Bird Watching in South Australia

South East SA

 

South Australia's south east region receives the state's highest annual rainfall.  A huge variety of bird species can be found throughout the area.  The wetlands in the south are gathering places for waterbirds and migratory waders.  The Coorong and Bool Lagoon are excellent regions to observe waders.  The native forests of the south-east are thick with foliage and contain some unique species, while the coastal areas are unspoilt and rugged.  Inland is Ngarkat National Park which is a remote untouched wilderness region.  

 

Bool Lagoon Game Reserve

Naracoorte Caves Conservation Park

Coorong National Park

Canunda National Park

Ngarkat National Park

 

    Bool Lagoon Game Reserve

South-east of Naracoorte, Bool Lagoon is one of the best wetland reserves in South Australia. During the summer months, there are huge flocks of migrating waders, but at any time of the year there are birds to watch out for in the water and the surrounding woodlands. There is a camping area, so that you can fully appreciate the dawn and dusk chorus. Watch closely at night for bats, which stream across the sky from their roosts in the Naracoorte limestone caves. A full species list is available from the information office in the reserve. 

Brolga

Swamp Harrier

Australian Hobby

Barn Owl

Peregrine Falcon

Cape Barren Goose

Magpie Goose

Musk Duck

Whiskered Tern

Black-tailed Godwit

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Golden-headed Cisticola

Clamorous Reed Warbler

Little Grassbird

Black-tailed Native-hen

Pied Stilt

Banded Lapwing

Red-necked Avocet

White-fronted Chat

Red-browed Firetail

Flame Robin

Crescent Honeyeater

Little Wattlebird

Forest Raven

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    Naracoorte Caves Conservation Park

The Naracoorte Caves are a series of decorated limestone caves which are open to the public.  It is a popular place for tourists to the south-east region offering cave tours for all levels of fitness.  Some of these caves are home to millions of bats which stream out after dark to feed overnight.  The bushland surrounding the caves is an excellent bird watching location.  There are camping sites, an information centre, and a number of walking trails to make exploring this region easy and enjoyable.

Australian Kestrel

Brown Falcon

Sacred Kingfisher

Crimson Rosella

Eastern Rosella

Red-Rumped Parrot

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Crested Shriketit

Restless Flycatcher

Eastern Yellow Robin

Brown Treecreeper

Black-chinned Honeyeater

White-eared Honeyeater

Eastern Spinebill

Dusky Woodswallow

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    Coorong National Park

Thousands of waders and migrating birds flock to the waters of the Coorong along the south coast. The whole of the Coorong offers spectacular wild beaches, and opportunities for observing an enormous variety of wading and woodland birds.

Pied Oystercatcher

Sooty Oystercatcher

Hooded Plover

Red-capped Plover

Ruddy Turnstone

Red-necked Avocet

Double-banded Plovers

Greenshank

Sanderling

Black-tailed Godwit

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Buff-banded Rail

Brush Bronzewing

Pallid Cuckoo

Rufous Bristlebird

Malleefowl

Orange-bellied Parrot

Southern Emu-wren

Swamp Harrier

Beautiful Firetail

Flame Robin

Crescent Honeyeater

Little Wattlebird

Forest Raven

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    Canunda National Park

Canunda National Park is situated along the coast between Beachport and Carpenters Rocks in the south-east of the state. It is very popular with fishermen, since the beach fishing is superb. There are limited camping facilities, and many tracks are best travelled using a 4WD vehicle.  It is a remote and peaceful place to spend a few days.

Pacific Gull

Pied Oystercatcher

Singing Honeyeater

Southern Emu-wren

Black-faced Shag

Orange-bellied Parrot

Hooded Plover

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Red-browed Firetail

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    Ngarkat Conservation Park

This remote park is situated near the Victorian border and consists of mostly mallee scrubland. There are patches of taller trees and a couple of reasonable campsites. A day in this park might surprise the birdwatcher, since there are a great many species to be found which are otherwise difficult to find in South Australia. 

Malleefowl

Emu

Striated Grasswren

Red-lored Whistler

Yellow Rosella

Rufous-crowned Emu-wren

Western Whipbird

Regent Parrot

Yellow-throated Miner

Gilbertís Whistler

Mallee Ringneck

Yellow-rumped Pardalote

Crested Bellbird

Mulga Parrot

White-fronted Honeyeater

Southern Scrub-robin

Splendid Fairy-wren

Striped Honeyeater

Chestnut Quail-thrush

Shy Hylacola

Varied Sittella

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    Other Parks in the South East

Other areas in the South East which are rewarding for the bird watcher include:

Mary Seymour Conservation Park

Fairview Conservation Park

Big Heath Conservation Park

Poocher Swamp Game Reserve

Little Dip Conservation Park

Mullinger Swamp Conservation Park

Gum Lagoon Conservation Park

Mount Boothby Conservation Park

Messent Conservation Park

Scorpion Springs Conservation Park

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