Eyre Peninsula and Gawler Ranges 8-day tour

The Eyre Peninsula and Gawler Ranges tour visits under-explored areas where birds of of the South Australian outback and Western Australian species meet. Short-tailed Grasswren and the newly split Western Grasswren, Western Yellow Robin and Rufous Treecreeper, Western (Mallee) Whipbird and Rock Parrot are among the target species, as well as the newly-split Nullarbor Quail-thrush and the elusive yet beautiful Scarlet-chested Parrot.

Heading north from Adelaide we visit some bird-rich coastal areas, as well as the Arid Lands Botanical Gardens, looking for Slender-billed Thornbill, Banded Stilt, Elegant and Blue-winged Parrot.

After searching the Bluebush plains near Whyalla for Western Grasswren and the Turquoise subspecies of Splendid Fairy-wren, we'll start seeing Western Australian species such as Western Yellow Robin, Rufous Treecreeper and Blue-breasted Fairy-wren. Around Lincoln NP we'll look for the skulking Western (Mallee) Whipbird, then follow the Eyre Peninsula's scenic west coast to Ceduna, looking for Cape Barren Goose, Hooded Plover, White-bellied Sea-eagle and Osprey.

On the northern Eyre Peninsula we spend a day looking for the beautiful Scarlet-chested Parrot. We'll then drive all the way to the WA border for the newly split Nullarbor Quail-thrush, and on the way back we stop in at the famous Great Australian Bight where up to 50 Southern Right Whales can be seen. The rugged landscape of the Gawler Ranges. is home to Short-tailed Grasswren, Rufous Treecreeper, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo and many other good birds. At the end of the tour we bird our way back to Adelaide.
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  • Sunday 21 September 2014

  • Any other time as a private tour

  • Departs from Adelaide, South Australia

  • Download tour brochure (2014)

  • Reports of previous tours

  • Featured birds:

    Expect around 150 species including highly sought-after birds such as:

  • Nullarbor Quail-thrush
  • Cape Barren Goose
  • Scarlet-chested and Elegant Parrot
  • Blue-winged and Rock Parrot
  • Mulga Parrot and Pt Lincoln Ringneck
  • Western Whipbird
  • Southern Scrubrobin
  • Blue-breasted and "Turquoise" Fairy-wren
  • Short-tailed and Western Grasswrens
  • Western Yellow Robin
  • Rufous Treecreeper
  • White-bellied Sea-eagle
  • Slender-billed Thornbill
  • and many more.

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    Cost for tour: AU$3699 per person, including:
    accommodation and all meals, transport, expert guiding, entry fees, taxes.

    Price based on double or twin-share occupancy. Single occupancy attracts a surcharge.

    Not included: drinks, personal expenses, tips, pre- and post-tour accommodation/meals.

    Earlybird discount of $99 applies for bookings received up to 6 months prior to departure. A 5% return-client discount applies for eligible clients.

    Maximum 8 participants. Leader: Peter Waanders.

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    Western Whipbird (c) G Jones. Scarlet-chested Parrot (c) P Waanders Western Grasswren (c) G Jones.
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