South-western Australian Endemics Tour - 4-12 October 2019
Western Australia is Australia’s largest state, covering almost 1 million square miles and comprising the western third of the continent (which is an area larger than Western Europe). More than 500 bird species have been recorded here, including 18 endemics and many other sub-species, near endemics, migratory and other highly sought-after species. This tour concentrates on the south-western ‘corner’ of the state where most of the endemics can be located. The south-west of Western Australia is also one of the world's biodiversity ‘hotspots’, with some of the richest and most unique plant and animal life on earth. There are about 13,000 species of plants in Western Australia, many of which are yet to be formally named. Although primarily a birding tour, this trip will also provide opportunities to see some unique mammals and flora.
The timing of our 2019 tour has been timed to adjoin the Australian Native Plant Society (Australia) ANPSA conference which will be held in Albany from Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October 2019. Collection from Albany can be arranged for those wishing to join the conference.
Day 1. Fri 4 Oct 2019. Arrive Perth
Day 2. Sat 5 Oct 2019. Perth to Cheynes Beach with collection of ANPSA participants en route as required
Day 3. Sun 6 Oct 2019. Cheynes Beach - Waychinicup Inlet
Day 4. Mon 7 Oct 2019. Cheynes Beach - Stirling Range - Albany
Day 5. Tue 8 Oct 2019. Cheynes Beach to Jerramungup
Day 6. Wed 9 Oct 2019. Jerramungup to Narrogin
Day 7. Thu 10 Oct 2019. Dryandra State Forest and nocturnal wildlife.
Day 8. Fri 11 Oct 2019. Narrogin to Darling Range and Perth
Day 9. Sat 12 Oct 2019. Depart Perth.
B- breakfast, L- lunch, D-dinner
Day 1. Friday 4 October 2019. Arrive in Perth.
Today has been set aside as an arrival day so you are free to arrive at any time that suits your travel plans. You are to make your own way to the hotel in the city (please see notes at the end of this itinerary) and we will meet at the hotel at 7.00pm for a brief orientation and welcome dinner. Please note that no activities have been planned for this day but if you plan to arrive early and would like advice on options for the day please do contact our office.
Accommodation: Perth (en suite rooms).
Meals included: D.
Day 2. Saturday 5 October 2019. Perth to Cheynes Beach.
This morning after an early breakfast we travel to the southern coastline of Western Australia. Today is a long travel day but we will stop en route to bird. We will visit the Darling Range in search of the first of the endemics with Western Wattlebird and Gilbert's Honeyeater. We continue to Williams and a stop at the Beaufort River to look for Pink-eared Duck, Elegant Parrot, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Rufous Songlark, White-winged Triller and a chance of Painted Buttonquail and Black-tailed Native-hen. We continue to Kojonup and then to Rocky Gully where we will look for Western Corella and Baudin's Black Cockatoo. We will travel to Mt Barker and then stop at Porongurup for more chances of Baudin's Black Cockatoo and Scarlet Robin. We hope to arrive at Cheynes Beach in time for a first look for Noisy Scrubbird. We can arrange to collect ANPSA conference participants from Albany en route to Cheyne’s Beach. Accommodation: Cheynes Beach (en suite rooms).
Meals included: B, L, D.
Day 3. Sunday 6 October 2018. Cheynes Beach - Waychinicup Inlet.
This morning we will take a pre-breakfast walk to look for Noisy Scrub-bird and Western Bristlebird. After breakfast, we will spend the morning looking for Western Whipbird (nigrogularis), White-breasted Robin, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Splendid Fairy-wren, Western Wattlebird, Western Spinebill, Red-eared Firetail, Southern Emu-wren, Brush Bronzewing, Brown Quail, Sooty Oystercatcher and Pacific Gull. Lunch at Cheynes Beach. After lunch, we will look for Rock Parrot along the beach and then visit the very scenic Waychinicup Inlet for more chances of Red-winged Fairy-wren, Red-eared Firetail, Southern Emu-wren, Gilbert's Honeyeater, Carnaby's Black Cockatoo, Baudin's Black Cockatoo, Swamp Harrier, White-bellied Sea-Eagle. There are also good chances during the day for Southern Brown Bandicoot and several reptiles and with luck Quokka and Bush Rat. After dinner, we will take a spotlighting trip in search of Spotted Nightjar and Tawny Frogmouth with chances of a few mammals, frogs or reptiles.
Accommodation: Cheynes Beach (en suite rooms).
Meals included: B, L, D.
Day 4. Monday 7 October 2019. Cheynes Beach - Stirling Range - Albany.
We will spend the early morning at Cheynes Beach if needed, and then travel to the Stirling Range where we will spend the morning looking for Emu, Hooded Plover, Carnaby's Black Cockatoo, Elegant Parrot, Regent Parrot, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Western Yellow Robin, Scarlet Robin, Restless Flycatcher and chances of Crested Shrike-tit, Australian Owlet-nightjar, Little Eagle, Rufous Songlark, Southern Emu-wren, Western (Rufous) Fieldwren and Square-tailed Kite. This is also a great place to view wildflowers. After lunch, we will go to Albany for more chances of Red-winged Fairy-wren, White-breasted Robin, Western Rosella, Red-eared Firetail and chances of Buff-banded Rail, Fairy Tern, some shorebirds and if time permits some seabirds. If needed, we have the option of visiting Two People's Bay which is a good backup site for Western Bristlebird and Western Whipbird (nigrogularis). Return to Cheynes Beach with another chance to spotlight for nocturnal birds and mammals after dinner.
Accommodation: Cheyne Beach (en suite rooms). Meals included: B, L, D.
Day 5. Tuesday 8 October 2019. Cheynes Beach to Jerramungup.
We have a final chance to search for Noisy Scrub-bird before travelling to Jerramungup and then east towards the Fitzgerald River NP to look for Western (Mallee) Whipbird (oberon), Shy Heathwren and Western (Rufous) Fieldwren. This is another excellent area for wildflowers. We will also look for Black-fronted Dotterel and Chestnut Teal. After lunch at Jerramungup we will visit the mallee to the south west where we will visit a Malleefowl mound (may not be active) and look for Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Southern Scrub-robin, White-browed Babbler, Spotted (Yellow-rumped) Pardalote, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren with chances for Banded Lapwing, Crested Bellbird and Square-tailed Kite plus more chances for Shy Heathwren, Western (Mallee) Whipbird (oberon) and Painted Button-quail. There is also a high chance of seeing Western Brush Wallaby. We will stay in this area until late afternoon to search for Malleefowl along the road side, before travelling back to Jerramungup for dinner.
Accommodation: Jerramungup (en suite rooms). Meals included: B, L, D.
Day 6. Wednesday 9 October 2019. Jerramungup to Narrogin.
After an early breakfast, we may revisit parts of the Stirling Range before continuing to Gnowangerup, Katanning and Wagin. We will visit several of the lakes near Wagin where the main targets are Banded Stilt, Red-necked Avocet, Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-kneed Dotterel, Pallid Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Mistletoebird, Red-capped Robin, Mulga Parrot and Hooded Plover. We will arrive in Narrogin in the late afternoon, hopefully with enough time to visit Fox's Lair near our accommodation. Accommodation: Narrogin (en suite rooms). Meals included: B, L, D.
Day 7. Thursday 10 October 2019. Dryandra State Forest. Narrogin.
We depart after an early breakfast for Dryandra State Forest. We probably will not return until about 22:30. The key targets today include Bush Stone-curlew, Painted Button-quail, Carnaby's Black Cockatoo, Elegant Parrot, Rufous Treecreeper, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Western Thornbill, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Gilbert's Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater, White-browed Babbler, Varied Sittella, Jacky Winter, Scarlet Robin, Red-capped Robin, Hooded Robin, Western Yellow Robin, and Crested Shrike-tit. We will also search for Numbat throughout the day, with the best chance in the late afternoon. After an early dinner, we will take a walk in an extensive fenced enclosure within Dryandra State Forest where the Department of Parks & Wildlife’s amazing efforts at breeding a variety threatened species has been very successful. We may encounter Bilby, Boodie (Burrowing Bettong), Mala (Rufous Hare-wallaby), Marl (Western-barred Bandicoot) and Mernine (Banded Hare-wallaby). This hare-wallaby is the sole surviving species of sthenurine kangaroos in a safe fox-free environment. On our return to the hotel we will spotlight for Tawny Frogmouth and a variety of mammals including Brush-tailed Possum, Short-beaked Echidna, Western Brush Wallaby, Tammar Wallaby and Woylie.
Accommodation: Narrogin (en suite rooms).
Meals included: B, L, D.
Day 8. Friday 11 October 2019. Narrogin to Perth.
We depart early this morning after breakfast. Activities for today depends on what we haven't seen. We have further options for Regent Parrot, Hooded Robin, Crested Shrike-tit, Red-eared Firetail, Baudin's Black Cockatoo, White-fronted Chat, Rufous Songlark, Brown Songlark, Gilbert's Honeyeater, Western Wattlebird and Fairy Tern. This afternoon will be spent around the Perth wetlands including Herdsman Lake for waterbirds such as Blue-billed Duck, Musk Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Freckled Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe, Nankeen Night-Heron, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Buff-banded Rail, Australian Crake, Spotless Crake, Swamp Harrier and Australian Hobby. We then travel to our accommodation in Perth at about 18:00.
Accommodation: Perth (en suite rooms).
Meals included: B, L, D.
Day 9. Saturday 12 October 2019. Depart Perth.
This morning we will depart Perth airport where the tour will end.
Meals included: B.
PRICING AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Group size: minimum 6 and maximum 8 participants to one guide or to 12 pax + 2 guides.
Tour Price: AU$4,995.00 per person sharing.
Single supplement: AU$680.00
Please enquire about price if you wish to be collected from Albany on day 2 (5th October 2019).
Price includes: Accommodation as per the itinerary, specialist guide and transport, meals, entrance fees and activities as mentioned in the itinerary.
Price does not include: International and domestic airfares, alcoholic beverages, snacks, internet, laundry or other items of a personal nature.
Meals and drinks: Breakfast generally consists of a continental style breakfast with cereal, fruit and yoghurt and tea/coffee. Full cooked breakfast is not generally offered at most locations. Lunch will generally consist of a packed lunch style meal eaten in the field, with sandwich/filled roll, fruit, and a drink. Dinner usually consists of several options for main with the choice of either an appetiser or dessert. Drinks (soft and alcoholic) are generally not included but at lunches and breakfasts juice may be made available.
The itinerary: Whilst we aim to follow the itinerary as planned, please note that the itinerary provided should only be used as a guideline. Depending on individual trip circumstances, weather, and local information, the exact itinerary may not be strictly adhered to. The guides reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary as they see fit.