Birdwatching

The Outback supports an array of birdlife.

Bustards, brolgas and emus wander the plains, wedge-tailed eagles soar on thermals, while around the billabongs corellas and galahs keep up a constant cacophony in the trees, fairy-wrens dart through the undergrowth, and flocks of luminescent green and gold budgerigars descend for a quick drink and to escape the heat.

The wet season signals fantastic birdwatching opportunities at many inland waterways, full to brimming after long periods of dry. The Outback offers temporary refuge for many migratory birds heading north, heading south.

In the Outback, birds and the weather go hand-in-hand. There’s not a conversation goes by in which an old bushie doesn’t mention the weather, and, it’s interesting to know some of the old bushmen’s tricks for predicting it. For instance, if you see a lot of emu chicks on the ground, or see big numbers of red-tailed black cockatoos you can predict a good season ahead, or so they say. Arm yourself with a good birding guide book, polish up the binoculars and head off in the early morning or the late afternoon when the birds are most active. Need help getting started? Visit
www.birdsaustralia.com.au or ring the local Visitor Information Centre.