Australia’s Southern Jewels (Adelaide, SA)

Tour 1

Adelaide Area Day Tour

Within the immediate vicinity of Adelaide a wide variety of habitats can be found. Tall, dense eucalypt forests; wetlands and floodplains along the Murray river; coastal habitats including dunes, mudflats and mangroves; outback-like shrubby plains and bushland, all provide habitat for many different bird species. We will look for Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, the adelaideae subspecies of Crimson Rosella (often regarded as a full species: Adelaide Rosella), Yellow-faced, White-naped and Crescent Honeyeater, White-throated Treecreeper, Scarlet Robin and the localised maculatus subspecies of White-throated Scrubwren. We also have a good chance of seeing a Koala. We will visit a small but excellent wetland where rails and crakes often show themselves at close range, while parrots, lorikeets and cockatoos abound in the trees lining the Murray river. Departing around sunrise we will visit between 3 and 8 different sites photographing these birds and others such as Shy Heathwren, Southern Scrubrobin, waterfowl, a variety of Honeyeater species, White-throated Treecreeper, Scarlet Robin, crakes and rails, raptors, Cape Barren Goose, parrots etc. The tour finishes in the evening and you will be dropped off between 6-7pm at a hotel of your choice in the city centre. This trip lends itself to be tailored towards your wishes.

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Tour 2

Magic of the Mallee Day Tour

One of the most unique environments in Australia, the vast “mallee” eucalypt woodlands can be found near the Murray river some 2-3 hours north-east of Adelaide. Many rare and threatened bid species can be found here. You’ll need to make your own way to the town of Berri or nearby for an early departure the next morning. The day is designed to maximise our time out in the field, combining rare and sought-after species with allowing as much time as possible for photography. We will commence the day early, in order to catch the good light for photographing key mallee bird species most shortly after sunrise. Target species can include Red-lored Whistler (difficult), Black-eared Miner, Mulga Parrot, Scarlet-chested Parrot (if present, not every year, usually Sep-Dec), Chestnut Quail-thrush, Shy Heathwren, Southern Scrub-robin, Striated Grasswren (difficult), Gilbert’s Whistler, White-browed Treecreeper, up to 8 species of Honeyeater including Striped, etc. We will spend some time in a hide overlooking a bird bath with chances of honeyeaters and parrots. Depending on circumstances we can also an active Malleefowl mound (if present, usually Oct-Mar). In the afternoon we will focus on the bird-rich wetlands of the Murray river with its many species of waterbirds and chances of Freckled Duck, crakes and rails, Regent Parrot and sometimes Banded Stilt.

The exact layout of the day will be decided in consultation with the client as it will depend on what target species you wish to photograph and where the best bird activity is taking place at the time of your visit. Locations visited can include areas such as Gluepot, Calperum, Murray-Sunset and other habitats in the region.

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Tour 3

Adelaide Short Tour 3 days/2 night

bird photography tour

Day 1

You will be picked up from your hotel in Adelaide and we’ll head up the coast north of the city, which contains some excellent freshwater swamps as well as estuarine habitat, where we’ll find a variety of waterbird species and stand a good chance of the rare Freckled Duck, the elusive Slender-billed Thornbill and the iconic Banded Stilt. We’ll turn inland where flocks of Little Corellas will entertain us with their aerial antics and other parrots such as Blue Bonnet and Mallee Ringneck are possible. Towards sunset we will check a colony of the rare Regent Parrot.

Accommodation: Hotel in Berri. Meals included: L, D.

Day 2

We depart early in the morning for to explore a large area of virgin “mallee” eucalypt wilderness containing no less than 6 nationally endangered bird species and a unique flora and fauna adapted to the harsh conditions. On the way there we’re likely to see Red and Western Grey Kangaroos. While the sun rises over centuries-old mallee eucalypts and sand dunes covered in spinifex grass, we look for Chestnut Quail-thrush, Gilbert’s Whistler, Hooded Robin, Southern Scrubrobin, Black-eared Miner, Black-eared Cuckoo, Shy Heathwren, White-browed Treecreeper and Major Mitchell Cockatoo. As the bird activity slows down we focus on species such as Mulga Parrot, Crested Bellbird, White-winged & Splendid Fairy-wren, Striped Honeyeater and others. From our bird hide that overlooks a bird bath, we have a chance of observing up to 8 species of Honeyeater as well as various parrots. We’ll be back at our hotel after dark.

Accommodation: Hotel in Berri. Meals included: B, L, D.

Day 3

This morning we’ll explore the Murray river and its vast wetlands and floodplains, harbouring good bird species such as Freckled and Pink-eared Duck, Australian Spotted Crake herons and ibises. Ancient gnarled Red Gum trees and the spectacular cliffs that line the river provide for a very scenic environment. We’ll take an eco-cruise on a small vessel through the maze of waterways, which will allow us to get up close and personal to many water birds. We’ll have lunch at the famous Banrock Station Wine & Wetland centre and afterwards we’ll explore their beautiful wetland via series of boardwalks and bird hides. The afternoon is spent driving back to Adelaide but not before exploring the lush Adelaide Hills. Tall, dense eucalypt forests provide habitat for many good bird species. We will look for Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Adelaide Rosella, Yellow-faced, White-naped and Crescent Honeyeater, White-throated Treecreeper, Scarlet Robin and White-throated Scrubwren, to name but a few. We also have a very good chance of seeing a Koala or two here. Our guide will return you to a hotel of your choice (own arrangements).

Meals included: B, L.

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Tour 4

Custom Photo Tour any duration

travelling further afield

• In consultation with our guide we’ll design a custom tour for you in terms of duration and destination. A popular options includes an extension of Tour 2 with the Coorong (coastal saltwater and freshwater lagoons with surrounding dunes and bush, harbouring Malleefowl, Purple-gaped and Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Cape Barren Goosse, Hooded Plover and parrots) and/or the scenic Flinders Ranges (a mountain range on the edge of the outback with fantastic opportunities for landscape photography of the rugged cliffs, canyons and surrounding flat, endless outback plains, harbouring Wedge-tailed Eagles, Zebra Finches, parrots, Grasswrens and Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies).

• Add-on options include single species, raptors, reptiles, night sky or landscape, private sessions with semi-wild animals: Red Kangaroo, Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat and others

• Fully customised to achieve your target images

• Equipment hire available

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