Perth Birds and Bush are developing a range of guided walks to meet demand from those with less time, who are on a budget or are concerned about travelling in a tour vehicle during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please enquire by email if you like the sound of a tour but the advertised date does not suit your group.
The maximum group size for these walks is 6 to ensure everyone receives a quality and relaxed experience. Bookings are essential and close two days prior to the walk. Walks commence at 7:30 am in Summer and 8:00 am in the cooler months. They usually last 2.5 to 4 hours.
Local professional Birdwatching Tour Guide Robyn Pickering will show you the birds at a variety of locations within 50km of Perth. We will spend 3 to 4 hours birdwatching and then finish with a cuppa and chat. Cost is $30 per person.
There will be a maximum of 6 people on these guided walks so it is perfect for beginners. Each walk starts at 7.30 am and we meet at the location. Full details of the meeting place is sent once you book on the walk.
2021 Guided Walks:
Sunday 17 January: Kogolup Lake in Beeliar Regional Park (City of Cockburn) is a great spot to see a variety of bush birds and water birds. This will be largely a general birdwatching walk but we will also be doing a survey for the International Waterbird Census. Kogolup Lake is a great spot for birds of prey and some less common birds like Varied Sitella, crakes, and Buff-banded Rail may be seen. Southwest endemic species like Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot and Western Wattlebird are possible here. Buy tickets
Friday 5 February: Alfred Cove is located in the City of Melville on the Swan River. It is one the the best places close to the city to see migratory waders, a variety of fresh water and salt water birds and some bush birds too. Many of the migratory waders will be returning to the northern hemisphere in the next few months and it will be an ideal time to look for these before they return. Some interesting birds that are often present at this time of the year include: Buff-banded Rail, Grey Plover, Red-capped Plover, Great Knot, Red Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Greenshank, and Red-necked Stint. Sometimes Pacific Golden Plover, Terek Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit have been seen here. If time permits we may also visit Point Walter. Buy tickets
Friday 5 March: Len Howard Conservation Park in the Peel Inlet (City of Mandurah). We will be looking for bush birds and water birds. Len Howard Conservation Park is a bit of a hidden gem for bird watching in Mandurah. Often a few unusual birds turn up here over summer. It will be one of the last chances to see migratory waders before they return to the northern hemisphere and we often see Regent Parrot at this location. Some of the birds we may see include: Chestnut Teal, Banded Stilt, Red-necked Avocet, Whimbrel, Eastern Curlew, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, and Regent Parrot. Buy tickets
Friday 9 April: Korung National Park in Carmel (City of Kalamunda). This site is brilliant for many of the south west endemic species that are in the Perth area. We will do quite a long walk here up and down a hill on an unsealed path so you will need an average level of fitness. Birds possible include: Square-tailed Kite, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Red-capped parrot, Red-winged fairy-wren, Western Wattlebird, Western Spinebill, Gilbert’s Honeyeater, Western Whistler, White-breasted Robin, Western Yellow Robin and Red-eared Firetail. Buy Tickets