Overview

The South West corner of Western Australia is a birding and ecological hotspot, hosting a superbly high diversity of endemic plant, animal and bird species. This short extension to our Eastern Australia birding tour concentrates on south-western Australia’s endemic bird species and other wildlife and commences in the state’s capital of Perth, situated on the Swan River. During this Australia birding tour, we 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. We expect to encounter all twelve endemic bird species plus several near-endemics and we can anticipate a trip total of between 120-150 species. We also hope to see several fabulous mammals such as Short-beaked Echidna, Western Grey Kangaroo 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.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Emu, Pink-eared, Musk & Blue-billed Duck, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Painted Buttonquail, Hooded Plover, Banded Lapwing, Pacific Gull, Red-tailed, Short-billed & Long-billed Black Cockatoo, Western Corella, Western Rosella,  Elegant, Red-capped & Rock Parrot, Western Ringneck, Noisy Scrubbird, Rufous Treecreeper, Red-winged, Splendid & Blue-breasted Fairywren, Southern Emu-wren, Western Fieldwren, Western Wattlebird, Western Bristlebird, White-cheeked & Swan River (split from White-naped) Honeyeater, Western Spinebill, Scarlet, Red-capped, Western Yellow & White-breasted Robin, Western Whipbird, Crested Shrike-Tit, Red-eared Firetail, Western Thornbill
Top Mammals
Southern Right Whale, chances for New Zealand Fur Seal & Australian Sea Lion, Numbat (small chance), Short-beaked Echidna, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Common Brushtail Possum, Western Brush & Tammar Wallaby, Quokka, Western Grey Kangaroo
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
easy
Accommodation
very comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy with a few tricky species
Number of Species Expected
120-150
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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Erik Forsyth is a wonderful guy, so enjoyable to travel with. He is knowledgeable, down to earth and quite humorous! We did New Zealand with Erik a few years ago and would definitely go with him on other Rockjumper Trips in the future. Also, we would recommend Erik to others considering him as their leader.

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.

Steve Davidson was great! Kept the tour together and made sure everyone was engaged, enjoyed themselves, and saw everything. Very personable and genuinely cared about everyone's happiness. Plus, he was great finding the birds.

We enjoyed travelling with Steve Davidson. He is very knowledgeable and more than willing to assist anyone with getting on birds, and he takes time to explain where the bird is.

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!

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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