Southeast Australia birding trip report 6-26 October 2013
John van der Woude   -   www.jvanderw.nl
Maps, photos of birding sites, photos of birds, species list.   Note: this is a report of 45 MB!
This trip was our next step into the Australian avifauna, after our start in 2010 in the Southwest (see report). We were particularly going after species which would be new for us. Also, we wanted to see a broad range of sites in the Southeast, so we did not stay long at any site.

The trip was a private, self-guided trip by rental cars from Melbourne and Hobart, staying mostly in motels which we reserved only a day or so ahead during the trip. We mostly had our own breakfast in the motel rooms (tea/coffee facilities always present in the room), enjoyed the bakeries for coffee and a pie or a sandwich, and had evening meals at restaurants that always could be found near the motels. Toohey New was the best beer and nearly always available.
On the first day (You Yangs and Werribee) Richard Nowotny from Melbourne was so kind to guide us. In Deniliquin we joined a day&night trip of Philip Maher.

The temperatures during our trip were highly variable but it was mostly sunny and nearly always dry. The large bush fires hampered our days near Sydney only a little. 
We both had caught a nasty cold on the otherwise comfortable flight with recommendable Etihad from Amsterdam to Melbourne.

The Avis rental car on the mainland was a Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD, a cheap upgrade from our more normal car, but it definitely helped us to get more off the beaten track, and was also easy for sudden roadside stops. Naturally, sitting higher in the car gives a better view on birds in grassland etc. We mostly drove the longer distances in the afternoon, after birding in the morning.

We used quite some birdfinding books on this trip but we found the near lack or quality of site maps a slight nuisance, so in this report I give you dozens of maps, based on Google Maps or just photos of maps on display at the entrance of parks. The best birdfinding book, and very useful, is the yearly updated Birding Australia by Lloyd Nielsen (see birdingaustralia.co.au). From there you will find your way to any other books you may think useful, although many birds can be found just on your own by looking for the right habitat at the birding sites described by Nielsen (and with the help of the maps below for the sites we visited; for other birding sites, try Google Maps and the many government web pages describing the sites and giving some maps).
Of course, more details for the maps shown here can be obtained by using Google Maps, and particularly so for general position, scale and satellite images/streetview images to see the vegetation.


Below, we describe the birding sites in chronological sequence, by presenting a map and some photos of the landscape, plus a few bird photos.


Our main birding sites 
of this trip: 

1 = Werribee & You Yangs

2 = Hattah-Kulkyne NP
3 = road Mildura - Broken Hill
4 = outback N of Broken Hill 
5 = road Broken Hill - Wilcannia
6 = NW of Cobar

7 = state forest NE of Dubbo
8 = Capertee valley & surrounds
9 = Munghorn Gap NR
10 = Barrington Tops NP
11 = Kooragang island
12 = Sydney 
       (bot. gardens & Royal NP)
13 = Barren Grounds NP

14 = Chiltern NP
15 = Deniliquin









Tasmania:
16 = S of Hobart
17 = Strahan & descend from pass
18 = N coast Tas
19 = Freycinet NP

 

 

 

 


1 = You Yangs regional park and Little River; 2 = Werribee wetlands, 3 = botanical gardens of Melbourne.


The border woodland of You Yangs. Scarlet Robin, both pardalotes, Varied Sitella, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Sacred Kingfisher and others.


Adult Rufous Whistler above, male Spotted Pardalote below.


Diverse habitats inside You Yangs RP.


Sulphur-crested Cockatoo foraging; Common Bronzewing.


Royal Spoonbill in Werribee.


Werribee marshes. Werribee is the general name for a complex of wetlands of the Water Treatment area where access is regulated. We went with there with permit holder Richard Nowotny. Some of the area can be seen without a permit from border roads. Some of the lifers here included Black-tailed Nativehen, Hardhead, Little Grassbird, White-fronted Chat.


In a small and shallow marshy part of Werribee we had a surprising large number of Baillon's Crake, probably ten. In the same small marsh was the Australian Spotted Crake of the photo below.


Werribee. Red-necked Stints above, and below with Red-keed Dotterel (2), Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (4), Curlew Sandpiper (1). The rednecks and sharpies may be common birds here, for us from Europe these two species are top birds!


On our way from the Melbourne area to the mallee region in the NW corner of Victoria we had a few stops along the Calder Highway at promising picnic sites, like for this Eastern Rosella. At another P in open eucalyptus woodland we had Musk Lorikeet. At the P opposite the road to Mt. Korong we had our first Noisy Miners. 


Hattah-Kulkyne NP is a great area to bird and consists mainly of mallee woodland. It is close to the highway and has easy access to the best parts, mostly also without 4WD. Yet, thanks to our 4WD we managed to do the interesting track from west to east in the north of the park (see sat image below). Arrow above indicates where side road (Hattah-Robinvale rd) to main entrance should be taken. The long  and winding dirt road visible in the left part of the sat image is the Old Calder Highway, which deserves many stops and can also be used as entrance when coming from the north (Mildura). 
The 2WD Nowingi track in the left upper corner of the sat image, and the start of the 4WD track leading from there east, were our best birding sites within the park.
Accommodation and food are available in Ouyen and Mildura. In Ouyen, the old-fashioned Victoria hotel & pub has great food. The rooms there are a Victorian experience and certainly cheap! In Mildura are loads of motels.


 The mallee vegetation is named after the multi-stemmed eucalyptus.


Most of the Rainbow Beeeaters of the whole trip were in the Hattah park


The vast expanse of mallee in Hattah-Kulkyne NP.


Mulga Parrot invoked nice memories from our previous trip in Australia, in the Southwest. We also had Regent Parrot here.


Water for the birds. useful to stay a while here in the car and see what comes to drink. Along the Old Calder Highway inside the Hattah park.


Emus were not so common on this trip as on the previous trip in the Southwest.


Kangaroos, above with joey.


The main prize of the mallee region is Malleefowl. We saw it only once, along the Nowingi track in Hattah, and even that only thanks to a friendly German couple who, just arrived and unaware yet of its scarcity, casually pointed it out to us. Note that this is a real wild one, far from any habitation.


The typical multi-stemmed mallee Eucalyptus.


Me and the car on the 4WD track traversing the park from west to east.


Rufous Whistler again, but now in immature plumage.


The prehistoric looking lizard called Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa).


Red-capped Robin in a drier part of Hattah park, near Lake Konardin.


Along the road from Mildura to Broken Hill (nr 3 on the map) we had many raptors, including Little Eagle and Hobby.


At one third along this road we crossed the Darling Anabranch, where at least 17 Black-tailed Nativehen were foraging. Also two Blue Bonnets, in the stand of trees visible behind the bridge.


At a car park Nollie takes pictures of Yellow-throated Miners. From this car park at the large Popitah lake we saw large groups of Grey Teal, Pink-eared Duck and pelicans.


Broken Hill is an outpost town in the outback, where we stayed in the Daydream motel (AUD 89). At 1 is the interesting broad Stephens Creek. At 2 the sparse semi-desert vegetation prevails.


The Stephens Creek at 1 on the above map. Tree Martin, White-browed Babbler, Aplostlebird.


In the semi-desert further north of Broken Hill the main bird to see and especially hear was Chirruping Wedgebill. The cliffs of the dry creek below had a colony of White-backed Swallow.


Driving east from Broken Hill  we first had some nice birds like Zebra Finch and Diamond Dove at parking places. After Wilcannia the vegetation gradually became taller, like on the photo above. Just before Cobar we had large numbers of Masked and especially White-browed Woodswallow.


The friendly town Cobar is situated in the interesting transition zone from the inland semi-desert to the forested mountainous region along the East coast. The two photos below are from the track along the electricity poles west of point 2. This track was full of birds during our visit, probably just because so much bushes and trees were fruiting then. Black, White-fronted, Spiny-cheeked and Blue-faced Honeyeater, Mulga Parrot, Crested Bellbird, Spotted Bowerbird, Grey-crowned babbler, Little Friarbird, and many more, just from 7 till 10 in the morning.
After a coffee at the Hot Bake bakery in the centre (at the lower side of the C of Cobar on the map) we also visited shortly the Newey water recreation area at 3, with Red-kneed and Black-fronted Dotterel and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
We stayed at the pleasant Cobar Crossroads motel at 1.


Along the main road from Cobar east, a few km before Nyngan, we had our only Cockatiel (apart from the ones we were shown in Deniliquin). A pair in a tree with many holes.


Fairy Martins gathering mud for their nests below a bridge near Nyngan. After Nyngan, we took the scenic and quiet road along Warren to Gilgandra (many kestrels), a slight detour on our way from Nyngan to Dubbo. At Warren is a new wetland, where we saw c. 500 Australian Ibis.


More and more mature woodland further east.


Dubbo may not be the prettiest town in SE Australia but it has a huge forest along the Mendooran road northeast of town, the Goonoo state forest. We birded at 1, see also below, a five-junction, where we walked the track going to 2. At 2, we had our first Buff-rumped Thornbill, White-throated Treecreper and Speckled Warbler (50st lifer of the trip).


The track near location 2 on the above map.


Mixed woodland further on along the Mendooran road.


The famous Capertee valley, starting at 1 (hamlet Capertee), winding along road 2 (mixed woodland and pastures) to Glen Davis at 3. For us, the best birding in this area was east of Glen Davis, see also the sat image below. The road along 2 is asphalted until the junction Glen Davis - Glen Alice, but the dirt roads after that are good as well. Site 4, west of Glen Alice, is where we had our Regent Honeyeater.


Glen Davis and the narrowing valley east. 1 is where you leave the main dirt road and take the meandering smaller dirt road along the Capertee river to site 2, the wide open simple campsite. Most of our birds were along the forested valley just right of the middle of the sat image and north and south of 2.


In the Capertee valley about 10 km from the start. Little Lorikeet as best bird, a group in the trees along the road.


The side creek at 2 in the sat image of Glen Davis. In the forest west of this we had Superb Lyrebird and Bell Miner, and at this creek Scarlet Honeyeater.


Monitor Lizard on the campsite (number 2 on the sat image)


At the farthest east end of the Capertee river, with Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, and Crested Shrike-Tit attacking a Collared Kingfisher.


The campsite of number 2 on the sat image. Our only White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike of the trip.


The site of our two Regent Honeyeaters (number 4 on the above map).


Munghorn Gap nature reserve NE of Mudgee (the same town from where we drove to Capertee). At 1 are cliffs with Rockwarbler, at 2 is the picnic site with an interesting forest border, with Painted Honeyeater.

Wollar, on the east side of Munghorn Gap NR, is a very nice and very quiet hamlet, where you really must visit the store/cafetaria at the petrol station. A little inside the hamlet was a large blossoming tree with many parrots. From Wollar we crossed Goulburn River national park to Merriwa.


The tall mixed forest along the Castle Rock trail in Munghorn Gap NR. A group of Yellow Thornbill here.


The rather hidden rock walls at 1 on the map (Rockwarbler).


Double-barred Finches along the road when coming out of Goulburn River NP towards Merriwa.


Dungog is a place to stay in order to visit the Barrington Tops NP. From Dungog, follow the Chicester Dam rd, then the Salisbury rd, which enters Barrington Tops NP near the picnic site of 1. There a trail leads to the gorge at c. 2. To climb further, drive the Williams Top rd along 3.


Along the Salisbury road just before entering Barrington Tops NP. A fruiting tree here attracted Eastern Spinebill, Lewin's Honeyeater, Australian King-Parrot.


The tall open forest with thiock undergrowth near the picnic site (1 on the map) was good for a fierce competition between several Eastern Whipbirds.


Australian King-Parrot along the Williams Top road.


Along most parts of the Williams Top road birding is worthwhile. At Williams Top is a car park. From there you can walk much further up (if not closed) or down along the river.


The very promising forest along the William's Top road. New birds here were Red-browed Treecreeper, Satin Bowerbird, Noisy Pitta, Green Catbird and Rose Robin.


We wanted to walk up a bit from William's Top but got no further than the gate: closed for all visitors. Maybe because of the bush fires which had just started in the Blue Mountains further south.


Near the lower car park in Barrington Tops NP. A small wallaby at the picnic site.


The Hunter estuary N of Newcastle has some fascinating habitats. It appears we only took a photo of a river branch with pelicans but there is a higher diversity with ponds, wetlands, drier areas, small woodlands etc. Cross the river at the arrow along the Maitland road (see below). Then slowly follow the rectangular roads.

Our stops for the various habitats along the rectangular roads in the Kooragang area (Hunter estuary). Mangrove Gerygone at 5. Waders only at 6. The photo with the pelicans is at 7. The open woodland at 3 had many nice species. In this general Kooragang area we had one of the most important birds of the whole trip, Australian Masked Owl, the pale morph, seen well (big, with round face) closeby in full daylight.


The Royal Botanic Gardens in the centre of Sydney are a delight to visit, if only for the Powerful Owl that often can be found in one of the very tall large trees. Ask at the information kiosk near 3 which tree lately. We had it at 4, see the owl photo below. Park your car somewhere at 2.


Huge smoke cloud coming from the Blue Mountains as seen from our motel room in Sydney suburb West Rhyde. It was a short period with devastating bush fires which were world news but luckily we had no problems. We found this sight a bit scary but as the golfers just went on as if nothing happened, we understood that Sydney itself would not be affected.


Another reason to visit the park is the good view of the Opera House and the famous bridge from point 1 on the map above, or from inside the park, see last photo below.


The Powerful Owl below was in one of the tallest trees in front of the skyscrapers! Although we had heard at the information kiosk which tree we should have, it was not easy to find the bird all the way in the top of the tree, and actually it was visible from two  square meter ground surface only.

Masked Lapwings are very tame on the lawns in the botanic garden. Dusky Moorhens are in the ponds.


Near the central part of the park, where the view of the Opera House is also good.


Royal National Park is another must-visit site of Sydney, at the very South of the city. Take the entrance at 1 and head straight to the visitor centre etc. at 2 (good coffee at the restaurant in the same open building). From there drive on a little to the P of the map below, in order to walk south for a few kms on the Lady Carrington 'Drive' (no cars allowed anymore).
At 3 is a nice sea inlet with good heath vegetation around the inlet. We left the park at 4, on our way south.


The car park at the start of the Lady Carrington Drive is a great place to scan the river banks an the tree tops. We had Azure Kingfisher around the bend left. Laughing Kookaburra was very tame in this car park.


The mixed forest along the Lady Carrington Drive. Brush Cuckoo, Large-biilled Scrubwren, Rockwarbler, Eastern Whipbird, Satin Bowerbird, Superb Lyrebird.


Shining Bronze-Cuckoo


The inlet at the west side of Royal National Park, at 3 on the map above. We had our only Channel-billed Cuckoo of the trip here. Interesting seaside vegetation of tall heath.


Barren Grounds nature reserve was another great place to visit, at 2 on the map. We first tried to visit Bass Point also (1 on the map) but that was closed. From the Barren Grounds picnic site we did  the 7 km round walk along the Griffiths Trail and the Natural Stone Bridge. To find Barren Grounds, follow the signs to Jamberoo and from there to Barren Grounds.


Barren Grounds consists of tall heath and grassy areas interspersed with woodland.


Besides good views of this Eastern Spinebill, we had our only Eastern Bristlebird, Pilotbird and Rufous Fantail of the trip here.


More pictures of Barren Grounds, the lowermost being of the Natural Stone Bridge.


Chiltern Box-Ironbark national park was much further inland again. Leave the highway at 1 and turn sharply onto the parallel road in order to reach the dirt roads around 2. Proceed to 3 (easy with normal car), the Honeyeater picnic site, right in the best bird habitat. Afterwards we made the 4WD circuit along 4, in more hilly and drier woodland.


The typical box ironwood habitat (I suppose) near the Honeyeater picnic site at 3. The forest floor was very green due to rains in the preceding period, but we were assured by a warden that the fresh grass would be gone in a few weeks. Yellow-tufted, Brown-headed and Fuscous Honeyeater, the latter being a lifer.


I suppose these trees are ironbark, given the texture and colour of the bark, which must be heaven for Brown Treecreeper.

Deniliquin was our last stop on the mainland. We stayed here two nights, in order to join the excursion with Philip Maher. This is a full day plus evening. We started at 06.30 h for the open woodlands, had a rest in our motel from 12.30 to 14.30 h, and then went on until after midnight for the more open areas plus of course the night drive for Plainswanderer etc.
We only could join an existing party of two birders as Philip was fully occupied these weeks. When really going for still missing target species, it's better to have Philip on a private trip of course, because even during a full day choices have to be made after which species to go. We got seven lifers during the day trip and another six during the night drive, so we were happy and enjoyed the company of the other two birders. Moreover it is questionable if we would have seen other personal but difficult target species like Budgerigar and Orange Chat if we would have taken more time for that. Buttonquails had had a hard time and we saw none.

Our motel was the Deniliquin Motel, at a quiet location (1) and at only 100 m from a nice Thai restaurant in a local sports club.
On the map, 2 is the woodland of the morning excursion, and 3 is where we took the road to 4 on our own when we left the region after the second night. 4 is at the Victorian side of the river.

 

From here, four photos of the habitat of this typical open woodland, where we found Suberp Parrot (male on photo below).

Diamond Firetail was a fine target species in this open forest.


Plumed Whistling-Duck was a lifer for us, there were hundreds in a pond area near Deniliquin. Fro here we gradually went up north to more open areas, and got a pair of Black Falcon with the male carrying a Galah as prey.


Philip Maher pointing out a bird for one of the other two birders. Philip plants bushes on several plots in the surrounding of Deniliquin. These revegetation plots can be magnets for special birds like Black Honeyeater. 
This was the only site on our whole trip where we saw Striped Honeyeater (photo below).


One of the highlights of the day excursion with Philip was this 'roost' of two Ground Cuckoo-shrikes.


The most important bird of our whole trip, the enigmatic Plainswanderer. Enigmatic because it forms its own bird family. 
Luckily a female because in this species the females have a more striking plumage. Philip finds these birds for you by spotlighting while slowly driving through the grasslands (far North of Deniliquin).


Other good species in the same area as the Plainswandere were Australian Pratincole and Inland Dotterel. Especially the latter would be hard to find during the day, so skulking it is in these grasslands.


On the way back to town, Philip found us this Pacific Barn Owl, and our lifer Tawny Frogmouth.


The old woodland right on the south side of the river, at 4 in the map above, when on our way back to Melbourne. Impressive scenery but few birds. It was our last chance for Major Mitchell's Cockatoo but no luck.


From Melbourne we had an evening flight to Hobart on the south side of Tasmania (1 = Hobart airport). We had booked the Travelodge hotel in town and got quickly to Fern Tree (2) the next morning and later on to the Peter Murrell reserve (3). These two areas produced us nine of the twelve Tasmanian endemics.


To get to Fern Tree, for the famous Fern Glade trail of the two photos below, be sure to take the right direction at fork 1 when exiting Hobart. Park at 2, the small car park of the photo below, and slowly walk up the dark trail after the steps.


At a spot like this along the Fern Glade trail we got both Tasmanian Scrubwren and Scrubtit. At the start of the trail we already had had Tasmanian Thornbill, and just along the road up to Fern Tree Black Currawong, which we regularly saw afterwards as well.


View from the road back to the car park of the Fern Glade trail. The big gardens along this road down look promising and we found our first Yellow Wattlebird (endemic) here.


Finding your way to the Peter Murrell reserve (and the right entrance to that) is not very easy, or maybe it is if you put your car navigator (provided it's recent) on Huntingfield Avenue in Kingston, presumably at nr. 50, the Vodafone offices at 3 on the map. So take the Huntingfield Avenue exit at roundabout 2, and follow the dirt road next to the Vodafone buildings to reach 4, the car park at the pond (S 42 59.751 E 147 17.532). Walk around the pond and along the track behind the pond south.
Below is a map showing how to take the correct way through the outskirts of Kingston when coming from Hobart along the new Southern Outlet highway. This map fits at 1 on the map above.


Four car parks surround the Peter Murrell reserve but traditionally birders use the one at the Penrhyn pond above left. The main prize here is the endemic Forty-spotted Pardalote, which is still around reportedly, but shifting its sites a bit. Anyway, we did not find it here, but got (apart from the other two pardalotes) our endemics Tasmanian Nativehen, Green Rosella and Yellow-throated and Black-headed Honeyeater here, the latter two along the fire trail east of Penrhyn Pond south. The photo below if at this pond.


The endemic Yellow-throated Honeyeater was common along the fire trail described above.


Mount Wellington with some fresh snow.


A little north of Hobart is Gould's Lagoon (2) where we had the lone Freckled Duck promised by Philip Maher. This vagrant on Tasmania (but also difficult on the mainland) had been here for some time. It behaved wild enough to tick. To reach this lagoon, it's easier to take the exit from the Brooker Highway at 1 than to drive the Main road from much closer to Hobart.


As we were not allowed to drive our Avis car on Bruny island (which was our only other option for Forty-spotted Pardalote) and the weather was really harsh (wind, showers and cold) we decided to skip the pardalote and instead drive around Tasmania, which we did not regret at all, given the fantastic scenery in the West and along the North and East coasts.
Coming from Hobart (1 on map above) we crossed the mountainous national parks along the A10 to Queenstown where we had a pleasant motel (Comfort Inn; too late to drive on to Strahan). At 2 is the last petrol and we were reassured there that the road across the pass was open despite the snow. Around 3 we had some great birding (3 robin species) just along the road, mainly at the coordinates arrow on the map below.


After the sometimes high temperatures on the mainland, this snow was a surprise, but it made the scenery even more spectacular.


Flame Robin at the coordinates given above. Also Dusky Robin here, and Rose Robin a little further on.


Lower down towards Queenstown, the habitat looks also good.


Strahan, the coastal resort town on the west coast. We came from 1 (Queenstown) and followed the arrows towards the open grassy area at 2 (see also photo below), where we clearly heard but never saw Ground Parrot, but also had good views of a pair of Striated Fieldwren. Then onto 3 for some coastal scenery and birds.


At 3 on the map above, the roaring forties hammer the coast of mostly sand and dunes, resulting in one of the broadest surf zones we have ever seen. Gulls and Bar-tailed Godwits in the foreground, and two White-bellied Sea-Eagles overhead.


Along the scenic road from Strahan north to Zeehan, we had some good birds at the picnic site at 1 (the migrating Henty Dunes), like Crescent Honeyeater and Olive Whistler. At the bog at 2 (S 41 58.555 E 145 21.725) we heard several Ground Parrots. The promising northern border track of this bog, on the photo below, would also merit a longer visit.


We hit the north coast just east of Burnie, and were rewarded with great views of about 25 Shy Albatross flying around in front of us, best seen at the coordinates arrow, which is also the site of the photo below. Also had our lifer Black-faced Cormorant here, a group perched on the rocks in the sea.


After crossing the less interesting inland towards the east coast, we had a cottage at the Swansea Holiday Park. Here, on the same evening, we visited the spit NE of Swansea, and had good views of waterbirds on the lagoon from 3 (a small car park at the end of a short side road). 
Then we bought lovely fish and chips at 2 (just before closing time, 20.00 h) plus a beer at the bottle shop just N of that, and brought it to the cottage.
We had entered the area from 1, crossing an interesting woodland reserve left of the map. Of course, the main purpose of visiting this general area was the Freycinet NP, with great views from the Cape Tourville lighthouse area at 4 (where you can drive now all the way on asphalt, see map below). Officially we would have had to pay something at the entrance of the park, I think (not sure), but we were certainly too early for that...


View over the lagoon towards Freycinet NP, which consists of an island chain of steep hills. Below, view from the lighthouse, with Shy Albatross passing by closely below us; in the bush here we heard the endemic Strong-billed Honeyeater but never saw it.


Back in Melbourne, we had a spare late afternoon before our flight back to Holland. We took the airport bus to the centre and walked from the Southern Cross station to the Royal Botanic Garden in the lower right corner. We found this botanic garden even prettier than the one in Sydney. Around the pond below was a concentration of Bell Miners.


Magpie-lark, our last bird of the trip, had also been our first bird. A common but pretty roadside species.

Species list
* = lifer; TE = Tasmanian endemic
Emu a few inland
Australian Brushturkey * along road from Gresford to Dungog S of Barrington Tops
Malleefowl * Hattah-Kulkyne NP
Plumed Whistling Duck * large group at Little River SW of Melbourne
Cape Barren Goose * flying by S of Burnie, Tasmania
Black Swan
Freckled Duck * vagrant on Gould's Lake N of Hobart, Tasmania
Australian Shelduck
Pink-eared Duck
Maned (Wood) Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Australasian Shoveler
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Hardhead * 1 near Little River SW of Melbourne
Black-browed Albatross 1 or 2 amidst dozens of Shy, North Tasmania
Shy Albatross at least 25 along North coast Tasmania, E of Burnie
Australasian Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe *
Great Crested Grebe
Black-necked Stork flying overhead near Newcastle
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill * one in Werribee area, SW of Melbourne
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Nankeen Night Heron
White-necked Heron * Werribee area
Eastern Great Egret
White-faced Heron
Australian Pelican
Australasian Gannet a few amidst the Shy Albatrosses, Tasmania
Little Pied Cormorant
Black-faced Cormorant * group at North coast Tasmania, E of Burnie
Little Black Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Australasian Darter
Square-tailed Kite
Black-shouldered Kite
Black Kite common at road kills in west
Whistling Kite several
White-bellied Sea Eagle two on West coast Tasmania near Strahan
Swamp Harrier
Grey Goshawk * flying by just N of Swansea, East Tasmania
Collared Sparrowhawk
Wedge-tailed Eagle far less than on our visit to SW Australia
Little Eagle one only, along road from Mildura to Broken Hill
Nankeen Kestrel
Australian Hobby a few
Brown Falcon several
Black Falcon * with prey (Galah) N of Deniliquin
Peregrine Falcon
Baillon's Crake at least 8 in small swamp of Werribee area, SW of Melbourne
Australian Crake * one between the Baillon's
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Black-tailed Nativehen * Werribee, and large group at bridge in outback towards Broken Hill
TE Tasmanian Nativehen * a few at Peter Murrell reserve Kingston, and elsewhere
Eurasian Coot
Painted Buttonquail * family at the end of our trail N of Cobar
Pied Oystercatcher
Black-winged Stilt
Banded Lapwing 5 in rice field near Deniliquin, and a few during night trip there
Masked Lapwing * on many places, also lawns
Red-kneed Dotterel * first in Werribee, also later on
Red-capped Plover
Inland Dotterel * during night trip Deniliquin
Black-fronted Dotterel
Plains-wanderer * during night trip Deniliquin
Bar-tailed Godwit group on stormy beach near Strahan, West Tasmania
Common Greenshank
Red Knot Werribee area SW of Melbourne
Red-necked Stint dozens at Werribee, also later on
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper * first groups in Werribee, also some later inland and at Newcastle
Curlew Sandpiper
Australian Pratincole * during night trip Deniliquin
Silver Gull
Pacific Gull
Gull-billed Tern Deniliquin area, at ricefield
Caspian Tern one at Werribee
Swift Tern 1 at lagoon NE of Swansea, Tas
Whiskered Tern
White-winged Tern
Common Bronzewing in several woodlands/forests
Crested Pigeon several inland
Diamond Dove few; at P along road Broken Hill - Wilcannia
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo * one group only, flying by at Peter Murrell NR, Kingston, tas
Galah even more common than in SW Australia
Long-billed Corella Deniliquin area, also in town at dusk
Little Corella * Hattah-Kulkyne NP but few later on
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo * very common
Cockatiel * two along road from Cobar to Nyngan, and two near Deniliquin
Rainbow Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet * 2 at roadside stop between Melbourne and Bendigo; also Wollar
Little Lorikeet * near start of Capertee valley road, small group high in trees
Australian Ringneck
TE Green Rosella * scope view at Peter Murrell NR, Kingston; sev. later on
Crimson Rosella * 'Yellow Rosella' 2 at Hattah-K NP; Crimson e.g. Capertee valley
Eastern Rosella * several
Bluebonnet * 2 in tree at bridge along road Mildura-Broken Hill
Red-rumped Parrot * several
Mulga Parrot see photo above
Ground Parrot * clearly heard near Strahan and along road from there to Zeehan
Australian King Parrot * Barrington Tops NP a few
Superb Parrot * great views near Deniliquin, in Gulpa forest
Regent Parrot 5 in Hattah-K NP
Pacific Koel * in bush in Wollar
Channel-billed Cuckoo * one at western bay in Royal NP, Sydney
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo * Werribee, and a few later on (Deniliquin)
Shining Bronze Cuckoo several
Fan-tailed Cuckoo several heard, some seen
Brush Cuckoo * Royal NP Sydney Lady Carrington Drive
Australian Masked Owl * one closeby in daylight Kooragang island N of Newcastle
Eastern Barn Owl * during night trip Deniliquin
Powerful Owl * Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney
Southern Boobook on electricity pole at dawn
Tawny Frogmouth * during night trip Deniliquin
White-throated Nightjar * one closeby flushed at Kooragang island N of Newcastle
Australian Owlet-Nightjar flying by at dawn near Mildura
Laughing Kookaburra
Sacred Kingfisher
Red-backed Kingfisher * lucky view along Golden Highway near Merriwa
Azure Kingfisher * one at start of Lady Carrington Drive, Royal NP Sydney; also one Deniliquin
Rainbow Bee-eater * several at Hattah-Kulkyne NP, less later on
Noisy Pitta * Barrington Tops NP along road to William's Top
Superb Lyrebird * a few feeding east of Glen Davis, Capertee valley
Green Catbird * at same spot as Noisy Pitta
Satin Bowerbird * Barrington Tops NP several; also Royal NP Sydney Lady C drive
Spotted Bowerbird * along trail NW of Cobar
White-throated Treecreeper * Goonoo SF NE of Dubbo
Red-browed Treecreeper * Barrington Tops NP
White-browed Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper * sev. places
Variegated Fairywren
Superb Fairywren * Little River and later on
Splendid Fairywren
White-winged Fairywren Deniliquin open area
Mallee Emu-wren * along Nowingi track Hattah-K NP, brief view after many calls
Yellow-faced Honeyeater * near You Yangs park SW of Melbourne, and later
Singing Honeyeater
White-eared Honeyeater
TE Yellow-throated Honeyeate r* sev. at Peter Murrell NR, Kingston; some later on
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater * east of Glen Davis, Capertee valley, drinking; sev. later on
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater * Chiltern NP, group at 6 m near Honeyeater picnic site
White-plumed Honeyeater
White-fronted Honeyeater
Lewin's Honeyeater * first in blossoming tree near Barrington Tops NP; few later on
Bell Miner * sev. east of Glen Davis, Capertee valley
Noisy Miner * many along road from Melbourne NW into mallee region
Yellow-throated Miner
Blue-faced Honeyeater * first along trail NW of Cobar; few later on (e.e. Capertee)
(TE Strong-billed Honeyeater )* (heard calling at a few places, best at Freycinet NP, but never seen)
Brown-headed Honeyeater * You Yangs NP near Melbourne and at Chiltern
White-naped Honeyeater
TE Black-headed Honeyeater * a few at Peter Murrell NR, Kingston
Little Friarbird * along trail NW of Cobar, few later on
Noisy Friarbird * Goonoo SF NE of Dubbo and some places later on
Striped Honeyeater * Deniliquin area, revegetation bush at farm
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Little Wattlebird * Royal NP Sydney. tall heath
Red Wattlebird
TE Yellow Wattlebird * a few, first at gardens near Fern Tree
Regent Honeyeater * 2 at bridge N of Glen Alice N of Capertee valley
Painted Honeyeater * Munghorn Gap NR near picnic site
Crescent Honeyeater * along road Strahan - Zeehan, Tas
New Holland Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater e.g. Royal NP Sydney Lady C track
Eastern Spinebill * first in blossoming tree near Barrington Tops NP; few later on
Black Honeyeater * one male + sev female along trail NW of Cobar; also Deniliquin
Scarlet Myzomela/Honeyeater * east of Glen Davis, Capertee valley (N only)
White-fronted Chat * many at Werribee, few later on
Eastern Bristlebird * Barren Grounds open tall heath
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Pilotbird * Barren Grounds woodland, duet song seen at 4 m
TE Scrubtit * Fern Tree trail up gully
Rockwarbler * at cliffs Munghorn Gap NR; also Royal NP Sydney
Striated Fieldwren * first at Werribee near Melbourne, later also Strahan, Tas
Speckled Warbler * Goonoo SF NE of Dubbo (5th lifer of the trip)
White-browed Scrubwren
TE Tasmanian Scrubwren * near start of Fern Tree trail up gully
Large-billed Scrubwren * Royal NP Sydney Lady C track
Weebill
Mangrove Gerygone * Kooragang island in mangrove along eastern road
Western Gerygone
White-throated Gerygone * Goonoo SF NE of Dubbo
Brown Thornbill * first at You Yangs park SW of Melbourne, many later esp. in East
Inland Thornbill east of Glen Davis, Capertee valley, few later on
TE Tasmanian Thornbill * near start of Fern Tree trail up gully
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill * Goonoo SF NE of Dubbo
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill * group along Castle Rocks trail Munghorn Gap NR
Striated Thornbill * Deniliquin Red Gum forest
Southern Whiteface
Grey-crowned Babbler along trail NW of Cobar
White-browed Babbler
Eastern Whipbird * concentration of calling birds near lower P of Barrington Tops NP; few later
Chirruping Wedgebill * common along outback road north of Broken Hill
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong * east of Glen Davis, Capertee valley, few later on
TE Black Currawong * sev places Tasmania, easier than older reports suggest; was e.g. our 1st endemic at Fern Tree
Grey Currawong
White-breasted Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow * many W of Cobar, and later
White-browed Woodswallow * many W of Cobar, and later
Black-faced Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow
Ground Cuckooshrike * two in tree roost near Deniliquin
Black-faced Cuckooshrike
White-bellied Cuckooshrike * east of Glen Davis, Capertee valley (robusta)
White-winged Triller * first at Cobar, a few later
Varied Sittella
Crested Shriketit * a few; best at Glen Davis, attacking Sacred Kingfisher
Olive Whistler * near end of Fern Tree trail up gully
Gilbert's Whistler not a lifer so did not search long, but got one near Deniliquin
Australian Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrikethrush
Crested Bellbird
Olive-backed Oriole * sev. places, ad. and imm.
Willie Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Rufous Fantail * Barren Grounds woodland at 5 m
Black-faced Monarch * Barrington Tops NP
Magpie-lark
Restless Flycatcher
Little Crow
Forest Raven * only corvid on Tasmania hence easiest to ID there
Little Raven * first SW of Melbourne, later almost not checked
Australian Raven
White-winged Chough * sev. sites
Apostlebird * Hattah-Kulkyne NP and some places later on, but not common
Eastern Yellow Robin * sev. in eastern forests
Hooded Robin Deniliquin area
TE Dusky Robin * at descent from pass to Queenstown
Jacky Winter
Rose Robin * Barrington Tops NP along road to William's Top
Pink Robin * near start of Fern Tree trail up gully
Flame Robin * at descent from pass to Queenstown
Scarlet Robin
Red-capped Robin
Singing Bush Lark *
Horsfield's Bush Lark *
Eurasian Skylark many singing near Melbourne, a few further on the trip
White-backed Swallow along creek N of Broken Hill, nest colony
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Tree Martin
Australian Reed Warbler *
Little Grassbird * scope view at Werribee near Melbourne
Rufous Songlark *
Brown Songlark * finally got a few during night trip Deniliquin but nowhere else
Golden-headed Cisticola
Silvereye
Common Myna
Common Starling common but not abundant ('declining' was the local opinion)
Bassian Thrush * one along disabled person's concrete trail near lower car park Barrington Tops NP
Common Blackbird several, some singing
Mistletoebird Deniliquin area
House Sparrow common but not abundant
Diamond Firetail * in open forest Deniliquin, scope view, 1th lifer of the trip
Red-browed Finch * first at You Yangs SW of Melbourne, sev. later on trip
Zebra Finch at P's along road Broken Hill - Wilcannia
Double-barred Finch * group of c. 8 on wires along road at N border Goulburn River NP
Australian Pipit
European Greenfinch several small groups
European Goldfinch several small groups