Adelaide region guided birding


Adelaide is in close proximity to a variety of habitats and therefore a day or two birding can be very rewarding. There are wetlands, tidal flats, beaches and mangroves where during the Australian summer, many species of migratory waders can be found here as well as the nomadic Banded Stilt. To add further interest, species such as Elegant, Blue-winged and Rock Parrot and Slender-billed Thornbill are regularly seen. here. To the east of the city the Adelaide Hills contain a string of National and Conservation Parks, each with its own character. Adelaide Rosella, Yellow-throated Black Cockatoo, Long-billed Corella, Musk and Purple-Crowned Lorikeet, Scarlet Robin and a rich variety of Honeyeaters together with the rare Chestnut-rumped Heathwren and Crested Shrike-tit inhabit the area. To the south of the city you'll find the Fleurieu Peninsula and coast, containing a high number of good birding sites within a relatively small area. Wetlands, swamps, coastal reserves, native bushland and a sea-watching spot attract birds such as Little Penguin, Hooded Plover, Cape Barren Goose, Southern Emu-wren, raptors, rails and crakes, waterfowl and migratory waders. To the east of the city, the ‘mallee’ eucalypt scrub with Mallee Ringneck, Shy Heathwren, Southern Scrub-robin and Purple-gaped Honeyeater give way to the Murray river with its floodplains and wetlands, where rails, crakes, and many good waterbirds including Freckled Duck may be found.

A guided birding tour around Adelaide is the best way to find most, if not all, of the area's sought-after species. Southern Birding Services have guided countless birdwatchers over almost ten years.           Report on a day's birding around Adelaide

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Adelaide Rosella (c) J Milbank Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo Southern Scrub-robin (c) P Waanders Australian Spotted Crake (c) P Waanders

Wings Birds & Bush Retreat

Wings Birds &
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Stay at "Wings" for your guided birding trip around Adelaide:
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Example of an Adelaide region guided birding trip

We leave your accommodation early for a short drive to a conservation park in the nearby hills to be there around dawn. We wander between spectacular rugged ridges, gullies and seasonal waterfalls, looking for Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Eastern Rosella, Adelaide Rosella, Musk and Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Scarlet Robin, Yellow-faced, White-naped and Crescent Honeyeater, and the endangered Mount Lofty Ranges subspecies of Chestnut-rumped Heathwren. Around mid-morning we leave the park and may call in at Mount Lofty or Mount George for Red-browed Finch, White-throated Treecreeper, Scarlet Robin, and Golden Whistler. We visit the Mount Barker stormwater treatment wetland where there is usually Baillon's and Spotted Crake and a chance of Spotless Crake. We then head to the small but excellent Monarto Conservation Park, a remnant of drier mallee/heath vegetation, with species such as Southern Scrub-robin, Shy Heathwren, and Purple-gaped Honeyeater. We have our lunch on the shores of the Murray River, meanwhile keeping an eye open for raptors such as Little Eagle, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Spotted Harrier and Black-shouldered (Australian) Kite. We then take a scenic route along the shores of Lake Alexandrina, the estuary of the Murray river, and in the surrounding freshwater marshes we look for waders, rails, crakes and Latham's Snipe. Little Grassbird, Golden-headed Cisticola and Cape Barren Goose. You will return to your accommodation around dusk. In summer it is quite possible to exceed 100 species during a full day’s birding; of course, all trips will be tailored to your wishes and paced accordingly. There are many options, for example, if you want to focus on wetland or shorebirds, this trip will target coastal and freshwater areas to the north of Adelaide; or you could choose to do multiple days, thereby increasing your bird list, perhaps by staying at our associated B&B “Wings”. (Scroll down for more about "Wings" Birds & Bush Retreat).           Report on a day's birding around Adelaide

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Purple-gaped Honeyeater (c) P Waanders Cape Barren Goose (c) P Waanders Adelaide Hills Landscape (c) P Waanders Flame Robin

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Wings Bird & Bush Retreat

Ideally located for your birding trip. “Wings Bird & Bush Retreat” is a fully self-contained country homestead with 3 queen bedrooms on 70 hectares (170 acres) of gentle rolling hills and valleys located in the scenic Adelaide Hills on the edge of the Barossa Valley wine region. The surrounding farmland, forests, native bush and vineyards ensure peace and privacy. Wings boasts a birdlist of 82 species (of which 50 are seen regularly including Adelaide Rosella, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo and the rare Square-tailed Kite), an amazing diversity of wildflowers, resident Koalas, Echidnas, Grey Kangaroos and several other species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The property is criss-crossed with kilometres of mown and marked walking tracks. A property map showing tracks helps you discover Wings’ secrets - the secluded glades and valleys, small natural waterholes, the large range of wildlife and flora. A number of conservation projects have taken place such as tree planting and fencing sensitive remnant vegetation and waterholes to provide important wildlife habitat. If you choose to stay at “Wings Bird & Bush Retreat” your guide will pick you up from there for your day’s birding.          More about "Wings"          Report on a day's birding around Adelaide

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Wings Bird & Bush Retreat (c) G Clarke Wings Bird & Bush Retreat (c) G Clarke Wings Bird & Bush Retreat (c) G Clarke

Wings Birds & Bush Retreat

Wings Birds &
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Stay at "Wings" for your guided birding trip around Adelaide:
a 70 ha natural sanctuary, 50+ bird species, koalas...

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