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    Three-day Flinders Ranges and southern Strzelecki Track guided birding trip

    We leave Adelaide early in the morning for a four-hour drive to arrive in the Central Flinders Ranges around mid-morning, passing some spectacular mountaineous outback scenery along the way. We'll spend a few hours searching for Short-tailed Grasswren, one of SA's endemic species. We proceed along creekbeds and through narrow gorges cut deeply into geological layers that date back 800 million years. Here we search for Elegant Parrot and Grey-fronted Honeyeater. We are likely to encounter the endangered Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby. We will arrive at Mt Lyndhurst, on the edge of the Strzelecki desert, later in the day and will search for Chestnut-breasted Whiteface, a highly sought-after SA endemic, as well as Inland Dotterel, Thick-billed Grasswren, Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Chirruping Wedgebill and Rufous Fieldwren. Overnight at the Lyndhurst Hotel, a typical outback pub. The next morning we leave early to further explore the southern part of the Strzelecki Track, looking for species such as Budgerigar, Crimson, Orange and Gibber Chat, Eyrean Grasswren, and if we’re lucky, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Letter-winged Kite and Black-breasted Buzzard. We will spend the night again at Lyndhurst. On the 3rd day we make our way back to Adelaide. On the way we visit the Arid Lands Botanical Gardens (White-winged Fairy-wren, Chirruping Wedgebill, Rufous Fieldwren and Redthroat) and check out coastal areas for Banded Stilt, Slender-billed Thornbill, Elegant and Blue-winged Parrot and if we’re lucky, Rock Parrot. We'll arrive back at our departure point in the early evening.

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    Other options

    There are many other options for a few days birding in the outback. Read a recent tripreport of a trip I guided on the Birdsville track here. The Birdsville track component of this trip can be done in three days from Adelaide.

                                       Impressions of Outback birding: hover mouse over photos for description

    Chestnut-breasted Whiteface (c) P Morris. Strzelecki Track (c) P Waanders Short-tailed Grasswren (c) G Etherington

    Banded Stilt



           

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