Day 1: Arrival at Ayers Rock; Afternoon birding at Uluru National Park
Day 2: Birding from Yulara to Kings Canyon; Late PM birding around Kings Canyon Resort.
Day 3: Birding and wildlife watching Kings Canyon-Watarrka National Park
Day 4: Birding from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs; and, late PM birding and wildlife watching in Alice Springs area.
Day 5: AM birding Todd River and Botanic Gardens (Western Bowerbird and more); then flights to Darwin to start birding there in PM
Day 6: Darwin Area Birding (mangroves and monsoon rainforest for Rainbow Pitta); then Howard Springs (monsoon forest and eucalypt woodland) and Fogg Dam; then off to Kakadu National Park
Day 7: Birding and wildlife watching at Kakadu National Park
Day 8: Birding Nourlangie Rock; then birding to Katherine
Day 9: AM Katherine area birding; then bird coast and other spots along the way back to Darwin
Day 10: AM flight Cairns; then birding along the Atherton Tablelands World Heritage Site
Day 11: Birding and wildlife watching in the Atherton Tablelands
Day 12: Birding various habitats in the Cairns area
Day 13: Exploring the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef for most of day; including birding at the Michaelmas Cay
Day 14: Flights Home or Continue On
Some participants will take their fond memories of birds and wildlife from Northern Australia and take their flights home today.
Other pants will continue their exploration of Australia and the birds and wildlife of Southern Australia
For birders and naturalists, Australia has much to offer. Australia has over 775 species of birds, and 340 of these are endemics with over 200 endemics cost-effective to find for most bird watchers. Besides the endemics, the trip offers good looks at numerous other bird species.
With the leadership of the Australian biologist, Dr. Tonia Cochran, eight lucky birders will have a chance to bird and enjoy wildlife in Northern Australian natural areas. This trip includes the Atherton Tablelands World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef and several other national parks. Other key birding sites include Fogg Dam, Kakadu National Park, and numerous others.
With a wide range of habitats (including mangrove swamps, arid semi-desert, seasonally flooded grasslands, eucalyptus woodlands, montane rainforest, shore mudflats, and offshore tropical islands) and good solid trip plan, we hope to find around 90 plus Australia endemic birds and mammal species (around 30).
Some of the key species here include Partridge Pigeon, Rainbow Pitta, Varied Lorikeet, Chestnut-backed Buttonquail, Black-banded Fruit-Dove, White-throated Grasswren, Golden Bowerbird, Tooth-billed Catbird, Victoria's Riflebird, and Lovely Fairywren (for just a start)
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