With the tip of the yr approaching you may take into account the place you want to go birding in Australia in 2023. As you effectively know we’re an enormous continent with many outlying islands and an enormous number of bird-life. Regardless of all the risks we have-snakes, spiders, crocodiles, lethal jellyfish, lethal fish, leeches, ticks, mosquitoes after which a pandemic-we nonetheless have a inhabitants of virtually 26 million individuals. The vast majority of the inhabitants hugs the coast across the capital cities, however the bird-life is unfold all through the continent. Wherever you dare to go in Australia you gained’t be disenchanted by the birds that you just encounter. The selection of locations to go and birds to see is worrying, which is what we interpret the face of the younger Tawny Frogmouth above as!
Having written weekly for this web site since late 2010 and this being my 642nd submit I believed I may summarise a number of the posts that I’ve executed from varied locations round Australia that you just might need missed through the years. Perhaps you may be impressed to go to a capital metropolis or go to a distant location off the overwhelmed monitor! Some locations round Australia we solely visited for a short while and others for for much longer.
In 2010 I had a really primary digital camera and I now personal a Nikon B500 Coolpix. The explanation for this specific digital camera is that I want a digital camera that takes AA batteries for once we are away from energy for weeks on finish and isn’t too massive for travelling. There are Japanese made Eneloop Professional AA batteries that can final for over 1000 images fairly simply these days, so that is my preferrred digital camera.
If you wish to depart the mainland of Australia then we’d extremely advocate Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island for an incredible nature based mostly vacation. We now have been to each of those islands, however that was earlier than I began to write down right here. Our subsequent vacation island was Tasmania as we moved to larger islands! I wrote about our second vacation in Tasmania in 2011 and I might advocate a number of weeks travelling across the island to actually take pleasure in all that it has to supply. I might advise travelling outdoors of college holidays to keep away from crowds and examine the climate too, as a result of it may be fairly a chilly vacation spot relying on the time of yr. Even the Pink Robins look chilly in summer season in Tasmania!
The articles that I wrote on Tasmania are beneath with the hyperlinks:-
Tasmania:Another great birding holiday destination!
Tasmania:rarely seen road signs
Flying to Tasmania often means travelling by way of Sydney or Melbourne, so what higher excuse than to include some bird-watching in both of these capital cities? I do know you all wish to see Highly effective Owls just like the one beneath, so it’s at all times value a glance! Tom saw a Powerful Owl on his go to and so did we, so go and look!
Highly effective Owl
Across the Sydney space I’ve written about a number of locations over the previous 12 years and listed below are the hyperlinks:-
Powerful Owl in the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney
Berowra and Mt Kuring-gai trails
Bass Point Reserve-New South Wales
Lake Illawarra-New South Wales
Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
Mount Alexandra Nature Reserve-Mittagong
Autumn birding in the Blue Mountains
If you’re occupied with discovering Rock Warblers then listed below are the locations that we have now noticed them:-
Rock Warblers in the Blue Mountains
New South Wales is an effective location to seek out the Superb Lyrebird too and I wrote about that too!
If you’re on the lookout for one thing extra vibrant then you’ll be able to’t go mistaken with Australian King Parrots and Satin Bowerbirds and their bowers!
When you occur to seek out your self in Melbourne then there are additionally loads of locations to go birding within the metropolis itself or not far by public transport. We don’t thoughts a protracted stroll, so there are a number of walks which have been executed within the space and all supply nice views and birds. In fact it’s at all times good to seek out Gang-gang Cockatoos and I’ve photographed them in Victoria since I began to write down right here.
Listed below are a number of concepts and the hyperlinks for you round Melbourne and Victoria from our journeys through the years since I began to write down right here.
Birding Albert Park, Melbourne
Tiger Snake and birds under observation
Melbourne to Beaumaris along the coast
Sandringham to Mordialloc along the coast
Ferntree Gully-Dandenong Ranges National Park
One Tree Hill-Dandenong Ranges National Park
Geelong-Rippleside Park to Eastern Park
Echidna-egg laying mammal-500th post
Banded Stilt and Red-necked Avocets abound
Laughing Kookaburra in attack mode
Gang-gang Cockatoos-a Christmas wish
Rufous Fantail and other forest surprises
Spotted Pardalotes through a glass window
We now have travelled to Queensland twice since I began to write down right here and the primary time was by aircraft from Broome to Brisbane. We didn’t go into Brisbane itself, however went exploring with a rental automotive and our tent for a month with no actual route deliberate. We went the place the climate suited our tenting adventures and we noticed what we noticed! That’s the best way we journey! The second journey was by street from Broome and took us into extra distant areas of Queensland to the north the place we had not been earlier than. We had hoped to seek out Sarus Cranes once we travelled additional north and we weren’t disenchanted.
Listed below are the hyperlinks for locations that we have now been to in Queensland that you could be additionally wish to go to.
Birding across the north of Australia in July
Caranbirini Conservation Reserve
As a consequence of the truth that we reside in Broome we regularly journey North seeking birds and we’re nearer to the capital metropolis of Darwin within the Northern Territory than we’re to our capital metropolis, Perth, in Western Australia. The Northern Territory is a large territory and we have now explored various it through the years. I’ve not written about in every single place we have now been through the years, however listed below are a number of concepts for you to consider! That you must head north from Broome to seek out Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens, so why not!?
Cockatoo Lagoon, Keep River National Park
Great Bowerbird bowers-Keep River National Park
Knuckey Lagoons Conservation Reserve
McMinns Lagoon Recreation Reserve
Berry Springs Nature Reserve and Darwin River Dam
A Partridge Pigeon after too many years
Apostlebirds in the Northern Territory
Great Bowerbirds collecting blue items
Great Bowerbird bower-Katherine Gorge National Park
Brown Falcon foraging after a bush fire
Often we have now travelled to Perth through the years we have now lived in Broome. We now have travelled each by aircraft, which takes 2 1/2 hours and by car, which takes 2 1/2 days and any time we’re within the metropolis we guarantee that we go to Herdsman Lake. Herdsman Lake is definitely accessible by public transport, however when we have now visited by car we have now gone additional afield to Yanchep Nationwide Park and the Perth Hills.
We now have travelled extensively round Western Australia through the years each north and south of Broome and I’ve written about a few of these tenting journeys too. Listed below are the hyperlinks to a number of the areas we have now travelled to or by way of since I began to write down right here. I’ve put up the latest hyperlink for some areas, as a result of there are hyperlinks in these posts for older posts.
Juvenile Nankeen Evening-Heron above our tent
Low level crossing at Fitzroy Crossing
Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens at Geikie Gorge
Munkajarra wetlands near Derby
Birdlife at the Fortescue River
Eighty Mile Beach Pied Oystercatchers
Birding a Kimberley quarry in 2020
Brolga feeding at Marlgu Billabong
Birding Kununurra late in the year
Conspicuous Cliffs and Peaceful Bay
Burra Rock Conservation Reserve
In fact then it brings us again to Broome, the place we have now lived for over twenty three years. Greater than 300 chook species have been recorded in Broome and there may be loads of selection. Our backyard has had an impressive number of birds visit through the years. Over time we have now seen modifications within the chook species that go to and totally different occasions of yr supply totally different species. We live in among the finest locations in Australia to watch migratory shorebirds and an enormous number of different species. We by no means tire of the bird-life that surrounds us at dwelling and if we would like a change we will simply hop in our car and head out bush.
Buff-banded Rail in our backyard
Round Broome itself there are many alternatives to watch birds and listed below are some hyperlinks to locations that you may take a look at.
Weather and bird-watching at the Port of Broome
A few more birds and streetlights
Broome Poo Ponds-Barndarlmarda Hut
Through the years that we have now lived in Broome there have been quite a few chook species that seem unexpectedly. The chook species has both received misplaced on migration or arrived resulting from inclement climate. Listed below are some hyperlinks to a few of these chook species.
Hoopoe close to Broome
Semipalmated Plover in Broome again
Australian Painted Snipe breeding near Broome once again
Fairy Pitta in Australia-a sad story
Greater Sand Plover with abnormal colouration
Wedge-tailed Shearwater at Cable Beach
Over the 642 posts I’ve written I’ve hardly touched the floor of the numerous observations that we have now loved through the years, however I hope it can encourage you to return and discover. I’ve written about birds that breed right here and birds that we observe usually in addition to birds that we solely see sometimes. There’s no scarcity of images of Pied Oystercatchers that I’ve taken, although!
Pied Oystercatcher household
Regardless of writing weekly I don’t seem to have run out of birds to share but! When you search within the field on the precise hand aspect of the web site I’m certain you’ll find some Australian birds of curiosity! There are Australian birds I’ve not photographed but, so possibly that’s my problem for 2023! Nonetheless, I’m extra prone to be focussed on taking a look at birds than making an attempt to get the most effective photograph!
If you’re travelling to Australia from abroad then it’s extremely probably that you’ll have to come by way of Singapore. We spent three weeks in Singapore previous to the pandemic and we will extremely advocate these areas that I wrote about and as soon as once more you’ll be able to click on on the hyperlink to see the submit.
Central Catchment Nature Reserve Singapore
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Lower Peirce Reservoir Singapore
Birding the Changi Business Park-Singapore
Blue-winged Pitta in Singapore
White-crested Laughingthrush in Singapore
Sunda Pygmy Woodpeckers in Singapore
Nesting Oriental Pied Hornbills in Singapore
White-breasted Waterhens in Singapore
White-throated Kingfishers in Singapore
Finding an Asian Openbill in Singapore-second ever record!
So, with the final week of 2022 upon us and 2023 quick approaching it’s time for us all to contemplate “The place may you go birding in Australia in 2023?”.
All the most effective for 2023!
Take pleasure in all the birds that you just see and listen to!