Birdwatching on the Southern Eyre Peninsula
A birdwatcher’s delight! Join us on a private tour over 3 days and 2 nights. With 100 national and conservation parks, over 270 species of birds living in mallee bushland and spectacular coastal scenery, Eyre Peninsula is emerging as a must-see destination for eco and wildlife tours.
Your guide for this tour is Fran Solly. Fran has been a keen birdwatcher for more than 30 years and knows the local birds well, including many by their call. She contributes to the local scientific database through bird surveys which are conducted across the Peninsula.
Fran is a professional photographer and started her photography journey as a bird photographer. A selection of Fran’s photographs can be found here and in the recently updated Birds of Southern Eyre Peninsula Field Guide.
Guests will be collected from their accommodation to travel to Mikkira Station for a late afternoon Koala and Bird Walk. Mikkira is a privately-owned working farm, koala and wildlife sanctuary. It’s home to a range of bush birds including: Port Lincoln (Australian ringneck) parrots, black-faced cuckoo-shrikes, pallid cuckoos, golden whistlers and an occasional scarlet robin. At the end of your day, we’ll return you to Port Lincoln for dinner and overnight accommodation.
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Wolshy from Melbourne
"From the outset of this tour I was placed at ease by Lunch and his Goin' Off Safaris staff. How good are these guys - you feel like you've known them for years!"
Day 2 of your three day birdwatching adventure awaits
Early morning – Billy Lights Point. This short walk is a bird lovers delight. A small fringe of coastal mallee and sheltered bays is the perfect location for both water birds and bush birds. Pied, little pied and black cormorants, grey teal and chestnut teal ducks, osprey, white-bellied sea-eagle, sooty oyster catchers, pied oyster catchers, striated pardalotes, western yellow robins, superb blue wrens, blue-breasted wrens, white-browed babblers, New Holland honeyeaters, brown-headed honeyeaters and rock parrots can all be found on this walk.
The next stop is at Big Swamp where a bird hide is available for viewing black swans, grey teal ducks, chestnut teal ducks, pink eared ducks, musk ducks, black winged stilts, banded plovers, common greenshank, Cape Baron geese.
The tour then moves to the Coffin Bay National Park where there are active osprey nests and where white-bellied sea-eagles can be seen fishing along the cliffs and sandy white beaches. The area is also home to Caspian terns, hooded plovers, red capped plovers, red necked stints, golden whistlers, masked lapwings, emu, wedge tailed eagle. We will stop along the way at a known location for southern emu wrens and look for a small remnant flock of yellow tailed black cockatoo.
Morning viewing is at the small coastal hamlet of Tulka where waders, swans and sea birds can be seen from the bird hide. This is another known location for southern emu wrens near a well first dug by Captain Matthew Flinders when he explored the area in 1802.
On to the Lincoln National Park, the tour follows Matthew Flinders journey through the wilderness area of Memory Cove. Rugged cliffs provide an opportunity to view osprey and white bellied sea eagles and to keep a look out for kites and harriers. In beautiful Memory Cove, birds encountered include purple-gaped honeyeaters, striated pardalotes, spiney-cheeked honeyeaters, dusky wood swallows, Australian pipits, western yellow robins, blue breasted wrens, and white-browed scrub wren.
The tour returns to Port Lincoln in time for a late airport departure.Enquire / Book now
Walter and Susanne
"The Eyre Peninsula is almost a hidden gem with so much to see and do here and what a fantastic coastline! The area is just breathtaking, beautiful, rugged, almost indescribable with words."