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The Kimberley – a bird watching paradise

Twitch twitch, twitch twitch…..

Cruising along the Kimberley coast you cannot help but sit back and take notice of nature; the rustle of the trees, the lapping of the waves and the song of the many birds that call the Kimberley home. Pure serenity…

For some, bird watching is a serious quest to sight that particular bird found only here in the Kimberley. Some see this as a challenge and for others it is just the thrill when they finally do catch a glimpse of that bird yet to be ticked off the list!!!

There are indeed numerous activities to enjoy in the Kimberley and bird watching is certainly popular. Needing just a pair of binoculars you can twitch anywhere at anytime on your travels.

Below are some of the species you may find on your Kimberley adventures…binoculars poised, let’s twitch…

Brown Quail
Magpie Goose
Plumed Whistle Duck
Wandering Whistling Duck
Black Swan
Australian Shelduck
Pacific Black Duck
Grey Teal
Garganey
Pink-eared Duck
Hardhead
Australasian Grebe
Australian Pelican
White-faced Heron
Little Egret
Eastern Reef Egret
White-necked Heron
Great-billed heron
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Cattle Egret
Striated Heron
Nankeen-night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Black-necked Stork
Black-shouldered Kite
Black-Breasted Buzzard
Square-tailed Kite
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
Brahminy Kite
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Swamp Harrier
Brown Goshawk
Grey Goshawk
Collared Sparrowhawk
Wedgetailed Eagle
Little Eagle
Brown Falcon
Australian Hobby
Grey Falcon
Black Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Brolga
Buff-banded Rail
Baillon’s Crake
Spotless Crake
Australian Spotted Crake
White-Browed Crake
Chestnut Rail
Purple Swamphen
Black-tailed Native-hen
Eurasian Coot
Australian Bustard
Swinhoe’s Snipe
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-Tailed Godwit
Little Curlew
Whimbrel
Eastern Curlew
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Wood Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Grey-tailed Tatler
Red Knot
Red-necked Stint
Long-toed Stint
Pectoral Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Ruff
Black-winged Stilt
Red-necked Avocet
Pacific Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Little-ringed Plover
Red-capped Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Oriental Plover
Black-fronted Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel
Masked Lapwing
Oriental Pratincole
Australian Pratincole
Silver Gull
Gull-billed tern
Caspian Tern
Whiskered Tern
White-winged Tern
Rufous Songlark
Brown Songlark
Yellow White eye
Rose-crowned Fruit Pigeon
Common Bronzewing
Flock Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Diamond Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Galah
Little Corella
Cockatiel
Rainbow Lorikeet
Varied Lorikeet
Red-winged Parrot
Budgerigar Oriental Cuckoo
Pallid Cuckoo
Brush Cuckoo
Black-eared Cuckoo
Horsefield Bronze Cuckoo
Little Bronze Cuckoo
Common Koel
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Pheasant Coucal
Southern Boobook
Barn Owl
Tawny Frogmouth
Fork-tailed swift
Blue winged Kookaburra
Red-backed Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
Dollarbird
Variegated Fairy Wren
Red-backed Fairy Wren
Red-browed Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Weebill
Dusky Gerygone
Mangrove Gerygone
White-throated Gerygone
Silver-crowned Friar Bird
Little Friar Bird
Yellow-throated Miner
Singing Honeyeater
White-gaped honeyeater
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Black-chinned Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Bar-breasted Honeyeater
Rufous-throated Honeyeater
Banded Honeyeater
Red-headed Honeyeater
Crimson Chat
Yellow Chat
Jacky Winter
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
Mangrove Robin
Grey-crowned Babbler
Varied Sittella
Mangrove Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
White-breasted Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Broad-billed Flycatcher
Leaden Flycatcher
Shining Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher
Magpie-lark
Mangrove Fantail
Northern Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
White-winged Triller
Olive-backed Oriole
White-breasted Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow
Little Woodswallow
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Torresian Crow
Great Bowerbird
Singing Bushlark
Richard’s Pipit
Yellow wagtail
Black-backed wagtail
Zebra Finch
Double-barred Finch
Long-tailed Finch
Star Finch
Mistletoebird
Barn Swallow
Welcome Swallow
Tree Martin
Fairy Martin
Clamorous Reed-warbler
Little Grassbird
Golden-headed Cisticola
Source: Derby Visitor Centre

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