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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Saturday 19th September - Wednesday 7th October 2015

Simon Mitchell

Lilac-crowned Fairywren (Simon Mitchell).

Lilac-crowned Fairywren (Simon Mitchell).

Once you’ve visited Australia it becomes a mystery as to why the region does not appear at the very top of many ‘most-wanted’ birding destinations for more birders. Perhaps, since there is little crossover with Palearctic and Nearctic species it’s avifauna remains ‘off the radar’ of many European and American birders. However, for the sheer variety of habitats, climates, genera and different types of birding the Western Australian trip matches anything in even the most diverse parts of South America, Africa and Asia have to offer. This year’s tour again exemplified that, as we found ourselves birding seashores, dry forests, monsoon forests, desert out-back and warm tropical islands, all within the space of 3 weeks!

The local form of White-tailed Tropicbird on Christmas Island, the Golden Bosunbird, is a glorious sight! (Simon Mitchell).

The local form of White-tailed Tropicbird on Christmas Island, the Golden Bosunbird, is a glorious sight! (Simon Mitchell).