Best 100 Birdwatching Sites in Australia

Best 100 Birdwatching Sites in Australia
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Bruce M. Beehler is an ornithologist in the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and a tropical ecologist with interests in the birds and rainforests of the Asia-Pacific region. He has bird watched extensively in New Guinea to research the illustrations for this book. Colombia is the home to almost 1. The country hosts the highest number of birds of any country in the world. This book describes in detail the best and most accessible birding sites in Colombia. It covers sites spread across almost every department of the country, including San Andres and Providencia.

This book expertly guides birders through the necessary logistics, explaining how to get to each site, where to stay and where to eat. In addition the book is enhanced by full colour photos of birds and birding sites. About the authors: Jurgen Beckers born has been living part-time in Colombia and Venezuela since He has organised and guided many tours in both countries.

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In addition he has travelled to nearly every part of the country, discovering new birding sites and additional birds. When not working and birding in Colombia, he works as a freelance Mechanical Engineer, mainly in his native country of Belgium. Pablo Florez born started birding at the age of His studies of the Yellow-eared Parrot formed the basis of his thesis before graduating as a Forestry Engineer.

Since he has been deeply involved with bird conservation, working on many projects and leading expeditions. He is a a co-founder of ProAves and contributed to the creation of several private reserves. After 20 years of active birding Pablo has seen more than 1, bird species in Colombia.

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Are you a fan of sewage farms to get your birding fix or do you prefer forested glades? When it comes to poo farms, does Werribee reign supreme or does Alice Springs tickle your fancy? Kakadu, Macquarie Marshes, or somewhere else entirely Christmas, Macquarie, Norfolk or Lord Howe?

They're all birding wonderlands one way or another. There's a lot of desert out there and a lot of places to go birding Where's your favourite spot? Alice Springs Sewage Ponds has to get my vote. Not only because it is my "patch", but it is a truly extraordinary bird magnet and with stunning scenery to boot. It may be tucked away in the interior but the species list is on - not quite Werribee status but certainly in the neighbourhood considering its much smaller size. Add to this that there are a few species which give southern birders a real thrill when they appear at Werribee which are among our most common visitors; Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Orange Chat, and Pink-eared Duck.

But it's the early morning visits or the sunset watches that really make you appreciate the place. As the sun goes down over the still waters, the Ilparpa Range is lit up fire red, the stilts and the avocets head out to the mud flats to roost, the White-winged Fairy-wrens are settling in the saltbush and the Rainbow Bee-eaters and Fairy Martins flit overhead picking through the smorgasbord of small insects in the gathering dusk.

It's a magical place. My vote would be Riverstone tucked away in Sydney's western suburbs. I have seen species there in one morning high counts of 80 plus species quite regularly at other times and I have not had that number in such a shot space of time in other places I have visited in Australia including Cairns and Kakadu over the years. Some of my favourite birds I regular see at Riverstone include White-winged Trillers, Crested Shriket-tits and numerous Scarlet Honeyeaters when the mistletoe is in flower.

Lord Howe Island would have to be the place for fledgling bird watchers.

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To be able to sit amongst hundreds of sooty terns, watch hundreds of red trailed tropic birds soaring at arms length from the cliffs of Malabar and have daily encounters with the endangered wood hens, is an experience that had me returning 3 times in 12 months! My vote goes to Mount Glorious near Brisbane. Where else can you sit at a picnic table and while having morning tea, watch Regent and Satin Bowerbirds, Paradise Riflebirds Wompoo Fruit-Doves feeding in trees around the table, then go for a "glorious"rainforest walk and spot a Noisy Pitta, a Logrunner or any number of rainforest birds that inhabit the area.

Mt Glorious gets my vote because it is so close to home. Yandoit, in Central Vic is my favourite place to spot birds. As a newish birder, I was very excited to discover that what I'd assumed was just boring sparrows was actually a myriad of little birds that I'd never heard of: fantails, woodswallows, thornbills, wrens, robins, flycatchers, honeyeaters And then, once i really started paying attention, the seasons brought a whole bunch of exciting visitors, including mistletoe bird, sacred kingfishers and gang gangs.

I know they're not exciting or rare for experienced birders, but I'm SO happy to have such a variety of birds in my local area! The thing I love most about Tyto is the closeness to our town which makes it very easy to get into and the variety of birdlife is simply amazing. We have a couple of newish man made lagoons seperate to the natural wetlands behind our information centre where for the last two years comb-crested Jacana's have been breeding.

These wonderful little birds are simply my favourite and in my humble opinion should have been on the top 10 list. The whole of Hinchinbrook and North Queensland is certainly a hot spot for birdos. Werribee Treatment Plant for me would be my favourite place to go birding. I grew up in Werribee and never knew that it was such a haven for bird life until I started bird watching. As anyone from Werribee would know, everyone in Melbourne knows Werribee for the poo farm and often comments on it, but not for the birds! To which my father would promptly reply to them, "it's where the best part of you goes.

Though I would probably love it a little more if I had have found the long-toed stint there on the weekend but just means I'll have to go again!

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Damn ;-D. Also Julattan Nth Queensland is always a delight. Then at night we have a fly over of Carnabys white tail Cockatoos on their way to their roost sites for the night. One advantage is that it is close to home but it's the number and variety of species that keep me coming back. One of the best places for heaps of different species in the one place would have to be Lawn Hill National Park in Queensland.

We just had to sit in camp and wait for them to arrive. On walks there were even more sightings.

Port Douglas beach and nearby parks.