Tours

TRACKS BIRDING & PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

Ever wanted to see a Rainbow Pitta hopping around the forest floor? Dreamed of seeing a Gouldian Finch in the wild? How about visiting Australia's Outback to look for Grasswren's? Being a local bird photographer I have extensive knowledge of Northern Australia. I can help you find and photograph that bird you've always dreamed of seeing, join Tracks Birding & Photography Tours for an unforgettable day out or the adventure of a multi-day Birding Tour somewhere in Northern Australia and enjoy a trip of a lifetime

ADVANTAGES WITH TRACKS BIRDING:

  • Small private & personalised tours (Guest Minimum 2 / Maximum 4)
  • Guide is a well known and published Professional Bird Photographer
  • Photography hide setups available for incredible photographic opportunities
  • Can offer professional photography tutoring
  • Flexible dates - Book when it suits you (Subject to availability)
  • A strong understanding of the needs of both birders & photographers
  • Tailored birding and/or photography tours to suit every guest
  • Extensive local knowledge from over 10 years of birding in Australia
  • See unique, rare & endemic birds from around the Ausrtralia
  • Amazing photographic opportunities
  • Finding time to appreciate the beautiful outback landscapes while touring
  • Flexible Itineraries (Can modify to suit the birds you need to tick or photograph)
  • Have the opportunity to explore remote parts of Australia that not many tour companies visit
  • Share my passion for finding and photographing birds
  • Birds, Birds, Birds & more Birds!

INCLUSIONS: During your time on Tour

  • Hotel Pick up / Drop off
  • Transport in 4wd vehicle
  • Air Conditioned accommodation included - No camping like other tours (Multi day tours only)
  • All meals while on tour
  • Enjoy meals at great local cafe's & restaurants - in the field when necessary
  • Sunscreen / Insect Spray
  • First aid kit on hand at all times
  • All refreshments including soft drinks, water, tea & coffee
  • Alcoholic beverage with dinners
  • Professional guide (Who is also a professional photographer)
  • All National Park entry fees
  • All the latest local field guides (Digital & Printed)
  • Overnight tours - All meals during our time on tour
  • Day trips - Snacks & lunch provided

OPTIONS:

  • Canon Professional Camera Gear available for rent (When available)

BIRDING and or PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS with one of Australia's leading bird finders and photographers;

ALL TOURS CAN BE MODIFIED TO TARGET SPECIFIC BIRDS

DARWIN and SURROUNDS | DAY TOUR

An early morning pick up from your accommodation to head East to the Wetland or Dry Savannah regions, these locations are 1 hour East of Darwin. We have two options depending on the target species, we can either concentrate our search around the wetlands of Fogg Dam for species like Rainbow Pitta, Black-necked Stork, Paperbark Flycatcher, Rose Crowned Fruit-Dove, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Azure and Little Kingfishers or head toward the Dry Savannah areas for species like Black-breasted Buzzard, Buff-sided Robin & the highly prized Gouldian Finch.

We spend the afternoon around Darwin searching for some of it's unique bird life in a range of habitats; Mangroves, Seasonal Wetlands, Monsoon Forest, Beaches, Savannah Woodlands and Billabongs.

Each day trip can be tailored to find the birds you need to tick or photograph.

Target Species - Emerald Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Rufous Owl, Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher, Rainbow Pitta, Green-backed Gerygone, Red-headed Honeyeater, Grey Whistler, Mangrove Robin, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch & Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Black-breasted Buzzard, Spotted Harrier, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black-necked Stork, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Black-tailed Treecreeper, White-throated Gerygone, Banded Honeyeater, Mangrove Golden-whistler, Buff-sided Robin, Double-barred Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch and Gouldian Finch.

Cost -  $695.00 AUD | Price for 1 or 2 people / extra person $100.00 (Maximum 4)

Please note this tour can only be booked within 60 days of departure.

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DARWIN and KAKADU NP TOUR | 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

DAY 1 - Pick up from your accommodation in Darwin around 7 am and spend the morning birding at one of Darwin's many nature reserves, which one will depend on what the group wants to target. Lunch at your choice of venue in Darwin City before heading East toward Kakadu National Park. The hottest part of the day will be spent driving out to Kakadu National Park stopping along the way at Mamakala Wetlands and the South Alligator Floodplains.

After checking in at our hotel in Jabiru we will then head South toward Nawurlandja to bird our first Arnhemland Sandstone and watch the sunset. Targets here are Banded Fruit-dove, Partridge Pigeon, Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, White-lined Honeyeater, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and the Sandstone race of Helmeted Friarbird.

Accommodation - The Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru (https://www.kakadutourism.com/accommodation/kakadu-crocodile-hotel/)

Meals: (L, D).

DAY 2 - An early morning to head North to Bardedjilidji for an early morning walk, here we will be looking Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and maybe a Rainbow Pitta or Rose-crowned Fruit-dove. After the walk our next spot is Ubirr for the rest of the morning. This spectacular view over the floodplain can also be a great place for Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon and Sandstone Shrike-thrush. This is also a great place to see Short-eared Rock Wallaby.

If the tide is right we will check out Cahill crossing to see its famous crocodiles feeding together then it will be time to head back for lunch.

After a break in the middle of the day we will head to Nourlangie to clean up any of the endemics we have missed, this is also a great spot to see some aboriginal artwork.

Accommodation - The Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru (https://www.kakadutourism.com/accommodation/kakadu-crocodile-hotel/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 3 - We will enjoy an early morning cruise on the famous Yellow-waters Billabong, this is our best chance for Great-billed Heron, Little & Azure Kingfishers and also Black Bittern. After the cruise we will head back to the lodge to check out and have lunch before heading South to Pine Creek and our accommodation for the night, along the way we have a chance for Australia's rarest bird of prey the Red Goshawk which nests in the area.

The afternoon is spent around Pine Creek tracking down the endemic Hooded Parrot and Partridge Pigeon.

Accommodation - Lazy Lizard, Pine Creek (https://lazylizardpinecreek.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 4 - An early morning start to head south to set up at a secret waterhole for the morning, this is the best chance to photograph the spectacular Gouldian Finch, other birds that come into drink include Hooded Parrots, Long-Tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Double-barred Finch, Banded Honeyeater, Great Bowerbird and Brown Quail.

After a morning around Edith Falls we start heading back towards Darwin where I will have you back at your hotel mid to late afternoon.

Meals: (B, L).

Cost -  $6900.00 AUD - All inclusive for two people | Twin or Double Accommodation | Extra person - $3100.00 (Maximum 4)

Single Supplement $550.00

Optional Private Yellow Water Cruise $600.00 (Public Cruise included in price)

For larger groups please contact me for pricing and numbers etc.

DARWIN & TOP END TRIP REPORT (PDF) - August 2018

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TOP END, KAKADU NP and VICTORIA RIVER | 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

DAY 1 - Pick up from your accommodation in Darwin around 7 am and spend the morning birding at one of Darwin's many nature reserves, which one will depend on what the group wants to target. Lunch at your choice of venue in Darwin City before heading East toward Kakadu National Park. The hottest part of the day will be spent driving out to Kakadu National Park stopping along the way at Mamakala Wetlands and the South Alligator Floodplains.

After checking in at our hotel in Jabiru we will then head South toward Nawurlandja to bird our first Arnhemland Sandstone and watch the sunset. Targets here are Banded Fruit-dove, Partridge Pigeon, Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, White-lined Honeyeater, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and the Sandstone race of Helmeted Friarbird.

Accommodation - The Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru (https://www.kakadutourism.com/accommodation/kakadu-crocodile-hotel/)

Meals: (L, D).

DAY 2 - An early morning to head North to Bardedjilidji for an early morning walk, here we will be looking Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and maybe a Rainbow Pitta or Rose-crowned Fruit-dove. After the walk our next spot is Ubirr for the rest of the morning. This spectacular view over the floodplain can also be a great place for Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon and Sandstone Shrike-thrush. This is also a great place to see Short-eared Rock Wallaby.

If the tide is right we will check out Cahill crossing to see its famous crocodiles feeding together then it will be time to head back for lunch.

After a break in the middle of the day we will head to Nourlangie to clean up any of the endemics we have missed, this is also a great spot to see some aboriginal artwork.

Accommodation - The Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru (https://www.kakadutourism.com/accommodation/kakadu-crocodile-hotel/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 3 - We will enjoy an early morning cruise on the famous Yellow-waters Billabong, this is our best chance for Great-billed Heron, Little & Azure Kingfishers and also Black Bittern. After the cruise we will head back to the lodge to check out and have lunch before heading South to Pine Creek and our accommodation for the night, along the way we have a chance for Australia's rarest bird of prey the Red Goshawk which nests in the area.

The afternoon is spent around Pine Creek tracking down the endemic Hooded Parrot and Partridge Pigeon.

Accommodation - Lazy Lizard, Pine Creek (https://lazylizardpinecreek.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 4 - An early morning start to head south to set up at a secret waterhole for the morning, this is the best chance to photograph the spectacular Gouldian Finch, other birds that come into drink include Hooded Parrots, Long-Tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Double-barred Finch, Banded Honeyeater, Great Bowerbird and Brown Quail.

After a morning around Edith Falls we head South to Katherine for lunch before heading West to the Victoria River Region about 200 km west, along the way we will stop at a few secret spots to see what we can find. The afternoon at Victoria River can be spent searching for Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens along the banks of the Victoria River or go and look for White-quilled Rock-pigeons which are found up on the escarpments.

Accommodation - Victoria River Roadhouse

DAY 5 - The morning will be spent around the roadhouse at Victoria River looking for Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens, Birds of Prey and Finches. We will then start head west to Timber Creek and our accommodation for the night, this is one of my favourite birding areas in the Northern Territory. Depending on what species we need to photograph or tick off our lists will determine where we spend our time today. There are a huge amount of sites in the area and depending on the amount of water and grass around will depend on where we go.

Accommodation - Timber Creek Hotel (http://timbercreekhotel.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 6 - A couple of options this morning; we can get up early and head East to another finch drinking hole with chances of Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Star Finch, Zebra Finch, Yellow-rumped Mannikin and Gouldian Finch or an easy morning birding around Timber Creek for things like Buff-sided Robin, Yellow-rumped Mannikin, Great Bowerbird and Red-backed Kingfisher.

After a morning in the area we start heading back East and to our accommodation in Katherine for the night, after checking in we will bird one of the many sites around Katherine ether looking for Chestnut-backed Button-quail or head South to look for the rare Northern Crested Shrike-tit.

Accommodation - Ibis Styles, Katherine (https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-3112-ibis-styles-katherine/index.shtml)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 7 - Depending on what we are missing will determine where we go this morning, after a morning around Katherine we will enjoy lunch before the 3 - 4 hour drive back to Darwin. I plan to have everyone back at a reasonable hour.

Meals: (B, L).

Cost -  $11980.00 AUD - All inclusive for two people | Twin or Double Accommodation | Extra person - $5390.00 (Maximum 4)

Single Supplement $600.00

Optional Private Yellow Water Cruise $600.00 (Standard public cruise included in price)

For larger groups please contact me for pricing and numbers etc.

DARWIN & TOP END TRIP REPORT (PDF) - August 2018

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ULTIMATE TOP END PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR | 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 : Pick you up from your accommodation in Darwin between 6 - 7 am. We will spend the morning exploring the many nature reserves around Darwin. The main species we will be targeting are Rufous Owl, Barking Owl, Tawny Frogmouth, Rainbow Pitta, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Bush-stone Curlew, Brown Whistler, Northern Fantail, Forest Kingfisher and Little Corella. We will also spend time in the Mangroves trying to photograph Red-headed Myzomela, Mangrove Gerygone, Mangrove Golden Whistler and Torresian Kingfisher.

Lunch will be had at one of Darwin great Cafes before we spend the afternoon photographing anything we missed in the morning and depending on tides photographing some of the mangrove and shorebird species out at Lee Point and Buffalo Creek.

Driving Time - 1.0 Hours

Accommodation - Club Tropical Resort, Darwin (http://clubtropicalresortdarwin.com.au/)

Meals: (L, D).

DAY 2 : We head out early to one of Darwin’s best and famous birding spots, Fogg Dam. Targets here include Black-necked Stork, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Pied Heron, Comb-crested Jacana, Arafura Fantail, Paperbark Flycatcher, Royal Spoonbill, Crimson Finch and Forest Kingfisher. After our time at Fogg Dam we explore the Adelaide River Flood Plains and maybe Marrakai Tracks before making our way East towards Kakadu and our accommodation for the night.

After checking in at our hotel in Jabiru we will then head South toward Nawurlandja to bird our first Arnhemland Sandstone and watch the sunset. Targets here are Banded Fruit-dove, Partridge Pigeon, Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, White-lined Honeyeater, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and the Sandstone race of Helmeted Friarbird.

Driving Time - 3.0 Hours

Accommodation - The Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru (https://www.kakadutourism.com/accommodation/kakadu-crocodile-hotel/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 3 : An early morning to head North to Bardedjilidji for an early morning walk, here we will be looking Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and maybe a Rainbow Pitta or Rose-crowned Fruit-dove. After the walk our next spot is Ubirr for the rest of the morning. This spectacular view over the floodplain can also be a great place for Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon and Sandstone Shrike-thrush. This is also a great place to see Short-eared Rock Wallaby.

If the tide is right we will check out Cahill crossing to see its famous crocodiles feeding together then it will be time to head back for lunch.

After a break in the middle of the day we will head to Nourlangie to clean up any of the endemics we have missed, this is also a great spot to see some aboriginal artwork.

Driving Time - 2.0 Hours

Accommodation - The Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru (https://www.kakadutourism.com/accommodation/kakadu-crocodile-hotel/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 4 : This morning we will be booked on a 3 hours private photography cruise around the famous Yellow-waters Billabong, this is usually one of the highlights of the tour with usually thousands of water birds to point out lens at. Main targets are Little & Azure Kingfishers, Black Bittern, Nankeen Night-heron, Plumbed & Wandering Whistling-ducks, Black-necked Storks, Green Pygmy-goose and Great-billed Heron. After the cruise we will head back to the lodge for a big brunch before making our way South towards Pine Creek and our accommodation for the night.

The afternoon is spent around Pine Creek photographing the beautiful endemic Hooded Parrot and Partridge Pigeon if we haven’t already found one.

Driving Time - 2.0 Hours

BOAT CRUISE - 3 Hour Private Yellow Water Boat Cruise in the Morning

Accommodation - Lazy Lizard, Pine Creek (https://lazylizardpinecreek.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 5 : A nice early morning to head just south to set up a bird hide at one of my secret water holes for the morning, this is one of the best chance to photograph the spectacular Gouldian Finch, other birds that come into drink include Hooded Parrots, Long-Tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Double-barred Finch, Banded Honeyeater, Great Bowerbird and Brown Quail. After this we have a 4 hour drive west to the Victoria River Region about 300 km west of Katherine, along the way we will stop at a few secret spots to see what we can find.

The afternoon can be spent around Timber Creek searching for the spectacular Purple-crowned Fairy-wren along the river banks we will also be keeping an eye out for Red-backed Kingfishers and maybe even the very elusive Yellow-rumped Mannikin which can sometimes be found in the area.

Driving Time - 4.0 Hours

Accommodation - Timber Creek Hotel (http://timbercreekhotel.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 6 : This morning we will be setting up at one of the many great dry season watering holes in the area, possibilities here are Double-barred Finch, Crimson Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Star Finch, Zebra Finch, Yellow-rumped Mannikin, Pictorella Mannikin and Gouldian Finch. Hopefully have birds coming down to drink in front of us.

The afternoon will be spent looking for and photographing Red-backed Kingfisher, Banded Honeyeaters, Black-faced, Masked, White-browed, White-breasted and Little Woodswallow along with Square-tailed Kites, Little Eagles, Black-tailed Treecreeper and anything else we missed.

Driving Time - 2.0 Hours

Accommodation - Timber Creek Hotel (http://timbercreekhotel.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 7 : What we do this morning will depend on what we need to improve on, we can go back to photograph the Finches or maybe photograph the Purple-crowned Fairywrens again, it will be totally up to you.

After a morning in the area we start heading back East and to our accommodation in Katherine for the night, after checking in we will bird one of the many sites around Katherine ether looking for Chestnut-backed Button-quail or head South to look for the rare Northern Crested Shrike-tit.

Accommodation - Ibis Styles, Katherine (https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-3112-ibis-styles-katherine/index.shtml)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 8 - Depending on what we are missing will determine where we go this morning, after a morning around Katherine we will enjoy lunch before the 3 - 4 hour drive back to Darwin. I plan to have everyone back to Darwin by mid afternoon

Meals: (B, L).

Accommodation - Not included (Can book for you at an extra cost)

Cost -  $13950.00 AUD - All inclusive for two people | Twin or Double Accommodation | Extra person - $5990.00 (Maximum 4)

Single Supplement $700.00

For larger groups please contact me for pricing and numbers etc.

DARWIN & TOP END TRIP REPORT (PDF) - August 2018

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DARWIN TO MOUNT ISA via BARKLY TABLELANDS TOUR | 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Tour Begins - Darwin, NT

Departure -  Mount Isa, QLD

Day 1 : Pick up from your accommodation in Darwin and spend the day exploring the many nature reserves around Darwin. Species we will be targeting are Rainbow Pitta, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Bush-stone Curlew, Mangrove Robin, Green-backed Gerygone, Brown Whistler, Northern Fantail, Red-winged Parrot, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher and Little Corella. We will also spend time in the Mangroves trying to photograph Red-headed Myzomela, Mangrove-Grey Fantail, Mangrove Gerygone, Mangrove Golden Whistler and Torresian Kingfisher.

The afternoon we will be out searching for roosting nocturnal birds like Tawny Frogmouth, Barking Owl and our main target the Rufous Owl.

Accommodation - Club Tropical Resort, Darwin (http://clubtropicalresortdarwin.com.au/)

Meals: (L, D).

Day 2 : We head out early to one of Darwin’s best and famous birding spots, Fogg Dam. Here we will bird mostly from the car, targets include Black-necked Stork, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Pied Heron, Comb-crested Jacana, Arafura Fantail, Paperbark Flycatcher, Royal Spoonbill, Crimson Finch and Forest Kingfisher. After our time at Fogg Dam we then take a short cut through Marrakai Tracks on our way down to Katherine and our accommodation for the night. The afternoon around Katherine will be spent targeting the endemic Hooded Parrot, Chestnut-backed Button-quail, Varied Sittella and Finches like Gouldian, Long-tailed and Masked.

Accommodation - Ibis Styles Katherine (https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-3112-ibis-styles-katherine/index.shtml)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 3 : An early start to head South to look for one of the Northern Territories most wanted birds the Northern Shrike-tit, this location is also a great area for Finches, Woodswallows, Button-quail and Black-tailed Treecreepers. After a morning of birding at this site we start the big drive South toward Tennant Creek and our accommodation for the night. If we get to Tennant Creek in time we will spend the afternoon around the beautiful and mostly unexplored Honeymoon Range, here our main target is the rarely seen and photographed Tennant Creek race of Dusky Grasswren. In the same area we will also be looking for Painted Finch, White-winged Fairy-wren, Spinfexbird, Australian Ringneck and Spinifex Pigeons.

Accommodation - Three Ways Roadhouse (http://threewaysroadhouse.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 4 : On this morning we will head back to the Honeymoon Range, we will be looking for better views or to find anything we missed the previous day. We will also be checking out the Tennant Creek Sewage ponds which can be very productive and sometimes turn up a rarity or two. After lunch in Tennant Creek we will start heading East and onto the Barkly Tablelands. The afternoon will be spent around the roadhouse looking for things like Peregrine Falcon, Singing Honeyeater, Zebra Finch, Crested Bellbird, Chiming Wedgebill, White-browed and Masked Woodswallows and Red-browed Pardalote.

Accommodation - Barkly Homestead (https://www.barklyhomestead.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 5 : Today we will spend the full day North on the grass plains of the Barkly Tablelands, here we will be looking for some specialist birds like Banded Lapwing, Brown Songlark, Australian Pratincole, Yellow Chat, Ground Cuckoo-shrike and Black and Grey Falcons. I have seen all of Australia's Falcons within a couple of hours in this area so we will be watching out for these.

Accommodation - Barkly Homestead (https://www.barklyhomestead.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 6 : A very early start, we will be driving North back onto the plains and plan on getting to one of the many Turkey Nests (Farmers Dam) by sunrise. Here we will sit patiently and wait for Flock Bronzewings coming in to drink, this spectacle also attracts birds of prey like Black and Grey Falcons. After a morning on the plains we will start heading East to Mount Isa and our accommodation for the next couple of nights.

We will be actively birding along the drive and depending on what time we get into Mount Isa will depend on if there is any birding done this day.

Accommodation - Ibis Styles, Mount Isa (https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0575-ibis-styles-mt-isa-verona/index.shtml)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 7 : Our first morning will begin an hour North of Mount Isa to look for one of our main targets, Carpentarian Grasswren, other birds in the area are Spinifex Pigeons, Black-tailed Treecreepers, Grey-headed & Grey-fronted Honeyeaters,

The afternoon will be spent looking for another Mount Isa speciality the Kalkadoon Grasswren, they are found on the Rocky Mountains around Mount Isa.

Accommodation - Ibis Styles, Mount Isa (https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0575-ibis-styles-mt-isa-verona/index.shtml)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 8 : What we do on the final morning of the tour will depend on which Grasswren we need better views of or photograph, we can go in search of the Carpentarian Grasswren again or look around the hills for Kalkadoon Grasswren.

Departure from Mount Isa, QLD

Target Species - Grey Falcon, Black Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Black-breasted Buzzard, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Rainbow Pitta, Green-backed Gerygone, Rufous Owl, Barking Owl, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Flock Bronzewing, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Dusky Grasswren, Spinifex Pigeon, Spinifexbird, Red-backed Fairywren, White-winged Fairywren, Yellow Chat, Crested Bellbird, Chiming Wedgebill, Banded Lapwing, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Hooded Parrot, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Grey-crowned Babbler, Northern Crested Shrike-tit, Apostlebird, Rufous Songlark, Varied Sittella, White-throated Gerygone, Chestnut-backed Button-quail, Double-barred Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch and Gouldian Finch.

Exclusions : Airfare arriving into Darwin before the tour & Airfare departing Mount Isa on the last day of tour.

Cost -  $14920.00 AUD - All inclusive for two people | Twin or Double Accommodation | Extra person - $6700.00 (Maximum 4)

Single Supplement $700.00

Exclusions : Airfare arriving into Darwin before the tour & Airfare departing Mount Isa on the last day of tour.

For larger groups please contact me for pricing and numbers etc.

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CAIRNS, ATHERTON TABLELANDS & SURROUNDS TOUR | 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

Day 1 - Today we will be spending the day exploring Cairns city itself. Sites we will visit include the famous Cairns Esplanade which is a fantastic place for shorebirds including Terek Sandpiper, Red-capped Plover, Australian Pelican, Grey-tailed Tattler, Greater & Lesser Sandplover, Red-necked Stint, Black-tailed & Bar-tailed Godwits, Gull-billed Tern, Little Tern, Caspian Tern and if we’re lucky a Beach-stone Curlew. The mangroves at the Northern end of the Esplanade are great for Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Varied Honeyeater, Mangrove Robin, Torresian Kingfisher and maybe a Satin Flycatcher.

Just North of town is Centenary Lakes where we find fresh and saltwater lakes, here we might see Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Australian Brush-Turkey, Cicadabird, Dusky Myzomela, Brown-backed Honeyeater, Yellow Honeyeaters, Large-billed Gerygone, Black Butcherbird, Magpie Goose, Little Kingfisher, Nankeen Night-heron, Radjah Shelduck, Metallic Starling, Double-eyed Fig-parrot, Green Oriole maybe a day roosting Papuan Frogmouth.

Accommodation - Novotel Oasis Resort, Cairns (https://www.novotelcairnsresort.com.au/)

Meals: (L, D).

Day 2 - Today we set off on a boat trip to visit the famous Great Barrier Reef, the morning will be spent exploring Michaelmas Cay which is home to thousands of seabirds these include Bridled Tern, Sooty Tern, Brown Noddy’s, Brown Boobies, Great & Lesser Frigatebird, Black-naped Tern, Lesser & Great Crested Terns and maybe a rarity like Roseate Tern or Red-footed Booby.

The afternoon will be spent at Hasting Reef where you will have the opportunity to go snorkelling at one of the best snorkelling spots out of Cairns. After a day out on the water we should arrive back in Cairns around 4.30pm, if the tides are good we will spend some more time looking for some of the rarer shorebirds which can sometimes be found on the mud flats along the esplanade.

To finish off the day we will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the many great restaurant in the city.

TOUR - Seastar Reef Cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef and Michaelmas Cay (http://www.seastarcruises.com.au/where-we-go/michaelmas-cay)

Accommodation - Novotel Oasis Resort, Cairns (https://www.novotelcairnsresort.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 3 - Today our main target will be Southern Cassowary, we will be getting up early and heading South to Etty Bay where they are sometimes found walking around in the open and maybe even on the beach making for great photo opportunities. After a morning at Etty Bay we will then make our way up the mountain onto the Atherton Tablelands and our accommodation for the next two nights, Crater Lake Rainforest Cottages.

Our afternoon will be spent around the lodge itself which is an incredible birding spot, here we have chances of seeing Spotted Catbird, Bridled Honeyeater, Yellow-spotted Honeyeater, Emerald Dove, Victoria’s Riflebird, Red-necked Crake, Chowchilla, Golden Whistler, Grey-headed Robin, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Wompoo Fruit-dove, Barred Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Fantail and maybe a Boyd's Forest Dragon.

Mammals around the property include Red-legged pademelon and Musky Rat-kangaroo.

Accommodation - Crater Lake Rainforest Cottages (http://www.craterlakes.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 4 - Today we will spend the day exploring the Southern Tablelands, sites include the two stunning Crater Lakes of Barrine and Eacham which are great for the local rainforest birds, Mount Hypippamee National Park holding some of the local high elevation rainforest birds, Hasties Swamp famous for its ducks and water birds and the huge Curtain Fig Tree which is great for birds like Grey-headed Robin, Pied Monarch and Victoria’s Riflebird.

Mammals we will be looking for include some of Australia’s most iconic mammals like Lumholtz Tree-kangaroo and Platypus.

An optional night out spotlighting could find us a huge list of possible mammals, these include Lumholtz Tree-kangaroo, Coppery Brush-tailed Possum, Ring-tailed Possum, Herbert River Ringtail Possum, Lemuroid Ringtail Possum, Green Ringtail Possum, Giant White-tailed Rat, Musky Rat-kangaroo, Northern Brown Bandicoot, Sugar Glider, Feather-tailed Glider and the northern race of Yellow-bellied Glider.

Accommodation - Crater Lake Rainforest Cottages (http://www.craterlakes.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 5  - A final morning birding around the Crater Lakes before heading North to the beautiful Sweetwater Lodge which is perfectly located in one of Australia’s premier birding areas, Julateen. This area is fantastic for species like Noisy Pitta, Pale Yellow Robin, Lovely Fairywren, Northern Fantail, Square-tailed Kite, Pacific Baza, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Barred Cuckoo-shrike, Graceful Honeyeater, Spectacled Monarch, Black-faced Monarch and Pied Monarch.

Accommodation - Sweetwater Lodge, Julatten (http://www.sweetwaterlodge.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 6 - This morning we will be getting up early and heading up to one of Australia’s best birding spots, Mount Lewis. Here the birding can be challenging but very rewarding with species like Bower’s Shrike-thrush, Grey-headed Robin, White-throated (Little) Treecreeper, Fernwren, Mountain Thornbill, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Large-billed Scrubwren, Atherton Scrubwren, Chowchilla, Bridled Honeyeater and one of Australia’s best birds the male Golden Bowerbird, hopefully tending to his Bower.

The afternoon will be spent in some dryer habitats looking for White-cheeked Honeyeaters, Yellow Honeyeater, Brown-backed Honeyeater, Square-tailed Kite, Brown-backed Honeyeaters, Noisy Friarbirds and maybe a Cotton Pygmy-goose.

Accommodation - Sweetwater Lodge, Julatten (http://www.sweetwaterlodge.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 7 - This morning we will be heading to Mount Carbine to look for some of the local dry habitat birds. Here we have chances of seeing Australian Bustard, Great Bowerbird, Squatter Pigeon, Pale-headed Rosella, Red-winged Parrot, Tawny Frogmouth, Black-throated Finch, White-throated Gerygone and the Northern race of Brown Treecreeper.

After lunch at Mount Malloy we will be making our way up to the Daintree where we will take the ferry across to Cape Tribulation and explore the area. Here we have another chance for Southern Cassowary and some great Rainforest birds like Noisy Pitta and Wompoo Fruit-dove.

Accommodation - Redmill House (http://www.redmillhouse.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 8 - At dawn we will take a private boat cruise along the Daintree River with one of the best local guides around, Murray Hunt the Daintree Boatman. Here we will be scanning the trees along the river for great birds like Wompoo Fruit-Doves, Papuan Frogmouth, Double-eyed Fig-Parrots, Macley’s Honeyeater, Superb Fruit-dove, Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher and if were lucky a Great-billed Heron. Depending on the time of year we also have a chance to see one of Australia’s rarest ducks the Spotted Whistling-duck.  After three hours along the river we will return to Red Mill House for a late cooked breakfast on their veranda.

The rest of the day will be spent exploring the area including Stewarts Creek road which is great for Tawny Grassbird, Pale-vented Bush-hen, Noisy Pitta and maybe a Superb Fruit-dove.

Targets - Same as above

TOUR - Morning Private Boat Trip on the Daintree River (http://www.daintreerivertours.com.au/)

Accommodation - Redmill House (http://www.redmillhouse.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 9 - The final morning of tour we will be enjoying another amazing morning on the Daintree River with Murray, after breakfast on the balcony we will slowly make our way back to Cairns.

Depending on your flight will depend on how much more birding will be done along the way.

TOUR - Morning Private Boat Trip on the Daintree River (http://www.daintreerivertours.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L,).

Cost -  $18250.00 AUD - All inclusive for two people | Twin or Double Accommodation 

Single Supplement $2400.00

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DARWIN to ALICE SPRINGS via TENNANT CREEK TOUR | 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

Tour Begins - Darwin, NT

Departure -  Alice Springs, NT

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 : Arrival day into Darwin, depending on the time you arrive will depend on how much birding is done. If you arrive at a reasonable time we will check the tides for shore birding or maybe visit one of the many great reserves around the city.

Accommodation - Club Tropical Resort, Darwin (http://clubtropicalresortdarwin.com.au/)

Meals: (L, D).

DAY 2 : Pick you up from your accommodation in Darwin between 6 - 7 am. We will spend the morning exploring the many nature reserves around Darwin. The main species we will be targeting are Rufous Owl, Barking Owl, Tawny Frogmouth, Rainbow Pitta, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Bush-stone Curlew, Brown Whistler, Northern Fantail, Forest Kingfisher and Little Corella. We will also spend time in the Mangroves trying to photograph Red-headed Myzomela, Mangrove Gerygone, Mangrove Golden Whistler and Torresian Kingfisher.

Lunch will be had at one of Darwin great Cafes before we spend the afternoon photographing anything we missed in the morning and depending on tides photographing some of the mangrove and shorebird species out at Lee Point and Buffalo Creek.

Driving Time - 1.0 Hours

Accommodation - Club Tropical Resort, Darwin (http://clubtropicalresortdarwin.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 3 : We head out early to one of Darwin’s best and famous birding spots, Fogg Dam. Targets here include Black-necked Stork, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Pied Heron, Comb-crested Jacana, Arafura Fantail, Paperbark Flycatcher, Royal Spoonbill, Crimson Finch and Forest Kingfisher. After our time at Fogg Dam we explore the Adelaide River Flood Plains and maybe Marrakai Tracks before making our way East towards Kakadu and our accommodation for the night.

After checking in at our hotel in Jabiru we will then head South toward Nawurlandja to bird our first Arnhemland Sandstone and watch the sunset. Targets here are Banded Fruit-dove, Partridge Pigeon, Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, White-lined Honeyeater, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and the Sandstone race of Helmeted Friarbird.

Driving Time - 3.0 Hours

Accommodation - The Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru (https://www.kakadutourism.com/accommodation/kakadu-crocodile-hotel/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 4 : This morning we will enjoy an amazing buffet breakfast at the hotel before heading south along the Kakadu Highway to the Nourlangie, Nawurlandja & Anbangbang areas for the morning, these areas are great for all the Kakadu endemics including Partridge Pigeons, Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, Banded Fruit-doves, Helmeted Friarbird & White-lined Honeyeaters.

The afternoon will be spent concentrating on the local endemic birds we missed.

Driving Time - 2.0 Hours

Accommodation - The Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru (https://www.kakadutourism.com/accommodation/kakadu-crocodile-hotel/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 5 : This morning we will be booked on a 2 hours cruise around the famous Yellow-waters Billabong, this is usually one of the highlights of the tour with usually thousands of water birds to point out lens at. Main targets are Little & Azure Kingfishers, Black Bittern, Nankeen Night-heron, Plumbed & Wandering Whistling-ducks, Black-necked Storks, Green Pygmy-goose and Great-billed Heron. After the cruise we will head back to the lodge for a big brunch before making our way South towards Pine Creek and our accommodation for the night.

The afternoon is spent around Pine Creek tracking down the endemic Hooded Parrot and Partridge Pigeon if we haven’t already found one.

Driving Time - 2.0 Hours

BOAT CRUISE - 2 Hour Boat Cruise in the Morning

Accommodation - Lazy Lizard, Pine Creek (https://lazylizardpinecreek.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 6 : A nice early morning to head just South to set up at a secret water hole for the morning, this is the best chance to photograph the spectacular Gouldian Finch, other birds that come into drink include Hooded Parrots, Long-Tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Double-barred Finch, Banded Honeyeater, Great Bowerbird and Brown Quail.

After a productive morning we travel South to Katherine for a delicious lunch, after checking in to our accommodation for the night we will be exploring an area West of Katherine. Here we will be looking for Chestnut-backed Button-quail, Hooded Parrot, Gouldian Finch and Northern Rosella.

Driving Time - 2.0 Hours

Accommodation - Ibis Styles, Katherine (https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-3112-ibis-styles-katherine/index.shtml)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 7 : An early start to head South to look for one of the Northern Territories most wanted birds the Northern Shrike-tit, this location is also a great area for Finches, Woodswallows, Button-quail and Black-tailed Treecreepers. After a morning of birding at this site we start the big drive South toward Tennant Creek and our accommodation for the night. If we get to Tennant Creek in time we will spend the afternoon around the beautiful and mostly unexplored Honeymoon Range, here our main target is the rarely seen and photographed Tennant Creek race of Dusky Grasswren. In the same area we will also be looking for Painted Finch, White-winged Fairy-wren, Spinfexbird, Australian Ringneck and Spinifex Pigeons.

Driving Time - 7.0 Hours

Accommodation - Three Ways Roadhouse, Tennant Creek (http://threewaysroadhouse.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 8 : On this morning we will head back to the Honeymoon Range, we will be looking for better views or to find anything we missed the previous day. We will also be checking out the Tennant Creek Sewage ponds which can be very productive and sometimes turn up a rarity or two.

After lunch in Tennant Creek we go East for the afternoon to explore the Barkly Tablelands, here we will be looking for Grey Falcon, Masked & White-browed Woodswallows and what ever else turns up.

Driving Time - 4.0 Hours

AAccommodation - Three Ways Roadhouse, Tennant Creek (http://threewaysroadhouse.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 9 : On this morning we will head back to the Honeymoon Range, we will be looking for better views or to find anything we missed the previous day.

After lunch in Tennant Creek we will making the big drive South to Alice Springs, we will be actively birding along the drive and depending on what time we get into Alice Springs will depend on if there is any birding done this day.

Driving Time - 5.5 Hours

Accommodation - Hilton, Alice Springs (https://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/northern-territory/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-alice-springs-ASPDADI/index.html)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 10 :

Today we will be looking to photograph some of the harder to find birds around Alice Springs, these include White-browed Tree-creeper, Grey Honeyeater, Banded Whiteface, Redthroat, Chirruping Wedgebill, Masked & White-browed Woodswallows and maybe Black-breasted Buzzard or a Black Falcon.

This afternoon we will spend our time exploring around the cities many reserves including the Botanic Gardens which is a great place to see Western Bowerbird, Australian Ring-necked Parrot, White-fronted Honeyeater and maybe a local Black-footed Rock Wallaby.

Accommodation - Hilton, Alice Springs (https://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/northern-territory/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-alice-springs-ASPDADI/index.html)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Driving Time - 2.0 Hours

Day 11 : This morning we will head out to an area not far out of Alice Springs, our main targets will be Budgerigars, Cockatiel, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Dusky Grasswren, Red-capped Robin, Bourkes Parrot and Mulga Parrot.

After a nice lunch at the Alice Springs Botanic Gardens we will head West to the spectacular West McDonald Rangers, here our main target will be Spinifex Pigeons but we also have possibilities for Redthroat, Dusky Grasswren and Rainbow Bee-eater.

Accommodation - Hilton, Alice Springs (https://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/northern-territory/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-alice-springs-ASPDADI/index.html)

Meals: (B, L, D).

Driving Time - 3.0 Hours

Day 12 : Today is departure day so depending on flights will depend on what we can do this morning.

Meals: (B, L).

Depart Alice Springs

Exclusions : Airfare arriving into Darwin before the tour & Airfare departing Alice Springs on the last day of tour.

OPTIONAL : 3 Day / 2 Night Uluru Extension to see Sandhill Grasswren (Enquire about pricing)

Cost -  $21980.00 AUD - All inclusive for two people | Twin or Double Accommodation | Extra person - $9950.00 (Maximum 4)

Single Supplement $1100.00

Exclusions : Airfare arriving into Darwin before the tour & Airfare departing Alice Springs on the last day of tour.

For larger groups please contact me for pricing and numbers etc.

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ULTIMATE NORTHERN AUSTRALIA TOUR | 19 DAYS / 18 NIGHTS

Tour Begins - Darwin, Northern Territory.

Departure -  Brisbane, Queensland.

Ultimate Northern Australia Tour | 19 Day / 18 Nights

DAY 1 - Pick you up from your accommodation around 6.30am. We’ll visit Buffalo Creek, where, depending on the tide, we have a chance of glimpsing Chestnut Rail. It spends most of its time hidden in dense mangroves, but we’ll certainly hear it calling and with luck might see it. Other mangrove species will entertain us, including Black Butcherbird, Mangrove Gerygone, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Yellow White-eye, Mangrove Golden Whistler and Mangrove Robin. On the nearby beach we may see the huge yet elusive Beach Thick-knee. Our next spot will be one of the local reserves containing Monsoon Forest, here we will be in search of Grey Whistler, Arafura Fantail, Little Shrike-thrush, Green-backed Gerygone, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove and our main target Rainbow Pitta. Last spot before lunch will be the Darwin Botanic Gardens where we will be looking for Rufous and Barking Owls on there day roosts.

Lunch will be at one of Darwins local cafes before heading East toward Kakadu, Australia’s largest terrestrial national park. Covering almost 20,000 sq. km, it is a place of enormous ecological and biological diversity. The rock escarpments are a treasure trove of Aboriginal rock paintings. And the bird-life and wildlife is spectacular! Along the way we will visit two of Australia’s best wetlands, Fogg Dam and Mamukala, these wetlands can hold thousands of waterbirds. We expect to see waterfowl such as Magpie Goose, Radjah Shelduck, Hardhead, Plumed and Wandering Whistling-Duck, Green Pygmy-Goose and egrets and herons include Little, Intermediate and Great Egret, Nankeen Night-Heron and White-necked and Pied Heron.

After checking in at our hotel in Jabiru we will then head South toward Nawurlandja to bird our first Arnhemland Sandstone and watch the sunset. Targets here are Banded Fruit-dove, Partridge Pigeon, Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, White-lined Honeyeater, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and the Sandstone race of Helmeted Friarbird.

Accommodation - The Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru (https://www.kakadutourism.com/accommodation/kakadu-crocodile-hotel/)

Meals: (L, D).

DAY 2 - An early morning to head North to Bardedjilidji for an early morning walk, here we will be looking Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon, Sandstone Shrike-thrush and maybe a Rainbow Pitta or Rose-crowned Fruit-dove. After the walk our next spot is Ubirr for the rest of the morning. This spectacular view over the floodplain can also be a great place for Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon and Sandstone Shrike-thrush. This is also a great place to see Short-eared Rock Wallaby. If the tide is right we will check out Cahill crossing to see its famous crocodiles feeding together then it will be time to head back for lunch.

After a break in the middle of the day we will head to Nourlangie to clean up any of the endemics we have missed, this is also a great spot to see some aboriginal artwork.

Accommodation - The Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru (https://www.kakadutourism.com/accommodation/kakadu-crocodile-hotel/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 3 - We will enjoy an early morning cruise on the famous Yellow-waters Billabong, this world class wetland is home to a huge amount of water birds including Black-necked Stork, Wandering & Plumed Whistling-Ducks, Radjah Shelduck, Nankeen Night-heron, Pied Heron, Bar-breasted Honeyeater, Green Pygmy-goose and some of the rarer birds like Great-billed Heron, Little & Azure Kingfishers and also Black Bittern. After the cruise we will head back to the lodge to check out and have lunch before heading South to Pine Creek and our accommodation for the night, along the way we have a chance for Australia's rarest bird of prey the Red Goshawk which nests in the area.

The afternoon is spent around Pine Creek tracking down the endemic Hooded Parrot, along with Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Varied and Red-collared Lorikeet. We also stand a chance of Little Corella, Sulphur-crested and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.

Accommodation - Lazy Lizard, Pine Creek (https://lazylizardpinecreek.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 4 - An early morning start to head south for our first chance to see the spectacular Gouldian Finch, other birds in the area include Hooded Parrots, Long-Tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Double-barred Finch, Banded Honeyeater, Great Bowerbird and Brown Quail.

After a morning around Edith Falls we head South to Katherine for lunch before heading West to the Victoria River Region about 200 km west, along the way we will stop at a few secret spots to see what we can find. The afternoon at Victoria River can be spent searching for Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens along the banks of the Victoria River or go and look for White-quilled Rock-pigeons which are found up on the escarpments.

Accommodation - Victoria River Roadhouse (en-suite Room)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 5 - The morning will be spent around the roadhouse at Victoria River looking for Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens, Birds of Prey and Finches. We will then start head west to Timber Creek and our accommodation for the night, this is one of my favourite birding areas in the Northern Territory. Along the way we will be stopping to look for Red-browed Pardalote, Black-breasted Buzzard and maybe a Finch or two.

The afternoon will be spent looking for Yellow-rumped Mannikin, Star Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Red-backed Kingfisher, Purple-crowned Fairy-wren and maybe a Chestnut-backed Button-quail.

Accommodation - Timber Creek Hotel (http://timbercreekhotel.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 6 - This morning we will be setting up at one of the many great dry season watering holes in the area, possibilities here are Double-barred Finch, Crimson Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Star Finch, Zebra Finch, Yellow-rumped Mannikin, Pictorella Mannikin and Gouldian Finch. Hopefully have birds coming down to drink in front of us.

After a morning in the area we start our big drive back to Darwin, I expect to be back in Darwin at a reasonable hour ready for our flight to Cairns the following day.

Accommodation - Club Tropical Resort, Darwin. (http://clubtropicalresortdarwin.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 7 - Todays birding will depend on what time our flight to Cairns is.

# FLY DARWIN TO CAIRNS

Accommodation - Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Cairns (https://www.novotelcairnsresort.com.au)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 8 - Today we will be spending the day exploring Cairns city itself. Sites we will visit include the famous Cairns Esplanade which is a fantastic place for shorebirds including Terek Sandpiper, Red-capped Plover, Australian Pelican, Grey-tailed Tattler, Greater & Lesser Sandplover, Red-necked Stint, Black-tailed & Bar-tailed Godwits, Gull-billed Tern, Little Tern, Caspian Tern and if we’re lucky a Beach-stone Curlew. The mangroves at the Northern end of the Esplanade are great for Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Varied Honeyeater, Mangrove Robin, Torresian Kingfisher and maybe a Satin Flycatcher.

Just North of town is Centenary Lakes where we find fresh and saltwater lakes, here we might see Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Australian Brush-Turkey, Cicadabird, Dusky Myzomela, Brown-backed Honeyeater, Yellow Honeyeaters, Large-billed Gerygone, Black Butcherbird, Magpie Goose, Little Kingfisher, Nankeen Night-heron, Radjah Shelduck, Metallic Starling, Double-eyed Fig-parrot, Green Oriole maybe a day roosting Papuan Frogmouth.

Accommodation - Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Cairns (https://www.novotelcairnsresort.com.au)

Meals: (L, D).

DAY 9 - Today we set off on a boat trip to visit the famous Great Barrier Reef, the morning will be spent exploring Michaelmas Cay which is home to thousands of seabirds these include Bridled Tern, Sooty Tern, Brown Noddy’s, Brown Boobies, Great & Lesser Frigatebird, Black-naped Tern, Lesser & Great Crested Terns and maybe a rarity like Roseate Tern or Red-footed Booby.

The afternoon will be spent at Hasting Reef where you will have the opportunity to go snorkelling at one of the best snorkelling spots out of Cairns. After a day out on the water we should arrive back in Cairns around 4.30pm, if the tides are good we will spend some more time looking for some of the rarer shorebirds which can sometimes be found on the mud flats along the esplanade.

To finish off the day we will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the many great restaurant in the city.

TOUR - Seastar Reef Cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef and Michaelmas Cay (http://www.seastarcruises.com.au/where-we-go/michaelmas-cay)

Accommodation - Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Cairns (https://www.novotelcairnsresort.com.au)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 10 - Today our main target will be Southern Cassowary, we will be getting up early and heading South to Etty Bay where they are sometimes found walking around in the open and maybe even on the beach making for great photo opportunities. After a morning at Etty Bay we will then make our way up the mountain onto the Atherton Tablelands and our accommodation for the next two nights, Crater Lake Rainforest Cottages.

Our afternoon will be spent around the lodge itself which is an incredible birding spot, here we have chances of seeing Spotted Catbird, Bridled Honeyeater, Yellow-spotted Honeyeater, Emerald Dove, Victoria’s Riflebird, Red-necked Crake, Chowchilla, Golden Whistler, Grey-headed Robin, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Wompoo Fruit-dove, Barred Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Fantail and maybe a Boyd's Forest Dragon.

Mammals around the property include Red-legged pademelon and Musky Rat-kangaroo.

Accommodation - Crater Lake Rainforest Cottages (http://www.craterlakes.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 11 - Today we will spend the day exploring the Southern Tablelands, sites include the two stunning Crater Lakes of Barrine and Eacham which are great for the local rainforest birds, Mount Hypippamee National Park holding some of the local high elevation rainforest birds, Hasties Swamp famous for its ducks and water birds and the huge Curtain Fig Tree which is great for birds like Grey-headed Robin, Pied Monarch and Victoria’s Riflebird.

Mammals we will be looking for include some of Australia’s most iconic mammals like Lumholtz Tree-kangaroo and Platypus.

An optional night out spotlighting could find us a huge list of possible mammals, these include Lumholtz Tree-kangaroo, Coppery Brush-tailed Possum, Ring-tailed Possum, Herbert River Ringtail Possum, Lemuroid Ringtail Possum, Green Ringtail Possum, Giant White-tailed Rat, Musky Rat-kangaroo, Northern Brown Bandicoot, Sugar Glider, Feather-tailed Glider and the northern race of Yellow-bellied Glider.

Accommodation - Crater Lake Rainforest Cottages (http://www.craterlakes.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 12  - A final morning birding around the Crater Lakes before heading North to the beautiful Sweetwater Lodge which is perfectly located in one of Australia’s premier birding areas, Julateen. This area is fantastic for species like Noisy Pitta, Pale Yellow Robin, Lovely Fairywren, Northern Fantail, Square-tailed Kite, Pacific Baza, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Barred Cuckoo-shrike, Graceful Honeyeater, Spectacled Monarch, Black-faced Monarch and Pied Monarch.

Accommodation - Sweetwater Lodge, Julatten (http://www.sweetwaterlodge.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 13 - This morning we will be getting up early and heading up to one of Australia’s best birding spots, Mount Lewis. Here the birding can be challenging but very rewarding with species like Bower’s Shrike-thrush, Grey-headed Robin, White-throated (Little) Treecreeper, Fernwren, Mountain Thornbill, Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Large-billed Scrubwren, Atherton Scrubwren, Chowchilla, Bridled Honeyeater and one of Australia’s best birds the male Golden Bowerbird, hopefully tending to his Bower.

The afternoon will be spent in some dryer habitats looking for White-cheeked Honeyeaters, Yellow Honeyeater, Brown-backed Honeyeater, Square-tailed Kite, Brown-backed Honeyeaters, Noisy Friarbirds and maybe a Cotton Pygmy-goose.

Accommodation - Sweetwater Lodge, Julatten (http://www.sweetwaterlodge.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 14 - This morning we will be heading to Mount Carbine to look for some of the local dry habitat birds. Here we have chances of seeing Australian Bustard, Great Bowerbird, Squatter Pigeon, Pale-headed Rosella, Red-winged Parrot, Tawny Frogmouth, Black-throated Finch, White-throated Gerygone and the Northern race of Brown Treecreeper.

After lunch at Mount Malloy we will be making our way up to the Daintree where we will take the ferry across to Cape Tribulation and explore the area. Here we have another chance for Southern Cassowary and some great Rainforest birds like Noisy Pitta and Wompoo Fruit-dove.

Accommodation - Redmill House (http://www.redmillhouse.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 15 - At dawn we will take a private boat cruise along the Daintree River with one of the best local guides around, Murray Hunt the Daintree Boatman. Here we will be scanning the trees along the river for great birds like Wompoo Fruit-Doves, Papuan Frogmouth, Double-eyed Fig-Parrots, Macley’s Honeyeater, Superb Fruit-dove, Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher and if were lucky a Great-billed Heron. Depending on the time of year we also have a chance to see one of Australia’s rarest ducks the Spotted Whistling-duck.  After three hours along the river we will return to Red Mill House for a late cooked breakfast on their veranda.

After breakfast on the balcony we will slowly make our way back to Cairns where we can follow up on any species we missed.

TOUR - Morning Private Boat Trip on the Daintree River (http://www.daintreerivertours.com.au/)

Accommodation - Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Cairns (https://www.novotelcairnsresort.com.au)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 16 - After a morning flight from Cairns (specific flight details to be confirmed later), we will arrive in Brisbane and head straight into the field. Our first stop will be some mangroves near the airport, searching for Chestnut Teal, Mangrove Gerygone, Mangrove Honeyeater and Collared Kingfisher.

After a productive morning we will then head South towards Lamington National Park and the comfortable lodgings of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. The drive up the steep windy road might find us a Spotted Pardalote, Variegated Fariy-wren and maybe a rare Glossy Black-cockatoo. When we arrive at the top we will be greeted by extremely tame Crimson Rosellas, Australian King-Parrots and maybe get out first glimpse of the incredible Regent Bowerbird flashing his yellow wings. After checking in we will spend the afternoon exploring the rainforest edges, trails and feeders.

# MORNING FLY CAIRNS to BRISBANE (specific flight details to be confirmed)

Accommodation - O’Reilly’s Rainforest Resort, QLD (https://oreillys.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 17 - We will have two full days to explore the areas around O’Reillys which include the Rainforest around the lodge and the open eucalyptus forest just down the hill. Target birds in the area include the spectacular Regent Bowerbird, Grey Goshawk, Top-knot Pigeon, White-headed Pigeon, Satin Bowerbiird, Wonga Pigeons, Paradise Riflebird, Australian Logrunner, Rose Robin, Noisy Pitta, Red-browed Treecreeper, Rose Robin, Green Catbird and if we are really lucky the extremely secretive Albert’s Lyrebird.

A night out spotlights could produce Sooty Owl, Marbled Frogmouth, Owlet Night-jar and Southern Boobook.

Accommodation - O’Reilly’s Rainforest Resort, QLD (https://oreillys.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 18 - Day around the O’Reillys Plateau.

Accommodation - O’Reilly’s Rainforest Resort, QLD (https://oreillys.com.au/)

Meals: (B, L, D).

DAY 19 - Departure day out of Brisbane

Cost -  $38400.00 AUD - All inclusive for two people | Twin or Double Accommodation 

Single Supplement $3800.00

Exclusions : Airfare arriving into Darwin before the tour & Airfare departing Brisbane on the last day of tour.

For larger groups please contact me for pricing and numbers etc.

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