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Outback Birds!

Kilcowera - Best place in the Outback for birdwatching!

Mulga-Parrot-At-Kilcowera-Station

Birdwatching is a popular pastime for the avid birdos, and the more laid back, new to the game birdwatcher. All you need is a pair of binoculars and a bird book and your off and running. Look out though it can be addictive! The Outback of Australia has some very special birds that you won't find anywhere else and even if you, do their colours won't be nearly as vibrant as the western birds.

Have you ever been sitting quietly by a peaceful waterhole only to be disrupted by thousands of Budgerigars coming in to drink? It's a spectacular site! Or heard the squawking of the beautiful Major Mitchell parrots as they fly overhead? My interest in birds was kindled when I saw this tiny little flash of blue fly in front of me while riding my motor bike. Back then I didn't have a bird book and apps weren't invented, matter of fact mobiles only worked in the cities. I eventually found out it was a Splendid Fairy Wren – just the most gorgeous little bird. Legs on it like tooth picks!

Who would have thought there was so much to learn about birds? We've now identified around 180 species on Kilcowera and Zenonie. Some are here all the time others come and go with the seasons and still others are only very occasional visitors. We've got everything from Pelicans to Chats to Babblers, Curlews, Harriers, Buzzards and Pardalotes and everything in between.

Getting into birdwatching can really add another dimension to your outback travels but be warned it can slow you down somewhat! Instead of smelling the roses you'll be sniffing out the birds.

Chestnut Breasted Quail Thrush feeding young at Kilcowera Station, Outback Australia.