The south-west corner of Western Australia is an ecological hotspot, hosting a remarkably high diversity of endemic plant, animal and bird species. Our short extension concentrates on the region’s endemic species and commences in the state’s capital of Perth, situated alongside the Swan River. We will explore a range of habitats, from the eucalypt forests of the Darling Ranges to the extensive woodlands of Dryandra, the Stirling Ranges, semi-arid mallee woodlands and the rugged windswept heathlands of the south coast. In six days, we hope to encounter 16 of the 17 currently recognised south-western Australian endemic bird species, the unattainable sixteenth species being the recently split, critically endangered and impossible-to-see Western Ground Parrot. Among these 16 ultra-localised species, top of the wish list will be the area’s 3 “megas”: Noisy Scrubbird, Western Bristlebird and Black-throated Whipbird. We also hope to encounter several fabulous mammals such as Echidna, the beautiful but critically endangered Numbat (Banded Anteater), Western Grey Kangaroo, Black-gloved Brush Wallaby, Northern Brown Bandicoot and Southern Right Whale.
Please note that a Rockjumper leader will not accompany this tour unless a minimum of 9 participants are signed up. In the case of insufficient sign-ups, a professional and very experienced local guide will lead the tour instead.
*2024 Prices are estimated and dates may change*
Emu; Pink-eared, Musk & Blue-billed Ducks; Wedge-tailed Eagle; Painted Buttonquail; Hooded Plover; Banded Lapwing; Pacific Gull; Red-tailed, Short-billed & Long-billed Black Cockatoos; Western Corella; Western Rosella; Elegant, Red-capped & Rock Parrots; Western Ringneck; Noisy Scrubbird; Rufous Treecreeper; Red-winged; Splendid & Blue-breasted Fairywrens; Southern Emu-wren; Western Fieldwren; Western Wattlebird; Western Bristlebird; White-cheeked & Swan River Honeyeaters; Western Spinebill; Scarlet, Red-capped, Western Yellow & White-breasted Robins; Western Whipbird; Crested Shrike-Tit; Red-eared Firetail; Western Thornbill. Top Mammals
Quenda; Banded Anteater; Western Grey Kangaroo; Black-gloved Brush & Tammar Wallabies; Southern Right Whale; Numbat (small chance); Quokka. Habitats Covered
various Eucalpyt woodlands, coastal scrub, wetlands Expected Climate
warm to hot and cooler at night Max Group Size
12 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader Tour Pace & Walking
comfortable Ease of Birding
mostly easy with a few tricky species Number of Species Expected
120-150 Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
It was a fantastic trip. Very satisfying and Angus did a great job : he really showed us the birds and took great care that we had everything we wanted and were able to enjoy our tour.
Erik Forsyth did a great job, and both his remarkable knowledge and his unflagging good humor were indispensable; I look forward to traveling with him again in the future.
Erik Forsyth went above and beyond to give personal attention to each participant. How does he do it? Lack of sleep and a packed itinerary would challenge the best guide, but he seems to always be positive and light-hearted. Cracking dry jokes and comments – loved it!
Glen was excellent at finding the birds and keeping track of who had not yet seen specific birds. By the end of the tour there were very few birds not seen by all in the group.
Steve Davidson is a superb guide. He has a vast knowledge of Australian birds, other wildlife, and plants. He has a keen ear and I appreciated that he described what he was hearing. We had challenges in terms of Covid and flooding, and he very responsibly addressed both issues. I truly don't know how he had the stamina to guide, drive the extra miles on detours, and organize the needed diversions from the itinerary.