12 Sep 2022

Are you an avid twitcher? We have the list for you!

Below are just some of the spots you may want to check out while on the Eyre Peninsula, if birds are your thing.

  • Lake Gilles, Kimba

Stop by Lake Gilles, a 35-minute drive from Kimba, and spot some unusual birds! The Rufous Treecreeper and the Quail Thrush can both be found here, where you’ll also find some beautiful scenery. Kimba will provide you with all the supplies you need.

  • Southern Eyre Peninsula and the West Coast

There are lots of birds to spot here of course – but if you’re lucky you might see an endangered Eastern Osprey! These birds are endangered due to the low and declining numbers of breeding pairs in the state, with artificial nests now installed at some locations. Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay and Streaky Bay are areas you can try!

  • Mount Ive Station, Gawler Ranges National Park

Not only does Mount Ive Station offer a range of accommodation for birdwatchers, but you’ll find birds the moment you walk out the door. Short Tailed Grasswrens and Major Mitchell Cockatoos included! Visit the Station’s website for more information on the location.

  • Eyre Peninsula’s epic coastline

Yep, the coastline in general – September to March is a great time for migratory shore birds, like Red-necked Stints and Ruddy Turnstones.

  • The Coffin Bay and Lincoln National Parks

Beautiful areas to explore in their own right, you can also find Southern Emu Wrens and Western Whit Birds in the national parks. These elusive birds are pretty hard to find, so you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled.

For those of you who like birdwatching but would like a helping hand getting around the region, or an extra set of eyes to spot with, Australian Coastal Safaris offer tours for twitchers with your very own guide.

The Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre also has a list of birdwatching sites in the area.

And you can visit the Birds of Eyre Peninsula page on Facebook, for tips and advice from some friendly locals!

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