Flying into Singapore Sunday on approach to Runway 02 L, looking down at the coast of Indonesia and there are at least 10 jack-up rigs sitting idle and oil is heading south again under $40 a barrel. Maybe they could be used for drilling for coconut oil as coconut is now a super food... anyway we can't complain, petrol is under a dollar in Adelaide.
Are you coming to Adelaide and looking for a relaxed look at some Australian birds. Adelaide has a wide diversity of habitats and a broad richness of bird species within close range of the city.
There are birds of coastal, estuarine, dry sclerophyll forest, woodland, freshwater and heathland habitats close the city and not far away the birds of the arid mallee woodlands, bluebush and saltbush steppe, gibber, sand hills, dry lakes and ancient geological landforms of the outback.
TB&E Bird Tours is based in Adelaide will be providing day or half day tours by comfortable four wheel drive vehicle through to longer trips where desired. We can even go by mountain bike close to the city or travel to places where we can explore on two wheels.
All tours will be guided by the author of the Top Birds & Everyfing blog who has been birding in Australia, and other parts of the world for over thirty years.
Each day can be adapted to suit the client’s preferences. Pick-up time at your accommodation to suit but the expectation is an early departure and a late return for a full days birding… or any hours you have available if you don’t have a full day. Home made morning tea, lunch and afternoon teas served under a gum tree… bush flies are free!
Here are a couple of examples of short tours…
ADELAIDE HILLS & RIVER MURRAY
Over the Adelaide Hills with a walk around the wetlands at Mount Barker. Heading south into a small conservation park that has a pleasant grassland and woodland interface. Next stop is where the River Murray ends its long journey the sea.
After lunch we head along the northern side of Lake Alexandrina to various spots and then inland to Ferries - McDonald Conservation Park for Mallee and scrubland.
There is about 200 km of driving for the day with easy walking along formed tracks. It’s a scenic drive with good views over some classical types of Australian landscapes. There are lots of birds, wineries (stops can be made there if required for tasting and wine purchase) and small towns.
BROOKFIELD CONSERVATION PARK
One of the great features of Adelaide is it’s proximity to the arid interior. For bird watchers that would like to see some Australian endemic species that live in the remaining mallee lands of inland Australia. 130 km of driving north of Adelaide on good open roads will take us to Brookfield Conservation Park. This park named after the Chicago Zoological Society, USA. There is open mallee woodland with areas of saltbush and bluebush.
There are a number of vehicle tracks that we travel along with good views of the mallee woodland and open plains as well. Finishing off with a short drive to view the birds on the River Murray at the Blanchtown Weir.
In the meantime until the tours are officially launched come and enjoy a day out for free and see what you think.