Guided by Nick leseberg.
Perhaps more than any other continent, birding trip lists in Australia are dependent on the prevailing weather conditions, and not just the weather where you are birding. It may be difficult to comprehend, but weather across the continent including for the previous few years, will determine what birds will have moved in to, or out of certain areas. The differences between our tours last year and this year perfectly illustrated this phenomenon. As always though, a few birds missed here, a few birds gained there, meant we still ended up with a very respectable trip list; 439 species of bird and 37 species of mammal. Bird-of-the-trip went to the ever-popular Plains-wanderer, while runner-up was a close fight between the enormous Southern Cassowary and the tiny Splendid Fairywren. The cassowary won by just one vote, perhaps because we had to search so hard for it! Honorable mentions went to the gaudy Crimson Rosella and the beautiful Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher. Our mammal highlights included fantastic views of Platypus, Koala and Short-beaked Echidna, while three Lumholtz’s Tree-Kangaroos in a single day on the Atherton Tableland will be hard to beat.