegans) [E]
CRESTED PIGEON (Ocyphaps lophotes)
When we were exploring the spinifex of the Red Centre, we discovered the nest of a nomadic Painted Finch. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
SPINIFEX PIGEON (Geophaps plumifera) [E]
WONGA PIGEON (Leucosarcia melanoleuca) [E*]
DIAMOND DOVE (Geopelia cuneata) [E]
TOPKNOT PIGEON (Lopholaimus antarcticus) [E]
PACIFIC KOEL (AUSTRALIAN) (Eudynamys orientalis cyanocephalus) [*]
CHANNEL-BILLED CUCKOO (Scythrops novaehollandiae)
HORSFIELD'S BRONZE-CUCKOO (Chrysococcyx basalis) [E]
One of the lovely honeyeaters from New South Wales was this Eastern Spinebill, common in the forests near Sydney. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
SHINING BRONZE-CUCKOO (Chrysococcyx lucidus)
FAN-TAILED CUCKOO (Cacomantis flabelliformis)
POWERFUL OWL (Ninox strenua) [E]
SOUTHERN BOOBOOK (Ninox novaeseelandiae)
TAWNY FROGMOUTH (Podargus strigoides)
AZURE KINGFISHER (Ceyx azureus)
LAUGHING KOOKABURRA (Dacelo novaeguineae) [E]
Our views of the elegant Chestnut-backed Quail-thrush were pretty special. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
RED-BACKED KINGFISHER (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius) [E]
SACRED KINGFISHER (Todiramphus sanctus)
RAINBOW BEE-EATER (Merops ornatus)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
AUSTRALIAN KESTREL (Falco cenchroides)
BROWN FALCON (Falco berigora)
PEREGRINE FALCON (Falco peregrinus)
RED-TAILED BLACK-COCKATOO (Calyptorhynchus banksii) [E]
This Emu was having a bad "hair" day in inland Victoria. We saw plenty of Emus on this tour - a nice surprise. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
YELLOW-TAILED BLACK-COCKATOO (Calyptorhynchus funereus) [E]
CARNABY'S BLACK-COCKATOO (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) [E]
BAUDIN'S BLACK-COCKATOO (Calyptorhynchus baudinii) [E]
GANG-GANG COCKATOO (Callocephalon fimbriatum) [E]
PINK COCKATOO (Lophochroa leadbeateri) [E]
GALAH (Eolophus roseicapilla) [E]
LONG-BILLED CORELLA (Cacatua tenuirostris) [E]
WESTERN CORELLA (Cacatua pastinator) [E]
LITTLE CORELLA (Cacatua sanguinea)
SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO (Cacatua galerita)
Hooded Plover is a gorgeous, imperiled shorebird that we looked for (and found!) along the narrow and wild beaches of southern Victoria. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
Psittaculidae (Old World Parrots)
REGENT PARROT (Polytelis anthopeplus) [E]
AUSTRALIAN KING-PARROT (Alisterus scapularis) [E]
ROCK PARROT (Neophema petrophila) [E]
AUSTRALIAN RINGNECK (Barnardius zonarius) [E]
CRIMSON ROSELLA (CRIMSON) (Platycercus elegans elegans) [E]
A Rainbow Lorikeet begs the question: can a bird be too colorful? Photo by participant Linda Rudolph.
CRIMSON ROSELLA (YELLOW) (Platycercus elegans flaveolus) [E]
EASTERN ROSELLA (Platycercus eximius) [E]
WESTERN ROSELLA (Platycercus icterotis) [E]
GREATER BLUEBONNET (YELLOW-VENTED) (Northiella haematogaster haematogaster)
RED-RUMPED PARROT (Psephotus haematonotus) [E]
MULGA PARROT (Psephotus varius) [E]
RED-CAPPED PARROT (Purpureicephalus spurius) [E]
BUDGERIGAR (Melopsittacus undulatus) [E]
MUSK LORIKEET (Glossopsitta concinna) [E]
PURPLE-CROWNED LORIKEET (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala) [E]
RAINBOW LORIKEET (Trichoglossus haematodus)
SUPERB LYREBIRD (Menura novaehollandiae) [E]
NOISY SCRUB-BIRD (Atrichornis clamosus) [E]
GREEN CATBIRD (Ailuroedus crassirostris) [E]
SATIN BOWERBIRD (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) [E]
A commotion outside our hotel in the Grampians caused us to look up to the sight of Australian Magpies chasing a pair of massive Wedge-tailed Eagles - right overhead! Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
WESTERN BOWERBIRD (Chlamydera guttata) [E]
Climacteridae (Australasian Treecreepers)
WHITE-THROATED TREECREEPER (Cormobates leucophaea) [E]
BROWN TREECREEPER (Climacteris picumnus) [E]
RUFOUS TREECREEPER (Climacteris rufus) [E]
STRIATED GRASSWREN (Amytornis striatus) [E]
DUSKY GRASSWREN (Amytornis purnelli) [E]
SOUTHERN EMUWREN (Stipiturus malachurus) [E]
This sleepy Koala (one of the world's great animals!) was waiting for us in a gum tree at Kennett River in Victoria. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
RUFOUS-CROWNED EMUWREN (Stipiturus ruficeps) [E]
MALLEE EMUWREN (Stipiturus mallee) [E]
RED-WINGED FAIRYWREN (Malurus elegans) [E]
BLUE-BREASTED FAIRYWREN (Malurus pulcherrimus) [E]
VARIEGATED FAIRYWREN (Malurus lamberti) [E]
SPLENDID FAIRYWREN (Malurus splendens) [E]
SUPERB FAIRYWREN (Malurus cyaneus) [E]
WHITE-WINGED FAIRYWREN (Malurus leucopterus) [E]
EASTERN SPINEBILL (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) [E]
How many shades of blue are there? Splendid Fairywren was named by understatement. This is one FINE bird. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
WESTERN SPINEBILL (Acanthorhynchus superciliosus) [E]
LEWIN'S HONEYEATER (Meliphaga lewinii) [E]
WHITE-FRONTED HONEYEATER (Purnella albifrons) [E]
YELLOW-FACED HONEYEATER (Caligavis chrysops) [E]
NOISY MINER (Manorina melanocephala) [E]
YELLOW-THROATED MINER (Manorina flavigula) [E]
SPINY-CHEEKED HONEYEATER (Acanthagenys rufogularis) [E]
LITTLE WATTLEBIRD (Anthochaera chrysoptera) [E]
RED WATTLEBIRD (Anthochaera carunculata) [E]
The range-restricted Origma (or Rockwarbler) was very showy on some seaside cliffs near Sydney. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
SINGING HONEYEATER (Gavicalis virescens) [E]
YELLOW-PLUMED HONEYEATER (Ptilotula ornata) [E]
WHITE-PLUMED HONEYEATER (Ptilotula penicillata) [E]
FUSCOUS HONEYEATER (Ptilotula fusca) [E]
GRAY-HEADED HONEYEATER (Ptilotula keartlandi) [E]
GRAY-FRONTED HONEYEATER (Ptilotula plumula) [E]
WHITE-FRONTED CHAT (Epthianura albifrons) [E]
TAWNY-CROWNED HONEYEATER (Gliciphila melanops) [E]
BROWN HONEYEATER (Lichmera indistincta) [E]
A wonderfully bizarre Black-breasted Kite was checking out a "roadkilled" bottle on the side of the highway near Alice Springs when we drove up to it. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
CRESCENT HONEYEATER (Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus) [E]
NEW HOLLAND HONEYEATER (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) [E]
WHITE-CHEEKED HONEYEATER (Phylidonyris niger) [E]
WHITE-EARED HONEYEATER (Nesoptilotis leucotis) [E]
GILBERT'S HONEYEATER (Melithreptus chloropsis) [E]
WHITE-NAPED HONEYEATER (Melithreptus lunatus) [E]
BROWN-HEADED HONEYEATER (Melithreptus brevirostris) [E]
WESTERN BRISTLEBIRD (Dasyornis longirostris) [E]
How is this even a real bird? Spinifex Pigeons paraded around in front of us at Ormiston Gorge in the Red Centre near Alice Springs. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
RUFOUS BRISTLEBIRD (Dasyornis broadbenti) [E]
SPOTTED PARDALOTE (Pardalotus punctatus) [E]
SPOTTED PARDALOTE (YELLOW-RUMPED) (Pardalotus punctatus xanthopyge) [E]
RED-BROWED PARDALOTE (Pardalotus rubricatus) [E]
STRIATED PARDALOTE (Pardalotus striatus) [E]
Acanthizidae (Thornbills and Allies)
ROCKWARBLER (Origma solitaria) [E]
WHITE-BROWED SCRUBWREN (Sericornis frontalis) [E]
LARGE-BILLED SCRUBWREN (Sericornis magnirostra) [E]
The Malleefowl, king (queen in this case) of the mound-builders, showed off admirably near her mound in the mallee near Little Desert National Park, sometimes walking with a few feet of members of our group. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
SPECKLED WARBLER (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus) [E]
RUFOUS FIELDWREN (Calamanthus campestris) [E]
SHY HEATHWREN (Hylacola cauta) [E]
BUFF-RUMPED THORNBILL (Acanthiza reguloides) [E]
WESTERN THORNBILL (Acanthiza inornata) [E]
SLENDER-BILLED THORNBILL (Acanthiza iredalei) [E]
BROWN THORNBILL (Acanthiza pusilla) [E]
INLAND THORNBILL (Acanthiza apicalis) [E]
YELLOW-RUMPED THORNBILL (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) [E]
CHESTNUT-RUMPED THORNBILL (Acanthiza uropygialis) [E]
We were very pleased to find the nomadic and scarce White-fronted Honeyeater at Little Desert. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
SLATY-BACKED THORNBILL (Acanthiza robustirostris) [E]
STRIATED THORNBILL (Acanthiza lineata) [E]
WEEBILL (Smicrornis brevirostris) [E]
BROWN GERYGONE (Gerygone mouki) [E]
WESTERN GERYGONE (Gerygone fusca) [E]
SOUTHERN WHITEFACE (Aphelocephala leucopsis) [E]
GRAY-CROWNED BABBLER (Pomatostomus temporalis) [E]
WHITE-BROWED BABBLER (Pomatostomus superciliosus) [E]
CHESTNUT-CROWNED BABBLER (Pomatostomus ruficeps) [E]
Psophodidae (Whipbirds and Wedgebills)
EASTERN WHIPBIRD (Psophodes olivaceus) [E]
This exquisite Diamond Firetail flew in above a waterhole that we were watching at Little Desert Nature Lodge. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
WESTERN WHIPBIRD (Psophodes nigrogularis) [E]
CHIMING WEDGEBILL (Psophodes occidentalis) [E]
Cinclosomatidae (Quail-thrushes and Jewel-babblers)
CHESTNUT QUAIL-THRUSH (Cinclosoma castanotum) [E]
WHITE-BREASTED WOODSWALLOW (Artamus leucorynchus)
BLACK-FACED WOODSWALLOW (Artamus cinereus) [E]
DUSKY WOODSWALLOW (Artamus cyanopterus) [E]
LITTLE WOODSWALLOW (Artamus minor) [E]
Cracticidae (Bellmagpies and Allies)
GRAY BUTCHERBIRD (Cracticus torquatus) [E]
We had to walk a lot of circles through the spikey spinifex, but eventually it paid off with good views of this Striated Grasswren in Hattah-Kulkyne National Park in Victoria. Later, we saw quite a few Dusky Grasswrens near Alice Springs, too! Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
PIED BUTCHERBIRD (Cracticus nigrogularis) [E]
AUSTRALIAN MAGPIE (Gymnorhina tibicen)
PIED CURRAWONG (Strepera graculina) [E]
GRAY CURRAWONG (Strepera versicolor) [E]
BLACK-FACED CUCKOOSHRIKE (Coracina novaehollandiae)
WHITE-WINGED TRILLER (Lalage tricolor)
VARIED SITTELLA (Daphoenositta chrysoptera) [E]
Pachycephalidae (Whistlers and Allies)
GRAY SHRIKETHRUSH (Colluricincla harmonica)
OLIVE WHISTLER (Pachycephala olivacea) [E]
Gang-gang Cockatoos were the prizes of our time in the Grampians of southern Victoria. The combination of those wispy red head plumes and the olive cast to the gray upperparts is a pattern unmatched by any other bird species. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
GILBERT'S WHISTLER (Pachycephala inornata) [E]
GOLDEN WHISTLER (Pachycephala pectoralis)
WESTERN WHISTLER (Pachycephala occidentalis)
RUFOUS WHISTLER (Pachycephala rufiventris)
Oreoicidae (Australo-Papuan Bellbirds)
CRESTED BELLBIRD (Oreoica gutturalis) [E]
WILLIE-WAGTAIL (Rhipidura leucophrys)
GRAY FANTAIL (Rhipidura albiscapa)
This rodent-like bird is a Noisy Scrub-bird, one of the planet's most challenging birds. Challenging to see, that is - they were loud enough to hear hundreds of meters away, but seeing one cross a roadway was a real stroke of fortune. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
Monarchidae (Monarch Flycatchers)
BLACK-FACED MONARCH (Monarcha melanopsis) [E]
MAGPIE-LARK (Grallina cyanoleuca)
LEADEN FLYCATCHER (Myiagra rubecula)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
TORRESIAN CROW (Corvus orru)
LITTLE CROW (Corvus bennetti) [E]
AUSTRALIAN RAVEN (Corvus coronoides) [E]
LITTLE RAVEN (Corvus mellori) [E]
FOREST RAVEN (Corvus tasmanicus) [E]
Corcoracidae (White-winged Chough and Apostlebird)
WHITE-WINGED CHOUGH (Corcorax melanorhamphos) [E]
New Holland Honeyeaters respond remarkably well to squeaking. Photo by participant Linda Rudolph.
Petroicidae (Australasian Robins)
JACKY-WINTER (Microeca fascinans)
SCARLET ROBIN (Petroica boodang) [E]
RED-CAPPED ROBIN (Petroica goodenovii) [E]
HOODED ROBIN (Melanodryas cucullata) [E]
EASTERN YELLOW ROBIN (Eopsaltria australis) [E]
WESTERN YELLOW ROBIN (Eopsaltria griseogularis) [E]
WHITE-BREASTED ROBIN (Eopsaltria georgiana) [E]
SOUTHERN SCRUB-ROBIN (Drymodes brunneopygia) [E]
EURASIAN SKYLARK (Alauda arvensis) [I]
We saw Australia's largest owl species, Powerful Owl, on day roosts in two different parks within the city of Sydney. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
WELCOME SWALLOW (Hirundo neoxena)
FAIRY MARTIN (Petrochelidon ariel) [E]
TREE MARTIN (Petrochelidon nigricans)
WHITE-BACKED SWALLOW (Cheramoeca leucosterna) [E]
Acrocephalidae (Reed-Warblers and Allies)
AUSTRALIAN REED-WARBLER (Acrocephalus australis)
Locustellidae (Grassbirds and Allies)
SPINIFEX-BIRD (Megalurus carteri) [E]
LITTLE GRASSBIRD (Megalurus gramineus)
RUFOUS SONGLARK (Megalurus mathewsi) [E]
This lovely Square-tailed Kite patrolled the treetops of the Dryandra Woodland in Western Australia. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
Cisticolidae (Cisticolas and Allies)
GOLDEN-HEADED CISTICOLA (Cisticola exilis)
Zosteropidae (White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies)
SILVER-EYE (Zosterops lateralis)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
BASSIAN THRUSH (Zoothera lunulata)
EURASIAN BLACKBIRD (Turdus merula) [I]
EUROPEAN STARLING (Sturnus vulgaris) [I]
COMMON MYNA (Acridotheres tristis) [I]
MISTLETOEBIRD (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)
Participant Bill Byers shared this image of a Pied Stilt in flight.
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
AUSTRALASIAN PIPIT (AUSTRALIAN) (Anthus novaeseelandiae australis)
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)
EUROPEAN GREENFINCH (Chloris chloris) [I]
EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH (Carduelis carduelis) [I]
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus) [I]
Estrildidae (Waxbills and Allies)
PAINTED FIRETAIL (Emblema pictum) [E]
RED-EARED FIRETAIL (Stagonopleura oculata) [E]
DIAMOND FIRETAIL (Stagonopleura guttata) [E]
ZEBRA FINCH (AUSTRALIAN) (Taeniopygia guttata castanotis)
As far as "little skulky brown birds" go, the Rufous-crowned Emuwren is a pretty classy species. This male was busy helping to feed a growing baby Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo in the spinifex-covered hills near Alice Springs. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
KOALA (Phascolarctos cinereus) [E]
BLACK-FOOTED ROCK-WALLABY (Petrogale lateralis) [E]
EASTERN GRAY KANGAROO (Macropus giganteus) [E]
WESTERN GRAY KANGAROO (Macropus fuliginosus) [E]
COMMON WALLAROO (Macropus robustus) [E]
SWAMP WALLABY (Wallabia bicolor) [E]
GRAY-HEADED FLYING-FOX (Pteropus poliocephalus) [E]
OLD WORLD RABBIT (Oryctolagus cuniculus) [I]
CAPE HARE (Lepus capensis) [I]
WATER-RAT (Hydromys chrysogaster) [E]
Near the conclusion of our tour, we delighted in these tiny Rock Parrots on the lawn at Cape Hamelin in Western Australia. Photo by guide Tom Johnson.
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN (Tursiops truncatus)
HUMPBACK WHALE (Megaptera novaeangliae)
RED FOX (Vulpes vulpes) [I]
Totals for the tour: 276 bird taxa and 13 mammal taxa