East of Melbourne in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range are towering forests of Mountain Ash, the world’s tallest hardwood tree. These stunningly beautiful forests are home to one of Australia’s most remarkable birds, the Superb Lyrebird.
A morning spent here is usually enough time to find this species, as well as a nice range of other wet forest birds. Regularly seen are Rose Robin, Rufous Fantail, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Australian King Parrot, Red-browed and White-throated Treecreeper, Eastern Whipbird, Crescent Honeyeater, Lewins Honeyeater, Brown Gerygone, Striated Thornbill and Crested Shrike-tit amongst a range of other possibilities.
Driving through the leafy Melbourne suburbs on the way may produce a variety of Parrots such as Rainbow and Musk Lorikeets, Long-billed and Little Corellas and perhaps a roosting Tawny Frogmouth. The freeway past Melbourne’s CBD allows an easy drive through to the west and spend the afternoon at Werribee’s Western Treatment Plant where the birding pace will rise to another level with easier viewing in the wetlands and open country.
Firetail Birdwatching Tours with guide Simon Starr is Victoria’s longest running specialist guided bird-watching company with most tours starting and finishing in Melbourne.
Firetail Birdwatching Tours offer a wide variety of guided birdwatching, bird photography and general nature tours throughout the year across Melbourne, Victoria and South-Eastern Australia. Transport in a comfortable four wheel drive vehicle. Use of a Swarovski ATX95 telescope. Local knowledge gained after 25 years of exploring this region. Checklists provided. Drinks and snacks provided
For every tour Simon takes into account the widely varying conditions that occur here in Australia as well as catering to individual interests, to maximize sightings and give you the best experience possible.
Victoria is Australia’s smallest mainland state but one of its best kept secrets, where it is possible to visit all of South East Australia’s important habitats within just a few hours driving with 400 species recorded annually. Their website Birding Victoria includes a huge amount of information on birding sites plus links and resources. Last year's Annual 10 day Megatour run every November recorded 283 species.
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