Tasmanian Endemic Birds and Mammals Tour 1st -10th Feb 2020

Forty Spotted Pardalote by Cindy Marple - Inala Nature Tours
Forty Spotted Pardalote by Cindy Marple - Inala Nature Tours
Tour date: 
Saturday, 1 February 2020 to Monday, 10 February 2020
Duration: 
10 days
Price: 
AUD $5,995 per person twin share. Single supplement: $990
Highlights: 
All of Tasmania’s endemic birds possible plus Tasmanian Devil and Orange-bellied Parrot. Southern Ocean Pelagic trip. Sweeping alpine scenery at Cradle Mountain.
Overview: 

Our popular and comprehensive tour of Tasmania offers all of Tasmania’s 12 endemic birds plus iconic mammals including Tasmanian Devil, Wombat and Platypus. This exploration includes a pelagic in the Southern Ocean, and a flight to the vast south-west wilderness to see Orange-bellied Parrot.

NEXT TASMANIAN TOUR DATES:

12th - 21st October 2019 ( Fully Booked)

6th-12th Nov 2019 ( Photography Tour - Shorter length)

1st-10th Feb 2020 ( Please Enquire)

24th Oct - 2nd Nov 2020

Start Location: 
Hobart TAS
Australia
Finish location: 
Launceston TAS
Australia

Tasmania Endemic Birds and Mammals Tour 

(Includes Southern Ocean pelagic, Orange-bellied Parrot excursion and Tasmanian Devils) 

ITINERARY OUTLINE: 

Day 1. Sat 1 Feb 20: Arrive Hobart. Accom: Hobart 
Day 2. Sun 2 Feb 20: Explore Hobart and travel Eaglehawk Neck. Accom: Eaglehawk Neck 
Day 3. Mon 3 Feb 20: Pelagic birding. Accom: Eaglehawk Neck. 
Day 4. Tue 4 Feb 20: Orange-bellied Parrot flight to South West Wilderness. Accom: Hobart. 
Day 5. Wed 5 Feb 20: Hobart to Bruny Island. Accom: Bruny Island. 
Day 6. Thu 6 Feb 20: Full day Bruny Island.  Accom: Bruny Island. 
Day 7. Fri 7 Feb 20: Bruny Island to Mt Field area. Accom: Mt Field/New Norfolk area. 
Day 8. Sat 8 Feb 20: Mt Field area to Cradle Mountain area. Accom: Cradle Mountain area. 
Day 9. Sun 9 Feb 20: Cradle Mountain area. Accom: Cradle Mountain area. 
Day 10. Mon 10 Feb 20: Cradle to Launceston and depart.  

DETAILED ITINERARY: 

B- breakfast; L- lunch; D-dinner. 

Day 1. Saturday 1 February 2020. Arrive Hobart. 
Today has been set aside as an arrival day so you are free to arrive at any time that suits your travel plans. Please 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 18:30 for a brief orientation and welcome dinner. Please note that no activities have been planned for today but the tour has been designed to start on a Saturday to afford the opportunity for you to visit the Salamanca market. If you plan to arrive early and would like advice on other options for the day, please do contact our office. 
Accommodation: Hobart Hotel (en suite rooms). Meals Included: D. 

Day 2. Sunday 2 February 2020. Hobart reserves and drive Eaglehawk Neck. 
Today we begin our explorations of spectacular Tasmania by visiting several reserves in the Hobart area including Mount Wellington. This mountain, at a height of 1270m (around 4,150 feet), affords spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape on a clear day. Here we will also take a walk through a fern glade with towering tree ferns where we have our first chance to see the endemic and rather shy Scrubtit as well as Tasmanian Scrubwren and the stunning Pink Robin. Further endemic highlights we will look for today include Green Rosella, Tasmanian Native Hen, Black Currawong and Yellow Wattlebird. In the early afternoon we will enjoy the scenic drive to Eaglehawk Neck. On arrival we will bird some of the areas of interest enjoying the spectacular sea cliffs and breathtaking scenery typical of the area. We may well see Yellow-throated Honeyeater as well as a range of more widely distributed species including White-bellied Sea Eagle and Black-faced Cormorant. The uncommon Cape Barren Goose is also a possibility here. 
Accommodation: Hotel on Tasman Peninsula (en suite rooms). Meals included: B, L, D. 

 Day 3. Monday 3 February 2020. Southern Ocean Pelagic. 
This morning we will board a charter vessel (weather dependant) making our way into the vastness of the Southern Ocean in our quest for pelagic birds. High species diversity and the nearness of the continental shelf have earned Tasmania an international reputation as an excellent place to see pelagic species.  Not long after we depart Pirate’s Bay, we will encounter Short-tailed Shearwater in considerable number as well as our first albatross species. This is one of the finest places on the planet to see a diversity of albatross and Wandering, Black-browed, Shy, Southern Royal, Campbell and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross are all possible.  With land still in sight we will reach the continental shelf and begin to berley off the back of the boat.  Possible petrels include Great-winged, the striking White-headed, Gould’s, and Mottled. Shearwater diversity is also good with Hutton’s, White-chinned, Buller’s, Sooty, Short-tailed (common in Tasmanian waters) and Fluttering Shearwater all possible. Wilson’s, Grey-backed and White-faced Storm Petrels and Fairy Prion are also regularly seen. There are often surprises in store, and with 30 plus species possible in these waters, there is bound to be something new for everyone. Mammals we may encounter include Australian Fur-seals, Hump-backed Whale and Bottlenose Dolphin. There will also be a chance to visit some nearby geological formations and if time permits explore Tasman National park before returning to our hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel on Tasman Peninsula (en suite rooms). Meals Included: B, L, D. 

Day 4.  Tuesday 4 February 2020. Orange-bellied Parrot excursion: flight to South West Wilderness. 
We leave early this morning to travel back to Hobart. We will leave civilisation behind us and embark on a spectacular flight (weather dependant) to Tasmania’s remote South West World Heritage area. Inaccessible by road and breathtakingly scenic, this is one of the most remote areas in Australia and is famed, not only for its unspoilt wilderness and clean air (arguably the cleanest in the world), but also for its birdlife. Today we have a chance to see one of Australia’s rarest birds, the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot. With less than 50 individuals left in the wild, this vivid parrot is teetering on the brink of extinction. Other specialties we hope to see are the elusive Eastern Ground Parrot, Striated Fieldwren, the delightful Southern Emu-wren, and the aptly named Beautiful Firetail. The area is also rich in history and we will learn of the fabled adventurers who braved this region in a bygone era. Depending on the mood and weather we may opt for some spotlighting after dinner in a Hobart reserve to search for Southern (Tasmanian) Bettong, Tasmanian Pademelon, Bennetts Wallaby and Brush Tailed Possum.  In our searching we may also encounter Tawny Frogmouth.
Accommodation: Hobart Hotel (en suite rooms). Meals Included: B, L, D. 

Day 5.  Wednesday 5 February 2020. Hobart and Bruny Island. 
Depending on our timing and conditions we may opt to start our day in reserves around Hobart or alternatively venture directly down to Bruny Island. Situated 40km south of Hobart, Bruny Island is separated from the Tasmanian mainland by the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and accessed by a vehicle ferry. The ferry trip takes approximately 15 minutes where one can enjoy some wonderful scenery and possibly Little Penguins or dolphins alongside the ferry. This afternoon we will visit Bruny’s southern coastline to view the second oldest lighthouse in Australia, and search for species such as Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Olive Whistler and Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo. Here we also have a chance to see the Tasmanian subspecies of Short-beaked Echidna, one of Australia’s two egg-laying mammal (montreme) species. After dinner tonight, we will visit the Little Penguin and Short-tailed Shearwater colony to view these species at their burrows. 
Accommodation: Cottage style accommodation near and at Inala, south Bruny Island (en suite cabins) Meals Included: B, L, D. 

Day 6. Thursday 6 February 2020. Bruny Island. 
Today we have a full day to explore Bruny Island. We will start the day birding at ‘Inala’, a privately owned 1,500-acre wildlife sanctuary which is home to all 12 Tasmanian endemic bird species including one of the largest known colonies of endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote. Strong-billed, Yellow-throated and Black-headed Honeyeaters, Dusky Robin and Green Rosella are also regulars here. Several hides and platforms have also been built around the property which provide close views of some very special species, including a variety of raptors. At this time of year, we can expect to see the endangered white colour morph of Grey Goshawk, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Brown Goshawk, Brown Falcon and if we are lucky, Wedge-tailed Eagle. We will also visit a variety of habitats on the island, from coastal beaches for Hooded Plover, Pied and Sooty Oystercatcher and Kelp Gull, to rainforest areas in search of Pink Robin and the endemic Scrubtit, Tasmanian Scrubwren and Tasmanian Thornbill. Tonight, we will take an evening drive in search of Tasmania’s nocturnal marsupials. We are likely to see some species which are now restricted to Tasmania including Eastern Quoll (a relative of the Tasmanian Devil) and Tasmanian Pademelon. Bennett’s Wallaby and Brush-tailed Possum are also common here and rare golden/white colour morphs of both these species can be found here. If we are lucky, we may also see Long-nosed Potoroo and some nocturnal birds like Tawny Frogmouth and Tasmanian Boobook.  
Accommodation: Cottages at and near Inala, south Bruny Island as above. Meals Included: B, L, D.  

Day 7. Friday 7 February 2020. Bruny Island to Mt Field area. 
This morning we will depart Bruny early for Mount Field National Park. This area is an excellent back up site for our endemic target species, notably Scrubtit and Black Currawong, and is also a great place to experience a range of habitats from fern gullies with waterfalls, to alpine heathland and cool temperate rainforest boasting some of the tallest Eucalyptus in Australia. Today we have our first chance of seeing the bizarre Platypus, the other species of Australian monotreme. In the late afternoon we will make our way out of the park to a nearby settlement where we will overnight.  
Accommodation: Mount Field/New Norfolk area (en suite rooms). Meals Included: B, L, D. 

Day 8. Saturday 8 February 2020. Mt Field area to Cradle Mountain area. 
This morning we will leave the Mt Field area and travel north to Cradle Mountain National Park. While today is largely a travel day, we will enjoy some lovely scenery and stop en route to bird and stretch our legs. We will arrive at our accommodation near the National Park in the late afternoon. This accommodation has been chosen as it offers a chance of seeing one of Australia’s most threatened and charismatic mammals in the wild and at close range. Having become increasingly rare this is one of the only places left where one has a reasonable chance of seeing Tasmanian Devils. Here the owner places meat down for the devils at dusk and, with any luck, they will come in to feed after dark. Spotted-tailed Quolls also come to the verandas to feed and this is an excellent opportunity to view and photograph these elusive creatures. 
Accommodation: Lodge near Cradle Mountain (en suite cabins). Meals Included: B, L, D. 

Day 9. Sunday 9 February 2020. Cradle Mountain area. 
Today we have a full day to explore the area around Cradle Mountain and parts of northern Tasmania. This should provide a good chance to see more of Tasmania’s endemic bird species which we may have missed previously, such as Black Currawong and Yellow Wattlebird. In addition to the great birding we can view endemic Tasmanian rainforest flora with ancient Gondwanan connections such as Pencil and King Billy Pines, Myrtle and the famous Fagus (Nothofagus gunnii) which is Tasmania’s only deciduous tree. This is also a good area to view Common Wombat. We will also have a good chance of viewing Platypus, one of Australia’s most bizarre mammals. We will reterun to our small lodge for another opportunity to view Tasmanian Devils and Spotted-tailed Quoll from our cabins.  
Accommodation: Lodge near Cradle Mountain (en suite cabins). Meals Included: B, L, D. 

Day 10. Monday 10 February 2020. Launceston and depart. 
This morning we travel to Launceston after breakfast where you will be able to connect with a flight of your choice to one of the capital cities. If time permits, we will visit some wetlands en route where there is a chance to view several wetland species including Purple Swamphen, Australian Shelduck, Black-fronted Dotterel and Little Grassbird. 
Please note that flights from Launceston should be made from around 13:00 as the guide will deliver those clients there around midday. The guide will then be traveling back to Hobart and there is therefore scope to deliver clients to Hobart airport around 15:00 for flights from 16:00 onwards for domestic flights and from 17:00 for international flights. Alternatively, we can organise an additional night in Hobart for you at the end of the tour at an additional cost if that is your preferred option. 
Meals Included: B. 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 

Group size: 6-8 participants and 1 Inala guide 

Tour Price: AUD$5,995 per person twin share. Single supplement: $990 

Inclusions: 9 nights en suite accommodation, specialist guiding and transport for day and night tours as outlined above, all meals as outlined in the itinerary, activities outlined in the itinerary (including the South West flight and the pelagic cruise), National Park entry fees, Bruny Island ferry fares, GST (=VAT).  

Exclusions: international or domestic Australian airfares* (except the South West flight as mentioned above), activities and breakfast and lunch on day 1, the airport transfer on day 1, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and expenses of a personal nature (snacks, travel insurance, internet, laundry, tips etc). 

Please note:   

Additional services: We are able to arrange either self-guided or guided extensions to other parts of Tasmania or Australia to compliment this tour. Please enquire at the Inala office and we will happily cater for you through our licensed travel agency.   

Arrival in Hobart: There is a regular shuttle bus service between Hobart airport and the main hotels in the city. Details on the costs and timing of the shuttle can be found on the Skybus website. Alternatively, you may wish to take a taxi to the city – there is no need to pre book these, they are readily available outside the terminal building.  

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 is usually two course and 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. 

The pelagic and the South West flight: Both of these activities are weather dependant and there is no guarantee that we will be able to do either. While we will do what we can to reschedule if the weather is not suitable no guarantees can be made in this regard.   

 

Trip Report - Tasmania Endemics Tour - October 2019
Guided by Cat Davidson of Inala Nature Tours

Saturday 12th October 2019

The first day of the Tasmanian Endemics tour was our day to arrive and congregate at our central hotel where we went out for dinner at a lovely old restaurant by the port and began to get to know each other and talked over our plans for the upcoming tour.  

Sunday 13th October 2019

We headed off on our first adventure.  We drove up Kunanyi (Mt Wellington) and as the road was closed due to ice, we began at the Springs where we went on a short stroll where we saw a lovely Crescent Honeyeater and our first two endemics, the Tasmanian Thornbill and a skulking Tasmanian Thornbill.  With the road now open, we drove to the top of the mountain and looked down on the stunning city of Hobart 1270 m below us.  A female Flame Robin gave us fantastic views in the car park before we descended down the mountain to The Chalet and got a short but sweet glimpse of a Scrubtit and beautiful views down a stone run over the city.

In Fern Gully we got lovely sightings of Scrubwren under the majestic tree ferns as well as Silvereye dancing in the treetops and wonderful Green Rosellas munching on fresh growth.

For lunch we took our delicious selection to the Botanic Gardens and while munching in the bright sunshine we saw a fantastic bird selection including Little and Yellow Wattlebirds, Eastern Rosella and Musk Lorikeet.

At Orielton Lagoon we took a short stroll and saw Musk Duck, Chestnut Teal, Caspian Tern, Pied Oystercatcher, Royal Spoonbill and another endemic, the fabulous Native Hen.  On our way to Eaglehawk Neck we made a stop at a weir where we saw some Black Faced Cormorant fishing as well as some Little Black Cormorant posing on the weir.  We had a stop at the top of the mountain looking over Pirates Bay and then drove down to our hotel where we had a lovely dinner and went to bed early to prepare for the early start and a day at sea.

Monday 14th October 2019

Bright and early, the sailors hit the ocean wave, joining expert pelagic guide Karen Dick. 21 species were seen before the boat returned a little early as several people were feeling ill.  After doing the bird list with Karen we headed out for the afternoon to explore the Tasman Peninsula.  We saw a lovely pair of Cape Barren Geese on the way to another birding destination where we saw a wonderful Scarlet Robin, a female Golden Whistler and several great sightings of Yellow-throated Honeyeaters and Little Wattlebird.  An incredible sighting of a Pallid Cuckoo on the way home and before returning to the hotel we visited the stunning Tasman’s Arch and Devils Kitchen.

Tuesday 15th October 2019

With the weather gods on our side, our flight to Melaleuca in the South West went ahead without a hitch and we flew with Gavin, Nick and Zane over some of the most spectacular scenery in Tasmania.  Touching down on the airstrip we rushed up to Deny King’s hut for our first attempt to see Orange Bellied Parrots.  And our luck was in, after a few minutes,  there on the feeding bench and perching tree were 2 OBPs looking glorious in the morning sunshine.  After a fabulous morning tea we set off to explore the area and immediately came across a pair of Striated Field Wren who seemed to be working on their nest nearby.  Several Yellow-throated Honeyeaters and  Green Rosella were seen perching and preening in various eucalyptus along the walk.
We entered the gorgeous paperbark forest and walked quietly through the tranquil habitat.  Looking out over the lake we saw a family of Black Swans and sitting beautifully in a tree, a White-bellied Sea Eagle.  Coming back out into the buttongrass moorland we saw the partner of the eagle circling and as we walked towards the airstip, several more Striated Field Wren were singing loudly across the windless plains.
Walking towards the old tin mine machinery we saw at least 4 more OBPs sitting in the eucalypts near their nest boxes, such a wonderful sight to see such beautiful and vulnerable birds in the wild.  Returning to the Deny King Museum for lunch we saw a pair of Dusky Robin in the distance, but still close enough to get a good look at their features.  Over a lovely lunch, a Beautiful Firetail popped out on the feeding station, but when he returned half an hour later he paused in the foliage long enough for some lovely photos to be taken.
With our remaining time we went on a hunt for Southern Emu Wren and eventually found a lovely wee one right back where we started at the airstrip. The flight home was no less stunning and we were back in soggy Hobart in time for a delicious dinner at the New Sydney.

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Heading southward this morning, we made several stops this morning on our way to Bruny Island and we were very successful with gorgeous weather and viewings of many Yellow and Little Wattlebirds, Spotted Pardalote, Common Bronzewing, Galahs, Black Swans, Tasmanian and Brown Thornbills, Yellow Throated Honeyeaters and many more bush birds.  The weather was consistently glorious as we sailed across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to Bruny Island.

Once on Bruny we made a stop in Allonah while a member of the team went for running repairs at the local health centre and it was time well spent as we saw an Australian Pipit and some White-fronted Chats.  Once settled into our Bruny accommodation we had time for a walk around the Inala Private Conservation Reserve and saw fabulous sightings of the Forty-spotted Pardalote from the Pardalote platform and the white gums around it.
After a delicious dinner in Allonah we went to The Neck and had great sightings of the Short-tailed Shearwaters as they returned to land as well as a selection of adorable Little Penguins waddling around amongst the Shearwaters.

Thursday 17th October 2019

During breakfast at Inala we had an extra guest when the resident White Bellied Sea Eagle landed in the raptor field to eat her breakfast of a poor wee roadkill wallaby.  After our Inala walk we took the rest of the day to unwrap further beauties of Bruny Island, adding many more wonderful sightings such as Hooded and Red Capped Plover, Scrubtit, Pink Robin and three White Wallaby.
From rainforest to mountaintop, beach to bush we covered much beautiful ground and finished our long day with another nocturnal tour where we saw many Brush-tailed Possum including one with a joey on her back.

Friday 18th October 2019

This morning was the turn of the Grey Goshawk (White Morph) to join us for breakfast at Inala, glowing beautifully in the morning sun. While some of the team sat in the Raptor Photography Hide to capture the Goshawk, the rest of the group went to hunt down the Strong-billed Honeyeater which we did successfully, completing our twelve endemics sightings for the trip.  We set off for the mainland, stopping briefly at The Neck to see the view and the honey shop in North Bruny, before we caught the ferry over calm waters. 
Heading for Mt Field we took time to stop at aLagoon on the way, adding many wonderful water birds to our tally including Shoveller, Freckled Duck, Hard Head and Purple Swamp Hen.  We also saw many beautiful musk lorikeets clinging on to the blustery Eucalyptus trees and a family of Noisy Miners sitting together on a branch.
Russell Falls was soggy yet beautiful and we had several excellent sightings of Pink Robin and Scrub Wren on the trail amongst the dripping Tree Ferns.
Departing Mt Field we made our way to our accommodation for the night where we were warmly welcomed by our hosts and shown to our gorgeous cabins.  A BBQ meal  made for a very lovely evening and we all retired to luxuriate in our bathtubs .

Saturday 19th October 2019

Today was a big travel day as we made our way from the bottom to the top of Tasmania. Before departing a small posse walked around a section of the property and despite challenging weather, we saw an Australian Hobby as well as a lovely selection of colourful Eastern Rosella’s.
Leaving our accommodation we had some lovely sightings of Australian Shelduck and Musk Duck on route.  We drove through low temperatures and snow showers on the highest points of the Central Highlands, but as we came down the mountain to Deloraine, the weather brightened considerably and from then on we managed to fortuitously dodge the showers.  We made a brief stop at Latrobe where a Wedge Tailed Eagle being attacked by two Forest Ravens put on a fantastic show and then on to some perfect sightings of Platypus as well as a lovely selection of water and bush birds, including a pair of Hardheads on a pond, Beautiful Firetail and an adorable family of Tasmanian Scrubwren.

On the way to our home in densely wooded and magnificent Leven’s canyon, where our remote and tranquil cabins sat nestled by the river, we saw a magnificent flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos who were feasting on the pinecones by the roadside.  At least a dozen were cartwheeling and skwalking and breaking apart cones with their majestic beaks.
A warm welcome from Len, and a tasty hot dinner from Pat prepared us to stay up late to see some of the resident nocturnal mammals.

Sunday 20th October 2019

To start the day we compared stories of nocturnal wildlife, with one excellent sighting of a Spotted Tailed Quoll, but all others falling asleep before the Devils and Quolls came out to play.  Our first stop of the day was at Leven’s canyon where the rain paused to allow us to stroll up to the lookout hearing Scrubwrens along the lush ferny section and Thornbills amongst the bush. The magnificent Leven’s Canyon lookout was incredibly windy and cold, but we endured the brain freeze for the fantastic views.

On the road to Cradle Mountain the weather continued to be very wet and wild, but we are made of tough stuff and we ploughed on hoping the weather gods would get kinder as the day progressed.
We drove through the park to the Waldheim chalet and had lunch in the day cabin, enjoying three more Wombats on the way into the chalet.  We walked the lovely wee loop track through the magnificent Celerytop Pine, Myrtle Beech and King Billy Pine forest with a maze of gnarled roots and twisted trunks like a backdrop from a Grimm’s fairy tale.  We had a quick roam around the replica cabin before we departed, seeing more Wombats, an Echidna and very close Currawong who glared at us with his bold yellow eyes.  
Dove Lake was sadly without a view of Cradle Mountain, completely hidden by rain and clouds, so we cut our losses and headed back out of the park. We had time for a look around the excellent interpretation centre and some people whipped down the pencil pines loop to the falls getting a stunning Pink Robin female along the way who sat still for so long that in the end we left her rather than her flying away.
As we returned to Leven’s Canyon, the weather improved all the way until we were bathed in sunshine and the wind dropped to a light breeze.  This enabled the birds who had been sheltering all day long, to come out and feed in this brief window of time before dusk.  We got excellent views of Golden Whistler, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Flame Robin and Pink Robin close to the cabins.
A delicious dinner and our final bird list.
The previous nights motion sensor video showed a 1am visit by a Devil allowing us to better plan our tactics for the night of viewing ahead.

Monday 21st October 2019

Our final morning together with several successful Spotted-tailed Quoll sightings to discuss on the road, we squeezed in two stops before getting to the airport.  One where we saw a lovely selection of bush birds including the elusive Shining Bronze Cuckoo, three Beautiful Firetail and two Eastern Spinebill and then a quick stop at a Wetland where there was a lovely grouping of Royal Spoonbill and Great Egret as well as a final new bird for the tour, a Black-fronted Dotterel.

We then had the sad business of saying farewell at the airport.  It was such an excellent tour with 124 species of bird seen in total, all 12 endemic birds seen multiple times and a fabulous selection of Mammals and Monotremes allowing us to see them in all their wild beauty.

A wonderful group of people made the whole experience a delight.

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