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Home of eleven endemics and we find them all plus many other birds temperate rainforests, national parks, tall cliffs, low bushland you find birds anywhere. Well worth a visit for both birds and the scenery.

 


Birdwatching Tours :

TOP END

Bird Watching in Darwin – Half-day Tour (Morning or Afternoon)

Laughing Kookaburra
Rainbow Pitta

This Half-Day Tour is a great way for those with limited time to see some of the incredible birdlife around Darwin. Whether you’re a beginner, an enthusiastic twitcher or a qualified ornithologist your guide will show you some of the 300-plus species recorded in Darwin - from the Red-necked Avocet to the Zitting Cisticola and everything in between.

 

The Half-Day Tour takes you to habitats rich in bird-life within Darwin. You will visit monsoon rainforest in search of the endemic Rainbow Pitta and the colourful Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove; coastal foreshores in search of shorebirds, Sacred Kingfisher and Beach Stone-curlew; mangroves for Red-headed Honeyeater, Collared Kingfisher and Chestnut Rail; wetlands for a variety of water birds including the iconic Black-necked Stork (Jabiru); and savannah woodland for Forest Kingfisher, various Finch species and the Spangled Drongo.

 

Morning Half-day
Hotel Pick-up: 7 am / Hotel Drop-off: midday

Inclusions: Use of binoculars, drinking water, morning tea.

Tour Cost: AUD $110.00 per person (minimum 2 persons)


Evening Half-day

Hotel Pick-up: 2pm / Hotel Drop-off: 7pm

Inclusions: Use of binoculars, drinking water, sunset drinks and canapés.

Tour Cost: AUD $110.00 per person (minimum 2 persons)

Tour Code: xxxxx

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Fogg Dam
Fogg Dam

Full Day Bird Watching in Darwin, Fogg Dam and Surrounds

This Full-Day Tour is the best way to see some of the 300-plus recorded birds of Darwin and surrounds. The tour ventures beyond Darwin and visits the bird-rich wetlands of Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. You also visit the Adelaide River and Mary River regions for a chance to see species not found in Darwin such as the endangered Gouldian Finch.

 

Whether you’re a beginner, an enthusiastic twitcher or a qualified ornithologist your birding guide will show you some of the 300-plus species recorded of Darwin and surrounds - from the Red-necked Avocet to the Zitting Cisticola and everything in between.

 

The Full-Day Tour takes you to habitats rich in bird-life within and outside Darwin. You will visit monsoon rainforest in search of the endemic Rainbow Pitta and colourful Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove; coastal foreshores in search of shorebirds, Sacred Kingfisher and Beach Stone-curlew; mangroves for Redheaded Honeyeater, Collared Kingfisher and Chestnut Rail; wetlands and billabongs for a variety of water birds including the iconic Black-necked Stork (Jabiru) and Brolga; and savannah woodland for Blue-winged Kookaburra, Red-backed Kingfisher and the endangered Gouldian Finch.

 

Hotel Pick-up: 7 am / Hotel Drop-off: 7 pm

Inclusions: Use of Binoculars, morning tea, lunch, drinking water, sunset drinks and canapés.

 

Each tour involves some driving in a comfortable, fully equipped 4WD as well as short walks and requires a good level of mobility and moderate fitness. Due to the seasonal nature of the Top End some habitat types may not be accessible on the day of your tour.

 

Tour Cost: AUD $178 per person – minimum 2 – maximum 6 passengers. Tour departs daily on request.


Tour departs on request.

 

Tour Code: BD1DS

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2 Day / 1 Night Kakadu Birding Tour - from Darwin

Day 1:
Depart Darwin early this morning on a private birding tour to Kakadu National Park. Travel from Darwin to the Mary River region where we have a chance to see the rare and endangered Gouldian Finch. Additional species include Black Bittern, Crimson, Masked, Long-tailed and Double-barred Finches, Rufous Whistler, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and Great Bowerbird.

 

Jabiru

Black-necked Stork
(Jabiru)

We cross over the South Alligator River floodplains on the lookout for Yellow Chat, Spotted Harrier, Letter-winged Kite and Zitting Cisticola. Then to Mamukala wetlands for wetland birds including Plumed and Wandering Whistling Ducks, Magpie Goose, Green Pygmy-goose and Comb-crested Jacana, and woodland birds such as Buff-sided Robin and Black-eared Cuckoo and birds of prey such as Black-breasted Buzzard and Square-tailed Kite.

 

After lunch (own expense), a walk on the Manngarre Walk on the East Alligator River in search of rainforest species such as Rainbow Pitta, Little Shrike-thrush and Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove.

 

We then drive to Ubirr in search of the sandstone endemics of the Arnhem escarpment. On the way we hope to encounter Partridge Pigeon crossing the road. Walk atop Ubirr in search of Whitelined Honeyeater, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon. We have the opportunity to view and learn about the ancient Aboriginal rock art at this site. Continue to Bardedjilidji Sandstone Walk to increase our chances of the sandstone endemics. Rainbow Pitta also resides in this area.

 

Shining Flycatcher
Shining Flycatcher (Female)

Day 2 – Cooinda, Kakadu NP to Darwin

A morning Yellow Water Cruise (2 hrs) gives us the chance for wetland birds such as the secretive Great-billed Heron and Black Bittern, Flycatchers and Azure and Little Kingfishers. The rare and endangered Red Goshawk has been seen in this region. Morning tea at Nawurlandja lookout. This is another great place to spot Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon, Sandstone Shrike-thrush, White-lined Honeyeater and Banded Fruit-Dove.

 

Visit Nourlangie Rock to view an ancient Aboriginal shelter and Aboriginal rock art. This is another great area for the sandstone endemics including the ‘Sandstone Friarbird’ – a sub-species of the Helmeted Friarbird. Other notable species here include Emerald Dove and Northern Rosella.

 

Lunch at your own expense. After lunch depart for Darwin.

 

After lunch, we depart Kakadu National Park and visit Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve for an abundance of waterbirds including Brolga, Jabiru, White-browed Crake and Buff-banded Rail.

 

Return to Darwin at around 6.30pm.

 

Inclusions: Road transportation, expert bird guiding of the region, Kakadu National Park entry fee, accommodation, breakfast. Yellow Water cruise, morning tea, cold drinks and drinking water.

 

Accommodation: from 3 star to 4.5 star.

 

Tour Cost: from AUD $1,599.00 per person, twin share (2 people); AUD $943.00 per person, twin share (4 people). Cost valid from April to October 2010. Tour departs daily on request.

Tour Code: BD2KF

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4 Day / 3 Night Mary River, Kakadu & Pine Creek Birding Tour – from Darwin

Day 1 – Darwin to Mary River

Crimson Finch
Crimson Finch

Pick-up Darwin accommodation for the start of your tour. We will visit the mangroves of Darwin in search of the secretive Chestnut rail. We hope to encounter several mangrove species including Red-headed Honeyeater, Collared Kingfisher, Black Butcherbird, Yellow White-eye, Mangrove Golden Whistler and Green-backed Gerygone.

 

Visit Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve for morning tea and an abundance of waterbirds including Brolga, Jabiru, White-browed Crake and Buff-banded Rail.

 

Continue for a drive along the Marrakai Track for woodland species such as Chestnut-backed Button-quail, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Varied Sitella, Gouldian Finch and Red-backed Kingfisher, followed by a picnic lunch in the Mary River region where Gouldian Finches have been known to visit.

 

In the afternoon search for Rufous Owl, Barking Owl, Partridge Pigeon, Northern Rosella, as well as Buff-sided Robin. Additional species include Black Bittern, Crimson, Masked, Long-tailed and Double-barred Finches, Rufous Whistler, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and Great Bowerbird.

 

Later join a cruise on Mary River and look for Black Bittern, Great-billed Heron, white morph of Grey Goshawk, Pacific Baza, Azure and Little Kingfishers. You are also likely to see saltwater and freshwater crocodiles.

 

Overnight at Mary River Park.

 

Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth

Day 2 – Mary River to Kakadu

An early start this morning to try and see Gouldian Finches before departing Mary River Park after breakfast and travelling towards Kakadu National Park. En route we will search for rainforest species such as Rainbow Pitta, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove and Little Shrike-thrush, then on to the South Alligator River floodplains for Yellow Chat, Spotted Harrier, Letter-winged Kite and Zitting Cisticola.

 

The Mamukala wetlands provide excellent viewing of wetland birds including Plumed and Wandering Whistling Ducks, Magpie Goose, Green Pygmy-goose and Comb-crested Jacana, as well as woodland birds such as Buff-sided Robin and Black-eared Cuckoo and birds of prey such as Black-breasted Buzzard and Square-tailed Kite.

 

After lunch, drive to Ubirr to search for the sandstone endemics of the Arnhem escarpment. On the way we hope to encounter Partridge Pigeon crossing the road. Walk atop Ubirr in search of Whitelined Honeyeater, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon. We have the opportunity to view and learn about the ancient Aboriginal rock art at this site.

 

We will continue to the Bardedjilidji Walk to increase our chances of the sandstone endemics. Rainbow Pitta also resides in this area.

 

Return to Jabiru keeping an eye out for the nocturnal birds such as Spotted and Large-tailed Nightjars, Australian Owlet-nightjar, Tawny Frogmouth, Barking and Rufous Owls.

 

Overnight in Jabiru.

 

Waterlilies
Waterlilies

Day 3 – Kakadu to Pine Creek

This morning, depart for Nourlangie Rock to view an ancient Aboriginal shelter and Aboriginal rock art. This is another great area for the sandstone endemics. Here we are on the look-out for Banded Fruit-Dove. Continue to Nawurlandja lookout - another great place to spot Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and Banded Fruit-Dove.

 

A late morning cruise on Yellow Water Billabong will provide us with great opportunities for wetland birds, Flycatchers, Azure and Little Kingfishers. Whistling Duck and Magpie Goose are abundant.

 

After lunch, depart for Gunlom Falls in the south-west area of Kakadu National Park. On the way we will keep an eye out for Hooded Parrot amongst the Cathedral termite mounds. At Gunlom Falls we climb the escarpment in search of the rare and endangered White-throated Grasswren. Then take a refreshing swim in the natural plunge pool at the base of the falls.

 

Late afternoon, depart Gunlom and travel out of Kakadu National Park to the small town of Pine Creek for overnight. The Pine Creek Water Gardens attract a number of species including Great Bowerbird and Red-winged Parrot.

 

Overnight at Pine Creek.

 

Day 4 – Pine Creek to Darwin

Double Barred Finch
Double-barred Finch

An early rise this morning to visit the sewage ponds. Several bird species are to be found in the vicinity but one regular is the little Black-fronted Dotterel which breeds here. Finches - Masked, Long-tailed and Double-barred are common as is Red-backed Fairy-wren. Cockatiel, Hooded Parrot, Red-winged Parrot, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and two species of woodswallow may also be seen.

 

There may also be an opportunity to catch a glimpse of Gouldian Finch in this area. Also found throughout the area in suitable habitat is the endemic Partridge Pigeon.

 

Travel south to Edith Falls Road and other hotspots for another chance to see Hooded Parrot and Gouldian Finch.

 

In the afternoon, travel north west on the Stuart Highway and return to Darwin.

 

Inclusions: Road transportation, expert bird guiding of the region, Kakadu National Park entry fee, accommodation, breakfast. Yellow Water cruise, morning tea, cold drinks and drinking water.

 

Accommodation: from 3 star to 4.5 star.

 

Tour Cost:AUD $xxxx.00 per person, twin share (2 people); AUD $xxx.00 per person, twin share (4 people). Cost valid from April to October 2010. Tour departs daily on request.

 

Tour Code: BD4KP

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CENTRAL AUSTRALIA

 

3 Day / 2 Night Alice Springs Birding Tour – from Alice Springs

Day 01. You will be collected from Alice Springs Airport this morning and taken to your hotel to check in.

 

In the afternoon with your private guide, a visit to Emily and Jessie Gaps provides a great introduction to the Central Australia region, both excellent sites for desert mountain specialties such as Little Woodswallow and Grey-headed Honeyeater. These areas are also important Aboriginal cultural sites for caterpillar and emu dreamings.

 

Dusky Grasswren
Dusky Grasswren

Then on to Simpson’s Gap National Park to look for Grey Falcon, Mulga Parrot, Golden-backed Honeyeater, Turquoise Fairy-wren, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Pied Butcherbird, Crested Bellbird, Zebra Finch, Painted Firetail, and the elusive Dusky Grasswren. We will time our visit in the hope to see the Black-flanked Rock Wallaby colony and Simpson’s Gap’s resident Peregrine Falcons.

 

Return to Alice Springs and your hotel.

 

Day 02. A very early morning departure for today’s birding. Greet the dawn at a beautiful mature spinifex grassland site south of Alice Springs in search of the elusive Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Spinifex Bird and *Dusky Grasswren (*dependent on weather conditions) - these birds are challenging but at the top of every birder's Central Australian 'bucket list'!

 

 

Dusky Grasswren
Spinifex Pigeon

Late morning we visit Olive Pink Botanic Garden, a delightful historic native garden which is an excellent site for Western Bowerbird, Splendid Fairy Wren and occasionally Grey Honeyeater.

 

In the afternoon, spend two hours at the Alice Springs Desert Park, one of the world's finest bioparks- a large zoo, botanic garden and nature reserve all integrated into one. All animals and plants here are from within 200km of Alice Springs- a fantastic showcase of desert biodiversity. See charismatic desert animals such as Thorny Devil, Bilby and even the extinct-in-the-wild Mala.

 

The Alice Springs Desert Park is also a great place for birding: Spinifex Pigeon and Painted Finch are frequent. Desirable rarities such as Slaty-backed Thornbill and Grey Honeyeater are very possible.

 

Overnight at your Alice Springs hotel.

 

Day 03. Early morning at Alice Springs Water Treatment Works to view large numbers of outback nomads such as Red-necked Avocet, Pink-eared Duck and Black-winged Stilt and Black-tailed Native Hens as well as the first of the East Siberian migrants which will be spending the Northern Hemisphere winter here in the outback: Wood, Marsh, Pectoral and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Little Curlew and the glorious Oriental Plover are all strong possibilities.

 

Nearby chenopod habitat hosts Crimson Chat, White-winged Fairy Wren and occasionally Orange Chat. Raptors often include Little Eagle and Black Falcon.

 

Return to your hotel then transfer to Alice Springs Airport for your departure flight.


Tour Cost:
On application, based on 2, 4 or more people travelling. Available also for single. Tour departs on request, and subject to availability.

Tour Code: NBA3CA

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NT2

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Tour Cost:
AUD $1,180.00 per person, twin share. Single Supplement: AUD $225.00
Tour departs daily on request, except Christmas Day – minimum 2 passengers.

Tour Code: NM3GR 

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