With the tip of the 12 months approaching you might contemplate the place you want to go birding in Australia in 2023. As you effectively know we’re an enormous continent with many outlying islands and an enormous number of bird-life. Regardless of all the risks we have-snakes, spiders, crocodiles, lethal jellyfish, lethal fish, leeches, ticks, mosquitoes after which a pandemic-we nonetheless have a inhabitants of just about 26 million folks. The vast majority of the inhabitants hugs the coast across the capital cities, however the bird-life is unfold all through the continent. Wherever you dare to go in Australia you gained’t be disillusioned by the birds that you just encounter. The selection of locations to go and birds to see is worrying, which is what we interpret the face of the younger Tawny Frogmouth above as!
Having written weekly for this web site since late 2010 and this being my 642nd publish I believed I might summarise a number of the posts that I’ve executed from varied locations round Australia that you just might need missed through the years. Perhaps you can be impressed to go to a capital metropolis or go to a distant location off the crushed observe! Some locations round Australia we solely visited for a short while and others for for much longer.
In 2010 I had a really fundamental digital camera and I now personal a Nikon B500 Coolpix. The rationale for this explicit digital camera is that I would like a digital camera that takes AA batteries for once we are away from energy for weeks on finish and isn’t too massive for travelling. There are Japanese made Eneloop Professional AA batteries that can final for over 1000 photographs fairly simply these days, so that is my supreme digital camera.
If you wish to depart the mainland of Australia then we might extremely suggest Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island for a terrific nature based mostly vacation. We now have been to each of those islands, however that was earlier than I began to put in writing right here. Our subsequent vacation island was Tasmania as we moved to greater islands! I wrote about our second vacation in Tasmania in 2011 and I might suggest just a few weeks travelling across the island to actually take pleasure in all that it has to supply. I might advise travelling exterior of college holidays to keep away from crowds and verify the climate too, as a result of it may be fairly a chilly vacation spot relying on the time of 12 months. Even the Pink Robins look chilly in summer season in Tasmania!
The articles that I wrote on Tasmania are beneath with the hyperlinks:-
Flying to Tasmania normally means travelling by way of Sydney or Melbourne, so what higher excuse than to include some bird-watching in both of these capital cities? I do know you all need to see Highly effective Owls just like the one beneath, so it’s at all times value a glance! Tom noticed a Highly effective Owl on his go to and so did we, so go and look!
Highly effective Owl
Across the Sydney space I’ve written about just a few locations over the previous 12 years and listed here are the hyperlinks:-
If you’re inquisitive about discovering Rock Warblers then listed here are the locations that we’ve noticed them:-
New South Wales is an effective location to seek out the Very good Lyrebird too and I wrote about that too!
For those who occur to seek out your self in Melbourne then there are additionally loads of locations to go birding within the metropolis itself or not far by public transport. We don’t thoughts an extended stroll, so there are a number of walks which have been executed within the space and all supply nice views and birds. In fact it’s at all times good to seek out Gang-gang Cockatoos and I’ve photographed them in Victoria since I began to put in writing right here.
Listed below are just a few concepts and the hyperlinks for you round Melbourne and Victoria from our journeys through the years since I began to put in writing right here.
We now have travelled to Queensland twice since I began to put in writing right here and the primary time was by airplane from Broome to Brisbane. We didn’t go into Brisbane itself, however went exploring with a rental automobile and our tent for a month with no actual route deliberate. We went the place the climate suited our tenting adventures and we noticed what we noticed! That’s the way in which we journey! The second journey was by highway from Broome and took us into extra distant areas of Queensland to the north the place we had not been earlier than. We had hoped to seek out Sarus Cranes once we travelled additional north and we weren’t disillusioned.
Listed below are the hyperlinks for locations that we’ve been to in Queensland that you could be additionally need to go to.
Resulting from the truth that we dwell in Broome we frequently journey North looking for birds and we’re nearer to the capital metropolis of Darwin within the Northern Territory than we’re to our capital metropolis, Perth, in Western Australia. The Northern Territory is a large territory and we’ve explored numerous it through the years. I’ve not written about all over the place we’ve been through the years, however listed here are just a few concepts for you to consider! That you must head north from Broome to seek out Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens, so why not!?
Often we’ve travelled to Perth through the years we’ve lived in Broome. We now have travelled each by airplane, which takes 2 1/2 hours and by automobile, which takes 2 1/2 days and any time we’re within the metropolis we ensure that we go to Herdsman Lake. Herdsman Lake is well accessible by public transport, however when we’ve visited by automobile we’ve gone additional afield to Yanchep Nationwide Park and the Perth Hills.
We now have travelled extensively round Western Australia through the years each north and south of Broome and I’ve written about a few of these tenting journeys too. Listed below are the hyperlinks to a number of the places we’ve travelled to or by way of since I began to put in writing right here. I’ve put up the newest hyperlink for some places, as a result of there are hyperlinks in these posts for older posts.
Juvenile Nankeen Evening-Heron above our tent
In fact then it brings us again to Broome, the place we’ve lived for over twenty three years. Greater than 300 chook species have been recorded in Broome and there’s loads of selection. Our backyard has had an spectacular variety of birds go to through the years. Over time we’ve seen modifications within the chook species that go to and completely different occasions of 12 months supply completely different species. We live in among the best locations in Australia to watch migratory shorebirds and an enormous number of different species. We by no means tire of the bird-life that surrounds us at residence and if we wish a change we will simply hop in our automobile and head out bush.
Buff-banded Rail in our backyard
Round Broome itself there are many alternatives to watch birds and listed here are some hyperlinks to locations which you can try.
Through the years that we’ve lived in Broome there have been quite a few chook species that seem unexpectedly. The chook species has both acquired misplaced on migration or arrived resulting from inclement climate. Listed below are some hyperlinks to a few of these chook species.
Hoopoe close to Broome
Over the 642 posts I’ve written I’ve hardly touched the floor of the numerous observations that we’ve loved through the years, however I hope it should encourage you to come back and discover. I’ve written about birds that breed right here and birds that we observe frequently in addition to birds that we solely see often. There’s no scarcity of photographs of Pied Oystercatchers that I’ve taken, although!
Pied Oystercatcher household
Regardless of writing weekly I don’t seem to have run out of birds to share but! For those who search within the field on the proper hand aspect of the web site I’m certain you’ll find some Australian birds of curiosity! There are Australian birds I’ve not photographed but, so perhaps that’s my problem for 2023! Nevertheless, I’m extra prone to be focussed on taking a look at birds than attempting to get the perfect picture!
If you’re travelling to Australia from abroad then it’s extremely probably that you’ll have to come by way of Singapore. We spent three weeks in Singapore previous to the pandemic and we will extremely suggest these places that I wrote about and as soon as once more you may click on on the hyperlink to see the publish.
So, with the final week of 2022 upon us and 2023 quick approaching it’s time for us all to think about “The place might you go birding in Australia in 2023?”.
All the perfect for 2023!
Take pleasure in all the birds that you just see and listen to!