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Birdwatching on Eyre Peninsula 3-day tour
A birdwatcher’s delight! Join us on a shared tour over three days and two nights. With 100 national and conservation parks, over 270 species of birds living in mallee bushland and spectacular coastal scenery, Eyre Peninsula is emerging as a ‘must-see’ destination for eco and wildlife tours.
Your guide is Fran Solly. A keen birdwatcher for more than 30 years, Fran knows the local birds well, including many by their call. She contributes to the local scientific database through bird surveys which are conducted across the Peninsula.
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Guests will be collected from their accommodation to travel to Mikkera Station for a late afternoon Koala and Bird Walk. Mikkera is a privately owned working farm, Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary. In the cool of the evening Koala's start to wake from their afternoon sleep and move around to feed. Kangaroos come out onto the flat to graze and an abundance of birdlife can be seen. The area is home to a range of bush birds including: Port Lincoln (Australian Ringneck) Parrots, Black-Faced Cuckoo-shrikes, Pallid Cuckoos, Golden Whistlers and an occasional Scarlet Robin.
Return to Port Lincoln for dinner and overnight accommodation.
Early morning- Billy Lights Point. This short walk is a bird lovers delight. A small fringe of coastal mallee and sheltered bays is the perfect location for both water birds and bush birds. Pied, Little Pied and Black Cormorants, Grey Teal and Chestnut Teal Ducks, Osprey, White-Bellied Sea-Eagle, Sooty Oyster Catchers, Pied Oyster Catchers, Striated Pardalotes, Western Yellow Robins, Superb Blue Wrens, Blue-Breasted Wrens, White-Browed Babblers, New Holland Honeyeaters, Brown-Headed Honey Eaters and Rock Parrots can all be found on this walk.
The next stop is at Big Swamp where a bird hide is available for viewing Black Swans, Grey Teal Ducks, Chestnut Teal Ducks, Pink Eared Ducks, Musk Ducks, Black Winged Stilts, Banded Plovers, Common Greenshank, Cape Baron Geese. The tour then moves to the Coffin Bay National Park where there are active Osprey Nests and where White-Bellied Sea-eagles can be seen fishing along the cliffs and sandy white beaches. The area is also home to Caspian Terns, Hooded Plovers, Red Capped Plovers, Red Necked Stints, Golden Whistlers, Masked Lapwings, Emu, Wedge Tailed Eagle. We will stop along the way at a known location for Southern Emu-Wrens and look for a small remnant flock of Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo.
Morning viewing is at the small coastal hamlet of Tulka where waders, Swans and Sea Birds can be seen from the Bird Hide. This is another known location for Southern Emu-Wrens near a well first dug by Captain Matthew Flinders when he explored the area in 1802
We booked the Birdwatching on Eyre Peninsula 3-day tour and it was amazing. It was incredibly easy to book the tour, with customizing it to include everything we wanted plus providing us details of all the places we would be visiting. Our tour guide, Fran, was absolutely exceptional. Her knowledge went far beyond just identifying bird species. She took us to some stunning spots in and around Port Lincoln, as far north as Lipson Cove and Tumby Bay, and throughout both Lincoln National Park and Coffin Bay National Park. As a prominent member of the birdwatching and tourism community, she was able to tap into a local network of birdwatchers to help us find everything we wanted to see. Although there was a large amount of driving involved, the vehicle had fantastic visibility and was very clean and comfortable. Its 4 wheel drive capabilities allowed us to go places no other tourists have the opportunity to visit. Happy hour at Mikkira Station was a highlight. The homestead provided us a fantastic insight into the history of the property and a Koala was in nearly every tree. We enjoyed some excellent local wine accompanied by delicious fruit and cheese. There are few properties in the world as beautiful as this place. We customized our tour to include an oyster tour. The tour guide, Chris, had deep knowledge and experience as an oyster farmer and gave us a fabulous introduction to the oyster industry in the region. We took a boat around Coffin Bay, visiting both older and newer oyster farming patches and were incredibly lucky to see two beautiful Osprey. We concluded the tour with a tray of delicious oysters, before heading off to a fabulous seafood platter lunch. The food was ready on arrival and utterly delicious. Overall we saw over 80 species over 3 days. Aside from the seafood lunch, we enjoyed a wonderful picnic lunch every day and either afternoon tea or happy hour. All of the food provided was delicious. The accommodation booked for us was excellent and convenient and we were also provided transportation to and from the airport.
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