Broken Hill & Menindee Lakes
The colour and the subtlety of the desert make the Outback. After rain, the perennial wild flowers bloom and the rich blossoms of the mulga trees attract a myriad of birds. This is the land of raptors: Peregrine Falcons, Hawks and Wedge-tailed Eagles. The hills are home to the sure-footed Rock Euro, while on the plains the Emus strut and the Big Reds boom.
Major Mitchell Cockatoo by Chris Charles
The splendid birdwatching includes Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos, Mulga Parrots and the mallee form of the Australian Ringneck that dart in bright green flocks. Families of dumpy grey Apostlebirds hop and glide along the sides of the roads while stunning, brilliant-metallic-blue Splendid Fairy-wrens dazzle in the harsh bright light. Chirruping Wedgebills sing atop the bushes, White-browed Babblers prise insects from beneath bark and logs and Red-capped Robins flit between the ground and deadwood.
The red-soil country with limitless horizons and vast blue skies make the rugged, sparsely populated outback mesmerising. Broken Hill is an oasis in the semiarid wilderness, a mining town comfortable in its exsitence and a major centre for Australian art and artisits.
Mulga Parrot by Chris Charles
Menindee is the gift to the outback birdwatcher. The Darling River is unique as an intergral part of the migration patterns of birds from Indonesia and the Northern Hemisphere.
In past tours Alan Morris has predicted – “Painted Finches at the Living Desert Gallery; Bluebilled Ducks on the Umberumberka Reservoir & interesting western birds in the bush along the Dry Creek below the reservoir. Orange & Crimson Chats should be present. Redthroats, Rufous Fieldwrens and Chirruping Wedgebills on the sand plain just out of town on the Menindee Road. White-winged Wrens and Redthroats on the Mutawingie Rd junction with the Barrier Highway.”
That sounds like more than enough to entice any birdwatcher to join this 9 full day tour, with the outback fabulous since the recent rains; what a backdrop to revel in the space of wide blue skies and rich red soils.
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill by Chris Charles
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$4610.00 per person twin share/double
$400.00 single supplement
Please phone Follow That Bird to check if seats are available then fill in the booking form and mail with the deposit or full payment to Follow That Bird. Your place on the tour is not guaranteed until we receive the payment.
Follow That Bird aims to provide a high standard of interpretive guiding on each trip to make your birdwatching holiday a special one. With small groups, attention to personal service and lots of good fun, we’re sure you will enjoy your time with us.
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