Western Australia :October 2022

Isolated from the rest of the world's landmasses for over 60 million years, evolution in Australia has taken a very separate path. Whilst the continent’s two mammal groups, the kangaroos, wallabies and other marsupials, plus egg-laying monotremes such as the Duck-billed Platypus, are rightly famous, just as remarkable is that almost half of Australia’s regular bird species are found nowhere else - a greater proportion of endemic birds than any other country in the world.

Our birdwatching tour to Western Australia is a classic, focusing on the wild and stunningly diverse southwestern corner of this huge island continent. It is a region that is not only blessed with a splendid array of endemic birds but which in Spring (when we visit) also boasts some of the finest floral displays anywhere in the world.


Our journey begins in the state capital Perth with a cruise to the Indian Ocean island of Rottnest which is alive with the calls of Western Gerygones and Singing Honeyeaters and home to that curious marsupial, the Quokka. In beautiful King’s Park, overlooking the broad reaches of Perth’s famous Swan River, we should encounter more Australian endemic birds, including raucous Carnaby’s (Short-billed) Black Cockatoos and shrieking Australian Ringnecks.


Entering the temperate eucalypt forests of the Darling Ranges, we will watch out for two brilliantly coloured Western endemics: Red-capped Parrot and Western Rosella, whilst in the scenic woodlands of Dryandra, we will search for gorgeous Blue-breasted Fairywrens and Rainbow Bee-eaters. With luck, we might also encounter the peculiar Echidna or even catch sight of the unique Numbat, Western Australia’s faunal emblem.


We continue East to Kalgoorlie and the arid woodlands of the Goldfields region, where carpets of Everlasting Daisies and a myriad of other flowers attract masses of Spiny-cheeked, White-fronted and White-eared Honeyeaters.


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