Trip report: Eastern Australia (Sept 2014) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Nick Leseberg.This was a custom tour focusing only on New South Wales.

The state of New South Wales is not the most popular birding destination in Australia – that mantle will always belong to locations like the Top End and the Wet Tropics – but in terms of variety, it certainly provides an exciting week for the visiting birder. With wonderful Australian endemics like the Plains-wanderer, the gorgeous little Splendid Fairywren, and a host of gaudy parrots among the possibilities, the return on investment for the long days in the field and the travel distances required is high. It also allows the visiting birder to cover a range of Australia’s unique habitats, from the stunted eucalypts of the inland’s dry ‘mallee’, to the wet forests of the Great Dividing Range and the barren heaths of the coastal southeast. This trip began in southern New South Wales searching for the enigmatic little Plains-wanderer, before spending a couple of days in the mallee searching for skulkers like Chestnut Quail-thrush and Southern Scrub-robin, before pushing across to the open woodlands of the Capertee Valley and western foothills of the Great Dividing Range to search for species like Hooded Robin and Diamond Firetail. After crossing the range we spent a couple of days birding the coastal heaths and forests south of Sydney, targeting species such as Eastern Bristlebird, Southern Emuwren and Beautiful Firetail, before finishing up in downtown Sydney with a fantastic Powerful Owl.

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