Begin your three-day birdwatching adventure with a short walk in the small coastal village of American River. Glossy Black-cockatoos are frequent encounters in the bush, as are Grey Currawongs, Little Corellas, Galahs and Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes. Along the shore, there are often Pied Oystercatchers, Royal Spoonbills, Black Swans, Grey Teal, Australian White Ibis, Australian Pelicans and Rufous Night Herons.
The Kingscote Oxidation Ponds usually produces a good cross-section of waterfowl, and the adjacent Cygnet River Estuary is always worth a look.
Have lunch at Reeves Point, which offers a chance to learn about the settlement history of the Island and often turns up quite a few birds – species vary with season.
After lunch, get out on the ocean with Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures and get a close look at Busby Islet. Here you can observe numerous birds from the boat, looking into colonies protected in a restricted conservation area. Opportunities include breeding Australian Pelicans, Royal spoonbills, Black-faced, Pied, Little Pied and Little Black Cormorants, Australian White Ibis and potentially international migratory species seasonally (Nov – Mar).
White-bellied Sea-eagles and Swamp Harriers constantly harass the nesting birds. This trip usually results in observing good numbers of Black Swans foraging on seagrass meadows, and chance encounters with Bottle-nosed Dolphins.
Start the day at Roper’s Gums – a tall Eucalyptus forest where you will learn about the endemic Glossy Black-cockatoo recovery plan and the private conservation efforts at Cygnet Park, where former pasture is now diverse bushland. After a morning tea break on the Cygnet River floodplain, set off for Seal Bay Conservation Park.
During the drive to Seal Bay, look out for raptors. Possibilities include Wedge-tailed Eagles, Swamp Harriers, Australian Kestrels, Black-shouldered Kites, Collared Sparrowhawks, Brown Goshawks and Brown Falcons.
At Seal Bay, take a private guided Australian Sea-lion experience. Sea-lions share the beach with various bird species – often encountered are Caspian and Crested Terns, Sooty Oystercatchers and Hooded Plovers. Overhead sightings include White-bellied Sea-eagles and Eastern Ospreys. The headland to the west is a regular roost for Great and Pied Cormorants.
Next is Point Ellen, where seasonal encounters include Rock Parrots, Fairy Terns, and Little Penguins are sometimes found in burrows near the beacon. During morning tea, keep an ear out for Southern Emu-wrens, Purple-gaped Honeyeaters and Western Whipbirds in the coastal heath and adjacent mallee.
The expansive wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park is the focus for the rest of the day, starting in the Rocky River precinct.
Encounters here can include Cape Barren Geese, Crescent Honeyeaters, Little and Red Wattlebirds, Striated and Spotted Pardalotes, Australian Ravens, Koalas, Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, Short-beaked Echidnas, Rosenberg’s Goanna (seasonal) and Tammar Wallabies.
Visit the iconic Remarkable Rocks, a spectacular natural clifftop sculpture. Break for a picnic with binoculars close by – looking out for Australian Kestrels, Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, and another chance to try for Southern Emu-wrens and the elusive White-bellied Whipbird.
Nearby is Admiral’s Arch – a sea cave which often turns up Australian Ravens (surprisingly), Sooty Oystercatchers, Crested Terns (which had Antarctic terns amongst them in 2006 and 2007), Pacific Gulls and a large Long-nosed Fur-seal colony. If a south-westerly wind is blowing, there is a chance to see pelagic species here as well.
Duck Lagoon is a freshwater billabong where typical encounters include: White-eared, White-naped and Brown-headed Honeyeaters; Crimson Rosellas; Superb Fairy-wrens; Black Swans; Grey and Chestnut Teal; Yellow-billed Spoonbills; Pacific Black Duck; Australasian and Hoary-headed Grebes; Chestnut-breasted Shelducks; Little Pied Cormorants; and (seasonally) Freckled Ducks.
After morning tea, venture to the north coast of the Island. Explore Lathami Conservation Park, which protects the habitat of the Glossy Black-cockatoo. Regular encounters are Kangaroo Island Kangaroos; Tammar Wallabies; Scarlet Robins; Striated and Brown Thornbills; Grey Shrike-thrush; Short-beaked Echidnas; Golden Whistlers; and Beautiful Firetails.
At nearby Stokes Bay, seek out Australian Pelicans; Eastern Reef Herons, Hooded plovers and White-bellied Sea-eagles.
Travel inland to a private lunch site where your guide will prepare a seafood barbeque lunch. This area is home to Koalas, Crescent and New Holland Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills, Grey Fantails, Rainbow and Purple-crowned Lorikeets, Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos, and a selection of smaller bush birds.
Continue exploring at D’Estrees Bay (Hooded Plovers, Ruddy Turnstones (seasonally), Eastern Osprey, Rock Parrots (seasonally) and a look at one of the MacGillivray Wetlands on the way back to the airport.
- Three days private touring on Kangaroo Island
- Home-baked traditional Australian treats with a selection of hot beverages
- Elegant alfresco lunch set in the bush with a choice of local wines, beer, soft drinks and spring water
- Access to field guides, binoculars and maps
- All necessary National Parks admission fees
PICK-UP TIMES AND LOCATIONS
- We usually pick-up from your accommodation at 9:00am but if you are arriving by flight or ferry, we can pick you up from Kingscote Airport or the Penneshaw Ferry Terminal.
- This is a 3 day tour, with each day averaging approximately 8 hours.
FROM A$3601 PER PERSON
The quoted ‘from’ price is per person based on two adults and does not include accommodation.
Per person rates reduce for larger parties.
We can tailor this programme around any accommodation. Please contact us for a custom quote.