Trip report: Southern Queensland, Australia (March 2012) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Nick Leseberg.

Trips like this are my favourites; designed for someone who has been to Australia, knocked off most of the common birds, and wants to get off the beaten track to find some of Australia’s fantastic endemics. With this as the brief, we organised a trip out of Brisbane with just a couple of days to track down a few local specialties, before heading deep inland. Here we would hunt for some of those beautiful but rare endemics that roam Australia’s arid interior, rarely coming to the coast. Conditions were in our favour with a bit of rain to spruce up the countryside, and although it was coming into autumn (fall here Down Under), the birds were still about.

The highlights were many, but in the arid inland there are always a few bird which stand out from the crowd. It’s hard to forget the Pink (Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, its delicate pink glowing in the late afternoon sun, and the flocks of Cockatiels or ‘Quarrions’, gracefully barrelling overhead, much more beautiful here in the outback than stuck in a cage. We saw several majestic Wedge-tailed Eagles, hundreds of comical Emus, and luckily, the last few Orange and Crimson Chats, still hanging around before they retreat farther inland until next spring. It was a great trip, a fantastic week and we returned home tired, but with a great haul of fantastic species.

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