January 2014 - Kimberley Bird Watching

  • Tours

  • Kimberley Trips

    Kimberley Birdwatching offers a range of Kimberley Trips scheduled tours for 2013 include: Bachsten Creek – Munja Track 6 day fly/drive 26th to 31st July 2013 AUD$3270.00 per person all inclusive Scenic flight from Broome to Munja (Walcott Inlet). Drive Munja Track to Mt Elizabeth Station, Gibb River Road, Broome. Birders are encouraged to make contact with George should they wish to arrange a tour to find specific species e.g. Yellow Chat

  • Short Trips

    Kimberley Birdwatching offers a range of short tours Short tours in and around Broome including Roebuck Bay the Broome Bird Observatory, Roebuck Plains and the coast north of Broome. Tours will be confirmed with a minimum of two people, please call if you are travelling by yourself as George may also consider taking one person for a small surcharge. Contact George by calling his mobile phone 0429 706 800 or email info@kimberleybirdwatching.com.au for availability details. All tours include pick up and drop off from your accommodation, Iced drinking water is provided on all tours and lunch is provided on the 10 and 12 hour tours 3 hour shorebirds tour. An introduction to the migrant shorebirds of Roebuck bay – AUD$90.00 per person 6 hour/ half day Broome environs tour. This tour visits mangroves, Roebuck Bay and areas around Broome, (this tour incorporates the 3 hour shorebird tour) – AUD$150.00 per person 10 hour Coastal Creek tour. This tour visits the coast north of Broome including Willies and Barred Creek James Price Point and Coulomb Point – AUD$250.00 per person 12 hour/ full day Dawn till dusk tour. A full day trip including mangroves, Roebuck Bay, Roebuck Plains and associated lakes – AUD$300.00 per person Birders are encouraged to make contact with George should they wish to arrange a tour to find specific species e.g. Yellow Chat

  • Kimberley Coast Cruise – September 11 – 20, 2013

    Kimberley Birdwatching’s Coastal Expedition 2013 is selling fast, contact us to secure your place. Book TourDownload Tour InformationBird List Kimberley Birdwatching’s Kimberley Coast Seabirds & Cetaceans Expedition Cruise is a new trip launched in conjunction with Richard Costin, Kimberley Whale expert. We combine expertise to explore the amazing Seabird Islands of Adele & the lacepedes and The Humpback whale calving grounds on the Kimberley Coast, a great opportunity for whale lovers and Birdwatchers alike.   Trip Details Observe the world’s largest population of Humpback Whales in their breeding grounds. Search for the rare and elusive Australian Snubfin Dolphin and the recently described Dwarf Spinner Dolphin. Other common cetaceans include Bottle-nosed, Indo-Pacific Hump-backed, Pan-tropical Spotted and Risso’s Dolphin, Melon-headed and Shortfinned Pilot Whale. Experience impressive seabird breeding colonies on the Lacepede and Adele Islands. Tropical Seabirds including Black & Common Noddy, Bridled & Sooty Tern, Red-footed, Masked & Brown Booby, Lesser & Greater Frigatebird. An additional 9 species of tern are commonly recorded on both islands. Both Islands also support large numbers of migratory shorebirds. Explore the spectacular Kimberley Coast for an exciting range of birds including Chestnut Rail, Great Billed Heron, Mangrove Robin, Rainbow Pitta, Rufous Owl, Little Shrike Thrush, Figbird, Yellow Oriole, Varied Triller and Green-backed Gerygone, Kimberley Honeyeater, Cicadabird, Variegated fairy Wren (rodgersi) and if we’re lucky Black Grasswren. Book TourDownload Tour Information

  • Ashmore Reef

    Kimberley Birdwatching’s Ashmore Expedition 2014 is selling fast, contact us to secure your spot. Brochure & Bird List & Information for participants   Trip Details This new Ashmore Reef trip in the March/April period offers birders a first time opportunity to visit Ashmore Reef, the Lacepede Islands and seas off the NW coast during the late wet season. Visits in April in recent years have turned up an extraordinary list of species and birding experiences, so much so that it has prompted the creation of this exciting charter. The route is shown on the map on the following page and a detailed itinerary will be forwarded to people booking the trip. Our journey north from Broome targets deeper water along the continental shelf as we track north to Scott Reef and ultimately Ashmore Reef. These waters can be incredibly exciting, with huge potential for rare pelagic seabirds like Jouanin’s Petrel, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, Abbott’s Booby and even Persian Shearwater. Cetaceans can also add to the excitement with mixed species pods of dolphins including Spinner, Pan-tropical Spotted and Fraser’s Dolphin. Larger animals like Pilot, Melon-headed and Sperm Whale have been recorded regularly and rarer cetaceans including Beaked Whales species also hunt canyons that form the continental shelf, presenting plenty of spotting and ID challenges. More regular tubenoses include Bulwer’s and Tahiti Petrel, Streaked, Wedge-tailed, Fleshy-footed and Hutton’s Shearwater, and Wilson’s Storm-Petrel. All three Jaegers species; Pomarine, Arctic and Long-tailed have been recorded. Tropical Seabirds are in no shortage when close to Ashmore and the Lacepede Islands with three species of Booby, Lesser and Greater Frigatebird and eleven tern species. On Ashmore we have a chance to see Common, Black and Lesser Noddy breeding in close proximity while Roseate Terns in full breeding plumage take some beating. The trip will also give participants the chance to compare Sooty and Bridled Tern and Crested and Lesser Crested Tern. Ashmore Reef and the Lacepede Islands also support large numbers of migratory shorebirds and many of the twenty-odd species will have attained breeding plumage. Rare shorebirds …

  • Welcome

    Kimberley Bird Watching offers the most authoritative birdwatching and wildlife tours in North Western Australia.

     

    Kimberley Birdwatching is based in Broome, which is situated in the southwest corner of the Kimberley division. The Kimberley is one of the most exciting and least explored regions for the birdwatcher and naturalist. Our tours also cover the Northern Territory.

     

    PO Box 220, Broome 6725, Western Australia

    Mobile: 0429 706 800

    Phone: (08) 9192 1246

    Fax: (08) 9192 1246

    Email: info@kimberleybirdwatching.com.au

    Website: www.kimberleybirdwatching.com.au

  • 10 Day Black Grasswren Tour – Accommodated

    From Broome to Derby we visited Taylor’s Lagoon, the Logue River and Willare Bridge on the Fitzroy River. We did well for raptors including good views of Black Falcon, Little Eagle, Black-breasted Buzzard and Square-tailed Kite. 27 Red-necked Avocets at the Logue River pool were an unexpected surprise. We finished the day off with a pair of Great-billed Herons at the Derby Wharf. The Derby mangroves in the vicinity of the wharf were quiet, perhaps the cool conditions had something to do with it, however Mangrove Golden Whistler, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Yellow White-eyes and Mangrove Grey Fantail showed well. Small flocks of Terek Sandpipers and Whimbrel were seen on the mudflats and the odd Eastern Curlew. The famous Derby Sewerage Works has undergone some drastic changes, however it was still worth a visit with well over thirty species recorded. Lovely views of White-throated Gerygone in nearby scrub made a good start. In the King Leopold Ranges on our way to Mt. Hart several small flocks of Pictorella Mannikins were recorded. After a comfortable night at Mt. Hart an early morning walk revealed several Australian Bustards promenading down the airstrip, and a Yellow Oriole feeding on Mulberries in the homestead gardens. A lunch stop on the Hann River, Gibb River Road, had a rather gory flavour as we witnessed a Brown Falcon capturing a Varied Lorikeet, which the Falcon proceeded to tear to pieces. Mt. Elizabeth Station is a wonderful birding location and our stay here enabled us to bird a few good spots. We were lucky enough to find 2 juvenile Gouldians but no adults! Seconds later in the same spot an adult male Northern Shrike Tit and Crested Bellbird were found. Masked Woodswallows were seen regularly in many different areas during our 10 day journey. Unfortunately we did not see any White-browed Woodswallows amongst them. Our visit to the Mitchell Plateau was a little disappointing as we failed to see the main target bird the Black Grasswren and it wasn’t for the want of trying! We did however find both …

  • Pelagic – Ashmore Reef

    The annual Pelagic Trip to Ashmore Reef aboard the Flying Fish Five continues to grow in popularity and considering the number of exciting species that we see including birds, cetaceans, turtles and sea snakes etc it is hardly surprising. In shallow water north of Broome lots of Terns including Roseate, Brown Boobies and Lesser Frigatebirds. Once in deep water on the second day we started to see Tahiti Petrels and Bulwer’s Petrel. We eventually saw all possible 3 Jaegers, Long-tailed, Pomerine and Arctic. Overall we saw lots of Storm Petrels including Matsudaira’s and Swinhoes. The cetacean highlight for the trip was the discovery of Fraser’s Dolphins amongst a large pod of Short-finned Pilot Whales and Spinner Dolphins. Calm conditions are ideal for spotting these animals and we were graced with several days of what the boaties term as a “glass off”. It was a fantastic trip for cetaceans with 8 species seen. Ashmore Reef itself was spectacular, we had access to all three islands care of Her Majesty’s Customs escorting us which was very good of them. This is an exclusive opportunity to witness the spectacular seabird breeding opportunities of Middle and East Island. As for rare vagrant birds on West Island, it’s hard to believe that we found two species of vagrants namely Asian Brown Flycatcher and Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warbler that were found last year. Had they stayed on the island from last year? Who knows? Everyone had excellent views of these two rare birds in an Australian territory. A pair of Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes were also on the Island and with further research there is a good chance they are actually Wallacian Cuckoo Shrikes—a close Indonesian relative to the common Australian bird. This trip is a MUST for any keen birdwatcher and worth every penny.

  • Testimonials

    Thanks to George Swann, he’s given me a pure experience of the Kimberley’s magnificent nature and birdlife. I am indeed thankful for George’s enthusiasm and energy and I strongly insist that all Broome visitors go out birdwatching with George. If you’re anything like me who appreciates raw beauty and natural wonders of our world, then George is the man for you! Cathy Freeman, Australia, Olympic Gold Medalist Thank you for a brilliant days birdwatching. George your enthusiasm for birds is so contagious and your knowledge of birds so thorough, that everyone who travels with you will learn. This was my third trip with Kimberley Birdwatching and each trip gets better Patty Smith, Vic We had a fantastic birding experience in northern Australia thanks to the hard work and guidance of George Swann. He got us the tough specialities – Black Grasswren, Grey Falcon, Mangrove Golden Whistler, Hooded Parrot, Terek Sandpiper – as well as abundant contact with that most glorious of dicky-birds, the Gouldian Finch. What a pleasure it was to travel with a talented and experienced naturalist, enjoying birds, other fantastic Australian wildlife and plants, and some interesting geology to boot. And what a thrill it was to experience all that tropical nature without having to worry about malaria and in general creature comfort. We’ve done biological field work on every continent, and spent years in Australia, but our time with George was a highlight of out global natural history experience. Paul R Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, CA. USA ou enhanced the experience with your expertise in so many different fields that we all felt a little in awe of your knowledge. I for one am richer for the experience – thank you Enid Hulls That was my first ever “birding trip” and I am glad it was with you. It has opened up doors of wonderment and pleasure, thank you very much. Kate Buckley, SA I went birding with George Swann which, as ever, was very enjoyable. If anyone is …

  • Maps

    The Kimberley region is vast, covering some 420,000 sq km and is dissected by the famous Gibb River Road, an unsealed road winding through the Kimberley from Derby in the West to Wyndham in the East Kimberley. The road enables access to numerous spectacular gorges through some of the most rugged country Australia has to offer.

  • Links

    Directory of Australian Bird Organisations – www.ausbird.com Fatbird UK, Bo Crombet-Boelens – www.fatbirder.com Fine Feather Tours, Del Richards – www.finefeathertours.com.au Frank O’Connor – www.birdingwa.iinet.net.au Kirrama Wildlife Tours, Klaus Ullenhut – www.kirrama.com.au Lotus Bird Lodge – www.cairns.aust.com/lotusbird Tony Palliser – users.bigpond.net.au/palliser Earth Foot – www.earthfoot.org Wildlife Tourism Australia – www.wildlifetourism.org.au Lloyd Nielsen’s Birding Australia – www.birdingaustralia.com.au Dean Birders – www.deanbirders.co.uk Kimberley Coastal Camp – www.kimberleycoastalcamp.com.au Kimberley Whale Watching – www.kimberleywhales.com.au David Cook – www.davidcook.com.au/kimberley2006.htm kimberley.davidcook.com.au Holiday – WA – www.holiday-wa.net Australian Holiday Accommodation – www.bookitnow.com.au Andrew Isles Bookshops – www.andrewisles.com Broome Bird Observatory – www.broomebirdobservatory.com Philip Maher – www.philipmaher.com Peter Waanders – www.sabirding.com Cheynes Beach caravan Park – www.cheynesbeachcaravanpark.com.au David Crawford – www.closeupbirding.com.au Dr Tania Cochran – www.inalabruny.com.au Peter Taylor – http://birding-southwest.mysouthwest.com.au Australian Wader Studies Group – www.birdlife.org.au Birdlife WA – www.birdlife.org.au Birdlife Australia – http://www.birdlife.org.au Fran & Jim Standing – www.mountcluniecabins.com.au Sue and Phil Gregory – www.cassowary-house.com.au | www.cassowary-house.com.au Kingfisher Park – www.birdwatchers.com.au Bird Trails Tropical Queensland – www.birdingtropicalaustralia.com.au Experience the wild – www.experiencethewild.com.au Red Mill House – www.redmillhouse.com.au Daintree Bird Watching – www.daintreebirdwatching.com.au Reuben Trusler – creative design and strategy – www.reubentrusler.com.au Australian Wildlife Images – www.wildlifeimages.com.au Naturetrek – www.naturetrek.co.uk ABC Radio – to hear Georges interviews on Kimberley Birds www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s1180630.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s1476393.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s991996.htm” www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s868344.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s807289.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s784803.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s666190.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s632708.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s602696.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s591563.htm

  • Contact

    Address PO Box 220, Broome 6725, Western Australia Phone: (08) 9192 1246 Mobile: 0429 706 800 Fax: (08) 9192 1246 Email: info@kimberleybirdwatching.com.auWebsite: www.kimberleybirdwatching.com.au Kimberley Birdwatching is based in Broome, which is situated in the southwest corner of the Kimberley division. The Kimberley is one of the most exciting and least explored regions for the birdwatcher and naturalist. Our tours also cover the Northern Territory. Temperature & Clothing The temperature in the Kimberley averages between 25ºC – 38ºC. The Kimberley receives an average rainfall of between 500mm to 1400mm per year most of which falls between November and April, the ‘wet’ season. The weather in the Kimberley can be hot. Cool, loose clothing, hats and sunscreen are essential. Ideally your luggage should be contained in a soft bag for easy stowage. Choosing Your Tour We have tours available throughout the year departing from Broome. We can ‘design’ a tour to fit in with your plans and requirements and will be happy to discuss alternatives with you. Contact us for tour availability, itineraries and ideas. We are a proud member of Wildlife Tourism Australia, a non-profit organisation established to promote the sustainable development of a diverse wildlife tourism industry that supports conservation.

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        Welcome Kimberley Bird Watching offers the most authoritative birdwatching and wildlife tours in North Western Australia. Kimberley Birdwatching is based in Broome, which is situated in the southwest corner of the Kimberley division. The Kimberley is one of the most exciting and least explored regions for the birdwatcher and naturalist. Our tours also cover the Northern Territory. PO Box 220, Broome 6725, Western Australia Mobile: 0429 706 800 Phone: (08) 9192 1246 Fax: (08) 9192 1246 Email: info@kimberleybirdwatching.com.au Website: www.kimberleybirdwatching.com.au Choosing Your Tour We have tours available throughout the year departing from Broome. We can ‘design’ a tour to fit in with your plans and requirements and will be happy to discuss alternatives with you. Contact us for tour availability, itineraries and ideas. Read more Ashmore Reef 2017 Brochure & Booking Form Kimberley Birdwatching will be running the successful annual Pelagic Trip from Broome to Ashmore Reef and return in early November 2016. As we did last year, we will be visiting Browse Island but instead of going to Adele Island, we will have an extra day at Ashmore. The dates will be from the 2nd to the 10th of November 2016. The trip will be led by Rohan Clarke, Mike Carter and George Swann. The trip will be over 9 days departing Broome on Wednesday the 2nd of November at approximately 06:00 Hours and will return to Broome during the afternoon of Thursday the 10th of November. The cost will be AUD$5,950.00 per person inclusive of GST. This cost covers all meals and activities whilst at sea but not liquor and soft drinks. When you have booked and paid a deposit you will be sent an itinerary, Bird List, and a list of previous trip sightings since 2002. Reef Prince The vessel is a 38 m catamaran purpose built charter vessel with a main deck and a mid-deck. The Main deck has 6 interior double cabins, 4 with ensuites and 2 without and 4 share bunk style cabins with windows. Cabins on this deck have the use …

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    Kimberley Birdwatching is based in Broome, Western Australia, in the southwest corner of the Kimberley, one of the most exciting and least explored regions for the birdwatcher and naturalist. George offers a selection of short tours around Broome, including a 3 hour “Shorebirds of Roebuck Bay” tour, a 6 hour “Broome Environs” tour and a full day “Roebuck Bay and Roebuck Plains” tour (12 hours). George also offers a 10 hour “Creek Tour” that includes visits to Willie Creek, Barred Creek and the beautiful James Price Point. Kimberley Bird Watching also offers a number of extended camping tours into the Kimberley region, ranging from 4 to 16 days. Accommodated tours can be arranged on request. Kimberley Birdwatching is a proud member of Wildlife Tourism Australia, a non-profit organisation established to promote the sustainable development of a diverse wildlife tourism industry that supports conservation. Choosing Your Tour Our camping tours are available in the Kimberley dry season (April to November), departing from Broome. We can ‘design’ a tour to fit in with your plans and requirements and will be happy to discuss alternatives with you. We can also arrange accommodated tours visiting station accommodation and tour operator safari camps. We do encourage small groups who enjoy travelling together. As a one man specialist guide I can offer flexibility on a specific itinerary whilst in the field. Please contact us for tour availability, itineraries and ideas. We are a proud member of Wildlife Tourism Australia, a non-profit organisation established to promote the sustainable development of a diverse wildlife tourism industry that supports conservation.

  • George Swann

    Your Guide - George Swann

    George was born in England and emigrated to Australia in 1984. He has lived in Broome since 1989 and established Kimberley Birdwatching in 1993.

    Through many years of fieldwork, George has gained tremendous knowledge of the natural history of the Kimberley, including bird distribution and behaviour, with the emphasis on rare, endangered and poorly known species.

    George is a professional bird guide, with a passionate interest in the natural history and ecology of the region. He is a resourceful bushman and an infectiously enthusiastic travelling companion.

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    PO Box 220, Broome 6725, Western Australia
    Phone: (08) 9192 1246
    Fax: (08) 9192 1246

    Email: info@kimberleybirdwatching.com.au
    Website: www.kimberleybirdwatching.com.au
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