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Day Tours

4 Habitats Tour

  • Australian Pelican

Our 4 Habitats Tour is a great way for any birder to see a good variety of birds in one day close to Melbourne. The four main habitat types that we will visit are farmland, dry eucalyptus forest, coastal salt marsh and wetlands.

Cost

2 people or more $260 per person

Single person  $360  (If you book as a single and we take more bookings you will be refunded $100 on the day)

Private tours can be arranged.       

Features:

  • Visit the Western Treatment Plant
  • Visit You Yangs Regional Park
  • Personalised service
  • Travel in late model Toyota Landcruiser Prado
  • Wonderful photographic opportunities.

Inclusions

  • Lunch and refreshments (special diets catered for by request)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Park fees
  • Use of Swarovski Spotting Scope
  • Binoculars if required
  • Use of Field Guides
  • A hard copy checklist to take home
  • A ebird checklist that can be shared at the end of the tour
  • A professional and friendly guide

7 am - You will be picked up at your city hotel or place of accommodation near Melbourne. We will first head to You Yangs Regional Park with an optional coffee stop on the way. You Yangs Regional Park is a dry eucalyptus forest which attracts many types of birds including a variety of honeyeaters such as White-plumed Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater and Yellow-faced Honeyeater. Quite often Australia’s largest raptor, the Wedge-tailed Eagle will soar overhead as it searches for prey. Other raptors we may encounter include Brown Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk, Whistling Kite and Brown Falcon. In Spring/Summer, the park is home to some northern migrants including Rufous Whistler, Rainbow Bee-eater, White-winged Triller, Olive-backed Oriole and some of the cuckoos such as Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-cuckoo, Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo and Pallid Cuckoo. Another bird that is frequently seen here is the White-winged Chough which lives in large groups and builds wonderful mud nests. Some mammals that we may see are Black Wallaby, Eastern Grey Kangaroo and Koala.

11 am – We will drive the short distance over to the Western Treatment Plant where we will spend the rest of the day. This site holds an incredible amount of waterfowl, bush-birds and raptors all year round. During our Spring/Summer, the plant is home to up to 30 species of shorebird which migrate from the northern hemisphere. We will scan the many ponds for ducks, cormorants and grebes including Pink-eared Duck, Australian Shoveler and the incredible Musk Duck. We will search the many reed beds for Australian Spotted Crake, Buff-banded Rail and Spotless Crake. We will endeavour to find Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill and up to 100 other species in Melbourne’s premier birding destination. We will have lunch at a place where the birds are plentiful so that we won't miss a thing. We will continue birding until 4 pm and have you back at your accommodation at 5 pm.

Download PDF   Possible Species 4 Habitats Tour

Common Name

Scientific Name

Emu

Dromaius novaehollandiae

Magpie Goose

Anseranas semipalmata

Blue-billed Duck

Oxyura australis

Pink-eared Duck

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Black Swan

Cygnus atratus

Australian Shelduck

Tadorna tadornoides

Hardhead

Aythya australis

Australasian Shoveler

Spatula rhynchotis

Pacific Black Duck

Anas superciliosa

Grey Teal

Anas gracilis

Chestnut Teal

Anas castanea

Freckled Duck

Stictonetta naevosa

Musk Duck

Biziura lobata

Australian Wood Duck

Chenonetta jubata

Stubble Quail

Coturnix pectoralis

Brown Quail

Synoicus ypsilophora

Australasian Grebe

Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

Hoary-headed Grebe

Poliocephalus poliocephalus

Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus

Rock Dove

Columba livia

Spotted Dove

Streptopelia chinensis

Common Bronzewing

Phaps chalcoptera

Brush Bronzewing

Phaps elegans

Crested Pigeon

Ocyphaps lophotes

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites basalis

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites lucidus

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Cacomantis flabelliformis

Pallid Cuckoo

Heteroscenes pallidus

Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Aegotheles cristatus

Fork-tailed Swift

Apus pacificus

Lewin's Rail

Lewinia pectoralis

Buff-banded Rail

Hypotaenidia philippensis

Australian Spotted Crake

Porzana fluminea

Baillon's Crake

Zapornia pusilla

Spotless Crake

Zapornia tabuensis

Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio

Dusky Moorhen

Gallinula tenebrosa

Black-tailed Native-hen

Tribonyx ventralis

Eurasian Coot

Fulica atra

Brolga

Antigone rubicunda

Australian Pied Oystercatcher

Haematopus longirostris

Sooty Oystercatcher

Haematopus fuliginosus

Banded Stilt

Cladorhynchus leucocephalus

Red-necked Avocet

Recurvirostra novaehollandiae

Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus leucocephalus

Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Pacific Golden Plover

Pluvialis fulva

Red-capped Plover

Charadrius ruficapillus

Double-banded Plover

Charadrius bicinctus

Black-fronted Dotterel

Elseyornis melanops

Banded Lapwing

Vanellus tricolor

Masked Lapwing

Vanellus miles

Red-kneed Dotterel

Erythrogonys cinctus

Eastern Curlew

Numenius madagascariensis

Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

Red Knot

Calidris canutus

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Calidris falcinellus

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Calidris acuminata

Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

Long-toed Stint

Calidris subminuta

Red-necked Stint

Calidris ruficollis

Little Stint

Calidris minuta

Pectoral Sandpiper

Calidris melanotos

Latham's Snipe

Gallinago hardwickii

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

Grey-tailed Tattler

Tringa brevipes

Common Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

Wood Sandpiper

Tringa glareola

Marsh Sandpiper

Tringa stagnatilis

Red-necked Phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus

Painted Button-quail

Turnix varius

Arctic Jaeger

Stercorarius parasiticus

Silver Gull

Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

Pacific Gull

Larus pacificus

Little Tern

Sternula albifrons

Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia

Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias hybrida

White-winged Black Tern

Chlidonias leucopterus

Common Tern

Sterna hirundo

Crested Tern

Thalasseus bergii

Australian Pelican

Pelecanus conspicillatus

Nankeen Night-Heron

Nycticorax caledonicus

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

White-necked Heron

Ardea pacifica

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Intermediate Egret

Ardea intermedia

White-faced Heron

Egretta novaehollandiae

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

Australian White Ibis

Threskiornis moluccus

Straw-necked Ibis

Threskiornis spinicollis

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Platalea flavipes

Royal Spoonbill

Platalea regia

Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus

Australasian Gannet

Morus serrator

Little Pied Cormorant

Microcarbo melanoleucos

Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

Little Black Cormorant

Phalacrocorax sulcirostris

Black-faced Cormorant

Phalacrocorax fuscescens

Pied Cormorant

Phalacrocorax varius

Australasian Darter

Anhinga novaehollandiae

Black-shouldered Kite

Elanus axillaris

Little Eagle

Hieraaetus morphnoides

Brown Goshawk

Accipiter fasciatus

Collared Sparrowhawk

Accipiter cirrocephalus

Whistling Kite

Haliastur sphenurus

Black Kite

Milvus migrans

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

Southern Boobook

Ninox boobook

Rainbow Bee-eater

Merops ornatus

Dollarbird

Eurystomus orientalis

Sacred Kingfisher

Todiramphus sanctus

Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

Nankeen Kestrel

Falco cenchroides

Australian Hobby

Falco longipennis

Brown Falcon

Falco berigora

Black Falcon

Falco subniger

Galah

Eolophus roseicapilla

Long-billed Corella

Cacatua tenuirostris

Little Corella

Cacatua sanguinea

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

Red-rumped Parrot

Psephotus haematonotus

Crimson Rosella

Platycercus elegans

Eastern Rosella

Platycercus eximius

Blue-winged Parrot

Neophema chrysostoma

Musk Lorikeet

Glossopsitta concinna

Little Lorikeet

Glossopsitta pusilla

Rainbow Lorikeet

Trichoglossus moluccanus

White-throated Treecreeper

Cormobates leucophaea

Brown Treecreeper

Climacteris picumnus

Superb Fairy-wren

Malurus cyaneus

New Holland Honeyeater

Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

White-eared Honeyeater

Nesoptilotis leucotis

Black-chinned Honeyeater

Melithreptus gularis

Brown-headed Honeyeater

Melithreptus brevirostris

White-naped Honeyeater

Melithreptus lunatus

Eastern Spinebill

Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

White-fronted Chat

Epthianura albifrons

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Acanthagenys rufogularis

Little Wattlebird

Anthochaera chrysoptera

Red Wattlebird

Anthochaera carunculata

Singing Honeyeater

Gavicalis virescens

White-plumed Honeyeater

Ptilotula penicillata

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Caligavis chrysops

Noisy Miner

Manorina melanocephala

Spotted Pardalote

Pardalotus punctatus

Striated Pardalote

Pardalotus striatus

White-throated Gerygone

Gerygone olivacea

Weebill

Smicrornis brevirostris

Speckled Warbler

Pyrrholaemus sagittatus

Striated Fieldwren

Calamanthus fuliginosus

White-browed Scrubwren

Sericornis frontalis

Southern Whiteface

Aphelocephala leucopsis

   

 

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

 

Acanthiza chrysorrhoa

Yellow Thornbill

Acanthiza nana

Striated Thornbill

Acanthiza lineata

Brown Thornbill

Acanthiza pusilla

Buff-rumped Thornbill

Acanthiza reguloides

Varied Sittella

Daphoenositta chrysoptera

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina novaehollandiae

White-winged Triller

Lalage tricolor

Rufous Whistler

Pachycephala rufiventris

Golden Whistler

Pachycephala pectoralis

Grey Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla harmonica

Olive-backed Oriole

Oriolus sagittatus

Pied Currawong

Strepera graculina

Grey Currawong

Strepera versicolor

Australian Magpie

Gymnorhina tibicen

Pied Butcherbird

Cracticus nigrogularis

Grey Butcherbird

Cracticus torquatus

Masked Woodswallow

Artamus personatus

White-browed Woodswallow

Artamus superciliosus

Dusky Woodswallow

Artamus cyanopterus

Willie Wagtail

Rhipidura leucophrys

Grey Fantail

Rhipidura fuliginosa

Little Raven

Corvus mellori

Australian Raven

Corvus coronoides

Satin Flycatcher

Myiagra cyanoleuca

Restless Flycatcher

Myiagra inquieta

Magpie-lark

Grallina cyanoleuca

White-winged Chough

Corcorax melanorhamphos

Pink Robin

Petroica rodinogaster

Flame Robin

Petroica phoenicea

Scarlet Robin

Petroica multicolor

Red-capped Robin

Petroica goodenovii

Jacky Winter

Microeca fascinans

Eastern Yellow Robin

Eopsaltria australis

Mistletoebird

Dicaeum hirundinaceum

Red-browed Finch

Neochmia temporalis

Zebra Finch

Taeniopygia guttata

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Passer montanus

Australasian Pipit

Anthus novaeseelandiae

Common Greenfinch

Chloris chloris

European Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis

Horsfield's Bushlark

Mirafra javanica

Eurasian Skylark

Alauda arvensis

Golden-headed Cisticola

Cisticola exilis

Brown Songlark

Cincloramphus cruralis

Little Grassbird

Poodytes gramineus

Australian Reed-Warbler

Acrocephalus australis

Fairy Martin

Petrochelidon ariel

Tree Martin

Petrochelidon nigricans

Welcome Swallow

Hirundo neoxena

Silvereye

Zosterops lateralis

Common Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Common Myna

Acridotheres tristis

Common Blackbird

Turdus merula

 

 

What clothing/footwear do you recommend?

Sturdy walking boots are recommended however sneakers are OK.

What is your cancellation policy?

Tours cancelled within 7 days of tour result in 50% loss of tour cost

Tours cancelled within 48 hours of tour result in 100%loss of tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Can you cater for special diets?

Yes, absolutely, let us know which diet you prefer and we will provide the appropriate meals.

How much hiking is involved?

Our tour are not too strenuous. Much of the birding takes place near or from the vehicle. Our longest hikes are approximately 2km (1.25 miles) and we will travel at your pace.

 

Cancellation Policy

Tours cancelled within 7 days of tour result in 50% loss of tour cost

Tours cancelled within 48 hours of tour result in 100%loss of tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

South West Coastal Tour

Cost

2 people or more $280 per person

Single person $390 (If you book as a single and we take more bookings you will be refunded $110 on the day)   

Features:

  • Visit the Western Treatment Plant

  • Visit part of the Great Ocean Road

  • Personalised service

  • Travel in late model Toyota Landcruiser Prado

  • Wonderful photographic opportunities.

Inclusions

  • Lunch and refreshments (special diets catered for by request)

  • Hotel pickup and drop off

  • Park fees

  • Use of Swarovski Spotting Scope

  • Binoculars if required

  • Use of Field Guides

  • A hard copy checklist to take home

  • An ebird checklist that can be shared at the end of the tour

  • A professional and friendly guide

Some key species:
Rufous Bristlebird, Southern Emu-wren, Hooded Plover, Black-faced Cormorant, Chestnut-rumped Heath-wren, Striated Fieldwren, Shy Albatross, Black-browed Albatross

6 am - You will be picked up at your city hotel and taken to Angelsea, approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes drive south west of Melbourne. We will begin by searching for the Rufous Bristlebird, a species which has a very small range due to its habitat requirements. This charismatic species is a bit of a skulker, however, be patient and you may be rewarded by some wonderful views.

We will then visit a surf beach where nothing really stands between us and Antarctica. We will search the beaches for Hooded Plover, Sanderling and Double-banded Plover. We will scour the rocky outcrops for Black-faced Cormorant, a marine species of cormorant rarely seen close to shore. We will look out to sea where in windy wintery conditions various species of albatross can be seen.

From here we will explore a magnificent example of coastal heathland which provides the perfect habitat for Striated Fieldwren, Southern Emu-wren and Tawny-crowned Honeyeater. Eastern Grey Kangaroos often watch on as we seek out these target species.

We will then move on to a fantastic patch of Ironbark Forest where we will search for Some of the honeyeaters, whistlers and parrots that are often encountered. Species such as Blue-winged Parrot, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Rufous Whistler, White-eared Honeyeater, Crimson Rosella, Spotted Pardalote and many others call this forest home.

We then head on to the Western Treatment Plant for ducks, shorebirds, waterfowl raptors and more. Lunch will be had at the plant where we can add to our species list as we eat.

5 pm - We will begin to head back to the city where you will be dropped at your hotel or place of accommodation at 6 pm.

Download PDF  Possible Species South West Coastal Tour

Common Name

Scientific Name

Magpie Goose

Anseranas semipalmata

Blue-billed Duck

Oxyura australis

Pink-eared Duck

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Cape Barren Goose

Cereopsis novaehollandiae

Black Swan

Cygnus atratus

Australian Shelduck

Tadorna tadornoides

Hardhead

Aythya australis

Australasian Shoveler

Spatula rhynchotis

Pacific Black Duck

Anas superciliosa

Northern Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Grey Teal

Anas gracilis

Chestnut Teal

Anas castanea

Freckled Duck

Stictonetta naevosa

Musk Duck

Biziura lobata

Australian Wood Duck

Chenonetta jubata

Stubble Quail

Coturnix pectoralis

Brown Quail

Synoicus ypsilophora

Australasian Grebe

Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

Hoary-headed Grebe

Poliocephalus poliocephalus

Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus

Rock Dove

Columba livia

Spotted Dove

Streptopelia chinensis

Common Bronzewing

Phaps chalcoptera

Brush Bronzewing

Phaps elegans

Crested Pigeon

Ocyphaps lophotes

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites basalis

Black-eared Cuckoo

Chalcites osculans

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites lucidus

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Cacomantis flabelliformis

Brush Cuckoo

Cacomantis variolosus

Pallid Cuckoo

Heteroscenes pallidus

Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Aegotheles cristatus

White-throated Needletail

Hirundapus caudacutus

Fork-tailed Swift

Apus pacificus

Lewin's Rail

Lewinia pectoralis

Buff-banded Rail

Hypotaenidia philippensis

Australian Spotted Crake

Porzana fluminea

Baillon's Crake

Zapornia pusilla

Spotless Crake

Zapornia tabuensis

Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio

Dusky Moorhen

Gallinula tenebrosa

Black-tailed Native-hen

Tribonyx ventralis

Eurasian Coot

Fulica atra

Brolga

Antigone rubicunda

Australian Pied Oystercatcher

Haematopus longirostris

Sooty Oystercatcher

Haematopus fuliginosus

Banded Stilt

Cladorhynchus leucocephalus

Red-necked Avocet

Recurvirostra novaehollandiae

Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus leucocephalus

Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Pacific Golden Plover

Pluvialis fulva

Red-capped Plover

Charadrius ruficapillus

Double-banded Plover

Charadrius bicinctus

Hooded Plover

Thinornis cucullatus

Black-fronted Dotterel

Elseyornis melanops

Banded Lapwing

Vanellus tricolor

Masked Lapwing

Vanellus miles

Red-kneed Dotterel

Erythrogonys cinctus

Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

Great Knot

Calidris tenuirostris

Red Knot

Calidris canutus

Ruff

Calidris pugnax

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Calidris falcinellus

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Calidris acuminata

Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

Long-toed Stint

Calidris subminuta

Red-necked Stint

Calidris ruficollis

Sanderling

Calidris alba

Pectoral Sandpiper

Calidris melanotos

Latham's Snipe

Gallinago hardwickii

Terek Sandpiper

Xenus cinereus

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

Grey-tailed Tattler

Tringa brevipes

Common Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

Wood Sandpiper

Tringa glareola

Marsh Sandpiper

Tringa stagnatilis

Red-necked Phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus

Painted Button-quail

Turnix varius

Arctic Jaeger

Stercorarius parasiticus

Silver Gull

Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

Pacific Gull

Larus pacificus

Kelp Gull

Larus dominicanus

Little Tern

Sternula albifrons

Fairy Tern

Sternula nereis

Australian Gull-billed Tern

Gelochelidon macrotarsa

Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia

Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias hybrida

White-winged Black Tern

Chlidonias leucopterus

White-fronted Tern

Sterna striata

Common Tern

Sterna hirundo

Crested Tern

Thalasseus bergii

Black-browed Albatross

Thalassarche melanophris

Short-tailed Shearwater

Ardenna tenuirostris

Fluttering Shearwater

Puffinus gavia

Hutton's Shearwater

Puffinus huttoni

Australian Pelican

Pelecanus conspicillatus

Australasian Bittern

Botaurus poiciloptilus

Nankeen Night-Heron

Nycticorax caledonicus

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

White-necked Heron

Ardea pacifica

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Intermediate Egret

Ardea intermedia

White-faced Heron

Egretta novaehollandiae

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

Australian White Ibis

Threskiornis moluccus

Straw-necked Ibis

Threskiornis spinicollis

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Platalea flavipes

Royal Spoonbill

Platalea regia

Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus

Australasian Gannet

Morus serrator

Little Pied Cormorant

Microcarbo melanoleucos

Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

Little Black Cormorant

Phalacrocorax sulcirostris

Black-faced Cormorant

Phalacrocorax fuscescens

Pied Cormorant

Phalacrocorax varius

Australasian Darter

Anhinga novaehollandiae

Black-shouldered Kite

Elanus axillaris

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Aquila audax

Little Eagle

Hieraaetus morphnoides

Swamp Harrier

Circus approximans

Spotted Harrier

Circus assimilis

Grey Goshawk

Accipiter novaehollandiae

Brown Goshawk

Accipiter fasciatus

Collared Sparrowhawk

Accipiter cirrocephalus

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Haliaeetus leucogaster

Whistling Kite

Haliastur sphenurus

Black Kite

Milvus migrans

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

Powerful Owl

Ninox strenua

Southern Boobook

Ninox boobook

Rainbow Bee-eater

Merops ornatus

Sacred Kingfisher

Todiramphus sanctus

Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

Nankeen Kestrel

Falco cenchroides

Australian Hobby

Falco longipennis

Brown Falcon

Falco berigora

Black Falcon

Falco subniger

Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Zanda funereus

Gang-gang Cockatoo

Callocephalon fimbriatum

Galah

Eolophus roseicapilla

Long-billed Corella

Cacatua tenuirostris

Little Corella

Cacatua sanguinea

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

Australian King-Parrot

Alisterus scapularis

Red-rumped Parrot

Psephotus haematonotus

Crimson Rosella

Platycercus elegans

Eastern Rosella

Platycercus eximius

Swift Parrot

Lathamus discolor

Blue-winged Parrot

Neophema chrysostoma

Musk Lorikeet

Glossopsitta concinna

Little Lorikeet

Glossopsitta pusilla

Purple-crowned Lorikeet

Glossopsitta porphyrocephala

Rainbow Lorikeet

Trichoglossus moluccanus

Satin Bowerbird

Ptilonorhynchus violaceus

White-throated Treecreeper

Cormobates leucophaea

Superb Fairy-wren

Malurus cyaneus

Southern Emu-wren

Stipiturus malachurus

Rufous Bristlebird

Dasyornis broadbenti

Crescent Honeyeater

Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus

New Holland Honeyeater

Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

White-eared Honeyeater

Nesoptilotis leucotis

Black-chinned Honeyeater

Melithreptus gularis

Brown-headed Honeyeater

Melithreptus brevirostris

White-naped Honeyeater

Melithreptus lunatus

Tawny-crowned Honeyeater

Glyciphila melanops

Eastern Spinebill

Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

White-fronted Chat

Epthianura albifrons

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Acanthagenys rufogularis

Little Wattlebird

Anthochaera chrysoptera

Red Wattlebird

Anthochaera carunculata

Singing Honeyeater

Gavicalis virescens

White-plumed Honeyeater

Ptilotula penicillata

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Caligavis chrysops

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

Lichenostomus melanops

Noisy Miner

Manorina melanocephala

Spotted Pardalote

Pardalotus punctatus

Striated Pardalote

Pardalotus striatus

Weebill

Smicrornis brevirostris

Speckled Warbler

Pyrrholaemus sagittatus

Chestnut-rumped Heathwren

Calamanthus pyrrhopygius

Striated Fieldwren

Calamanthus fuliginosus

White-browed Scrubwren

Sericornis frontalis

Southern Whiteface

Aphelocephala leucopsis

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Acanthiza chrysorrhoa

Yellow Thornbill

Acanthiza nana

Striated Thornbill

Acanthiza lineata

Brown Thornbill

Acanthiza pusilla

Buff-rumped Thornbill

Acanthiza reguloides

Varied Sittella

Daphoenositta chrysoptera

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina novaehollandiae

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina papuensis

White-winged Triller

Lalage tricolor

Rufous Whistler

Pachycephala rufiventris

Golden Whistler

Pachycephala pectoralis

Grey Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla harmonica

Crested Shrike-tit

Falcunculus frontatus

Olive-backed Oriole

Oriolus sagittatus

Pied Currawong

Strepera graculina

Grey Currawong

Strepera versicolor

Australian Magpie

Gymnorhina tibicen

Grey Butcherbird

Cracticus torquatus

Masked Woodswallow

Artamus personatus

White-browed Woodswallow

Artamus superciliosus

Dusky Woodswallow

Artamus cyanopterus

Willie Wagtail

Rhipidura leucophrys

Rufous Fantail

Rhipidura rufifrons

Grey Fantail

Rhipidura fuliginosa

Little Raven

Corvus mellori

Forest Raven

Corvus tasmanicus

Australian Raven

Corvus coronoides

Leaden Flycatcher

Myiagra rubecula

Satin Flycatcher

Myiagra cyanoleuca

Restless Flycatcher

Myiagra inquieta

Magpie-lark

Grallina cyanoleuca

White-winged Chough

Corcorax melanorhamphos

Rose Robin

Petroica rosea

Pink Robin

Petroica rodinogaster

Flame Robin

Petroica phoenicea

Scarlet Robin

Petroica multicolor

Red-capped Robin

Petroica goodenovii

Jacky Winter

Microeca fascinans

Eastern Yellow Robin

Eopsaltria australis

Mistletoebird

Dicaeum hirundinaceum

Beautiful Firetail

Stagonopleura bella

Diamond Firetail

Stagonopleura guttata

Red-browed Finch

Neochmia temporalis

Zebra Finch

Taeniopygia guttata

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Passer montanus

Australasian Pipit

Anthus novaeseelandiae

Common Greenfinch

Chloris chloris

European Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis

Horsfield's Bushlark

Mirafra javanica

Eurasian Skylark

Alauda arvensis

Golden-headed Cisticola

Cisticola exilis

Brown Songlark

Cincloramphus cruralis

Rufous Songlark

Cincloramphus mathewsi

Little Grassbird

Poodytes gramineus

Australian Reed-Warbler

Acrocephalus australis

Fairy Martin

Petrochelidon ariel

Tree Martin

Petrochelidon nigricans

Welcome Swallow

Hirundo neoxena

Silvereye

Zosterops lateralis

Common Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Common Myna

Acridotheres tristis

Bassian Thrush

Zoothera lunulata

Common Blackbird

Turdus merula

What clothing/footwear do you recommend?

Sturdy walking boots are recommended however sneakers should be ok.

What is your cancellation policy?

Tours cancelled within 7 days of tour result in 50% loss of tour cost

Tours cancelled within 48 hours of tour result in 100%loss of tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Can you cater for special diets?

Yes, absolutely, let us know which diet you prefer and we will provide the appropriate meals.

How much hiking is involved?

Our tours are not too strenuous. Much of the birding takes place near or from the vehicle. Our longest hikes are approximately 2km (1.25 miles) and we will travel at your pace.

 

Cancellation Policy

Tours cancelled within 7 days of tour result in 50% loss of tour cost

Tours cancelled within 48 hours of tour result in 100%loss of tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Forest to the Sea Tour


Cost

2 people or more $280 per person

Single person $390 (If you book as a single and we take more bookings you will be refunded $110 on the day)   

Features:

  • Visit the Western Treatment Plant

  • Visit Dandenong Ranges National Park

  • Personalised service

  • Travel in late model Toyota Landcruiser Prado

  • Wonderful photographic opportunities.

Inclusions

  • Lunch and refreshments (special diets catered for by request)

  • Hotel pickup and drop off

  • Park fees

  • Use of Swarovski Spotting Scope

  • Binoculars if required

  • Use of Field Guides

  • A hard copy checklist to take home

  • An ebird checklist that can be shared at the end of the tour

  • A professional and friendly guide

Some key species:
Superb Lyrebird, Eastern Yellow Robin, Crimson Rosella, Red-necked Avocet, Galah.

6 am - You will be picked up at your city hotel and taken to Dandenong Ranges National Park, approximately 40 minutes east of Melbourne. The park has an amazing upper canopy of Mountain Ash, Eucalyptus regnans, the tallest flowering plant in the world. The mid canopy features some amazing tree ferns and bracken. This is the home of arguably the best songbird on the planet, the Superb Lyrebird. We will hike approximately 1km, 0.6 miles into a site where we stand a good chance of seeing and hearing this incredible bird.

Although the Superb Lyrebird is our target species there are many other birds which live here including Eastern Whipbird, Laughing Kookaburra, Eastern Yellow Robin, Galah, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo and King Parrot to name a few.

After a few hours here we will head an hour south west to the Western Treatment Plant where we will add to the species list with waterfowl, shorebirds, bush birds, raptors and more. We will lunch on the go so our birding is not interupted.

At 5 pm we will head back to Melbourne where you will be dropped off at your hotel at 6 pm.

Download PDF Possible Species Forest to the Sea Tour

Common Name

Scientific Name

Magpie Goose

Anseranas semipalmata

Blue-billed Duck

Oxyura australis

Pink-eared Duck

Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Black Swan

Cygnus atratus

Australian Shelduck

Tadorna tadornoides

Hardhead

Aythya australis

Australasian Shoveler

Spatula rhynchotis

Pacific Black Duck

Anas superciliosa

Northern Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Grey Teal

Anas gracilis

Chestnut Teal

Anas castanea

Freckled Duck

Stictonetta naevosa

Musk Duck

Biziura lobata

Australian Wood Duck

Chenonetta jubata

Stubble Quail

Coturnix pectoralis

Brown Quail

Synoicus ypsilophora

Australasian Grebe

Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

Hoary-headed Grebe

Poliocephalus poliocephalus

Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus

Rock Dove

Columba livia

Common Bronzewing

Phaps chalcoptera

Brush Bronzewing

Phaps elegans

Crested Pigeon

Ocyphaps lophotes

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites basalis

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites lucidus

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Cacomantis flabelliformis

Brush Cuckoo

Cacomantis variolosus

Pallid Cuckoo

Heteroscenes pallidus

Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Aegotheles cristatus

White-throated Needletail

Hirundapus caudacutus

Fork-tailed Swift

Apus pacificus

Lewin's Rail

Lewinia pectoralis

Buff-banded Rail

Hypotaenidia philippensis

Australian Spotted Crake

Porzana fluminea

Baillon's Crake

Zapornia pusilla

Spotless Crake

Zapornia tabuensis

Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio

Dusky Moorhen

Gallinula tenebrosa

Black-tailed Native-hen

Tribonyx ventralis

Eurasian Coot

Fulica atra

Brolga

Antigone rubicunda

Australian Pied Oystercatcher

Haematopus longirostris

Sooty Oystercatcher

Haematopus fuliginosus

Banded Stilt

Cladorhynchus leucocephalus

Red-necked Avocet

Recurvirostra novaehollandiae

Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus leucocephalus

Pacific Golden Plover

Pluvialis fulva

Red-capped Plover

Charadrius ruficapillus

Double-banded Plover

Charadrius bicinctus

Black-fronted Dotterel

Elseyornis melanops

Banded Lapwing

Vanellus tricolor

Masked Lapwing

Vanellus miles

Red-kneed Dotterel

Erythrogonys cinctus

Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus

Eastern Curlew

Numenius madagascariensis

Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

Red Knot

Calidris canutus

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Calidris falcinellus

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Calidris acuminata

Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

Long-toed Stint

Calidris subminuta

Red-necked Stint

Calidris ruficollis

Little Stint

Calidris minuta

Pectoral Sandpiper

Calidris melanotos

Latham's Snipe

Gallinago hardwickii

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

Grey-tailed Tattler

Tringa brevipes

Common Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

Wood Sandpiper

Tringa glareola

Marsh Sandpiper

Tringa stagnatilis

Red-necked Phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus

Arctic Jaeger

Stercorarius parasiticus

Silver Gull

Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

Pacific Gull

Larus pacificus

Kelp Gull

Larus dominicanus

Little Tern

Sternula albifrons

Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia

Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias hybrida

White-winged Black Tern

Chlidonias leucopterus

White-fronted Tern

Sterna striata

Common Tern

Sterna hirundo

Crested Tern

Thalasseus bergii

Little Penguin

Eudyptula minor

Fluttering Shearwater

Puffinus gavia

Australian Pelican

Pelecanus conspicillatus

Nankeen Night-Heron

Nycticorax caledonicus

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

White-necked Heron

Ardea pacifica

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Intermediate Egret

Ardea intermedia

White-faced Heron

Egretta novaehollandiae

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

Australian White Ibis

Threskiornis moluccus

Straw-necked Ibis

Threskiornis spinicollis

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Platalea flavipes

Royal Spoonbill

Platalea regia

Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus

Australasian Gannet

Morus serrator

Little Pied Cormorant

Microcarbo melanoleucos

Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

Little Black Cormorant

Phalacrocorax sulcirostris

Black-faced Cormorant

Phalacrocorax fuscescens

Pied Cormorant

Phalacrocorax varius

Australasian Darter

Anhinga novaehollandiae

Black-shouldered Kite

Elanus axillaris

Little Eagle

Hieraaetus morphnoides

Grey Goshawk

Accipiter novaehollandiae

Brown Goshawk

Accipiter fasciatus

Collared Sparrowhawk

Accipiter cirrocephalus

Whistling Kite

Haliastur sphenurus

Black Kite

Milvus migrans

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

Southern Boobook

Ninox boobook

Rainbow Bee-eater

Merops ornatus

Sacred Kingfisher

Todiramphus sanctus

Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

Nankeen Kestrel

Falco cenchroides

Australian Hobby

Falco longipennis

Brown Falcon

Falco berigora

Black Falcon

Falco subniger

Galah

Eolophus roseicapilla

Long-billed Corella

Cacatua tenuirostris

Little Corella

Cacatua sanguinea

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita

Australian King-Parrot

Alisterus scapularis

Red-rumped Parrot

Psephotus haematonotus

Crimson Rosella

Platycercus elegans

Eastern Rosella

Platycercus eximius

Blue-winged Parrot

Neophema chrysostoma

Musk Lorikeet

Glossopsitta concinna

Little Lorikeet

Glossopsitta pusilla

Rainbow Lorikeet

Trichoglossus moluccanus

Superb Lyrebird

Menura novaehollandiae

Satin Bowerbird

Ptilonorhynchus violaceus

White-throated Treecreeper

Cormobates leucophaea

Red-browed Treecreeper

Climacteris erythrops

Brown Treecreeper

Climacteris picumnus

Superb Fairy-wren

Malurus cyaneus

Scarlet Honeyeater

Myzomela sanguinolenta

Crescent Honeyeater

Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus

New Holland Honeyeater

Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

White-eared Honeyeater

Nesoptilotis leucotis

Black-chinned Honeyeater

Melithreptus gularis

Brown-headed Honeyeater

Melithreptus brevirostris

White-naped Honeyeater

Melithreptus lunatus

Eastern Spinebill

Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

White-fronted Chat

Epthianura albifrons

Lewin's Honeyeater

Meliphaga lewinii

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Acanthagenys rufogularis

Western Wattlebird

Anthochaera lunulata

Little Wattlebird

Anthochaera chrysoptera

Red Wattlebird

Anthochaera carunculata

Singing Honeyeater

Gavicalis virescens

White-plumed Honeyeater

Ptilotula penicillata

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Caligavis chrysops

Bell Miner

Manorina melanophrys

Noisy Miner

Manorina melanocephala

Spotted Pardalote

Pardalotus punctatus

Striated Pardalote

Pardalotus striatus

Brown Gerygone

Gerygone mouki

Weebill

Smicrornis brevirostris

Pilotbird

Pycnoptilus floccosus

Speckled Warbler

Pyrrholaemus sagittatus

Chestnut-rumped Heathwren

Calamanthus pyrrhopygius

Striated Fieldwren

Calamanthus fuliginosus

White-browed Scrubwren

Sericornis frontalis

Large-billed Scrubwren

Sericornis magnirostra

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Acanthiza chrysorrhoa

Yellow Thornbill

Acanthiza nana

Striated Thornbill

Acanthiza lineata

Brown Thornbill

Acanthiza pusilla

Buff-rumped Thornbill

Acanthiza reguloides

Varied Sittella

Daphoenositta chrysoptera

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina novaehollandiae

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina papuensis

White-winged Triller

Lalage tricolor

Rufous Whistler

Pachycephala rufiventris

Golden Whistler

Pachycephala pectoralis

Grey Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla harmonica

Eastern Whipbird

Psophodes olivaceus

Olive-backed Oriole

Oriolus sagittatus

Pied Currawong

Strepera graculina

Grey Currawong

Strepera versicolor

Australian Magpie

Gymnorhina tibicen

Pied Butcherbird

Cracticus nigrogularis

Grey Butcherbird

Cracticus torquatus

Masked Woodswallow

Artamus personatus

White-browed Woodswallow

Artamus superciliosus

Dusky Woodswallow

Artamus cyanopterus

Willie Wagtail

Rhipidura leucophrys

Rufous Fantail

Rhipidura rufifrons

Grey Fantail

Rhipidura fuliginosa

Little Raven

Corvus mellori

Australian Raven

Corvus coronoides

Leaden Flycatcher

Myiagra rubecula

Satin Flycatcher

Myiagra cyanoleuca

Restless Flycatcher

Myiagra inquieta

Magpie-lark

Grallina cyanoleuca

White-winged Chough

Corcorax melanorhamphos

Rose Robin

Petroica rosea

Pink Robin

Petroica rodinogaster

Flame Robin

Petroica phoenicea

Scarlet Robin

Petroica multicolor

Red-capped Robin

Petroica goodenovii

Jacky Winter

Microeca fascinans

Eastern Yellow Robin

Eopsaltria australis

Mistletoebird

Dicaeum hirundinaceum

Red-browed Finch

Neochmia temporalis

Zebra Finch

Taeniopygia guttata

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Passer montanus

Australasian Pipit

Anthus novaeseelandiae

Common Greenfinch

Chloris chloris

European Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis

Horsfield's Bushlark

Mirafra javanica

Eurasian Skylark

Alauda arvensis

Golden-headed Cisticola

Cisticola exilis

Brown Songlark

Cincloramphus cruralis

Rufous Songlark

Cincloramphus mathewsi

Little Grassbird

Poodytes gramineus

Australian Reed-Warbler

Acrocephalus australis

Fairy Martin

Petrochelidon ariel

Tree Martin

Petrochelidon nigricans

Welcome Swallow

Hirundo neoxena

Silvereye

Zosterops lateralis

Common Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Common Myna

Acridotheres tristis

Bassian Thrush

Zoothera lunulata

Song Thrush

Turdus philomelos

Common Blackbird

Turdus merula

What clothing/footwear do you recommend?

Sturdy walking boots are recommended however sneakers should be ok.

What is your cancellation policy?

Tours cancelled within 7 days of tour result in 50% loss of tour cost

Tours cancelled within 48 hours of tour result in 100%loss of tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK

Can you cater for special diets?

Yes, absolutely, let us know which diet you prefer and we will provide the appropriate meals.

How much hiking is involved?

Our tour is not too strenuous. Much of the birding takes place near or from the vehicle. Our longest hikes are approximately 2km (1.25 miles) and we will travel at your pace.

Cancellation Policy

Tours cancelled within 7 days of tour result in 50% loss of tour cost

Tours cancelled within 48 hours of tour result in 100%loss of tour cost

TOUR ROUTES MAY BE ALTERED ON DAYS OF HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK