Southern Australia is becoming one of the world’s top birding destinations being home to over 450 species of birds. As Wings is ideally located to easily access many of the best bird habitat areas we at Wings have developed a close working relationship with “Southern Birding Services”, the premier bird tour company in South Australia.
Peter Waanders, who established Southern Birding Services in 2005 has conducted professional bird guiding trips for numerous satisfied clients and is a fully qualified birding guide with current Senior First Aid certificate and Advanced 4WD certificate.
A day or two guided birding around Adelaide while based at Wings can be very rewarding. Species such as Little Penguin, Hooded Plover, Cape Barren Goose, various parrots and Slender-billed Thornbill are regularly seen along the coast, while the hills contain Adelaide Rosella, Yellow-throated Black Cockatoo, Musk and Purple-Crowned Lorikeet, Scarlet Robin and Southern Emuwren. Along the Murray River rails, crakes and many good waterbirds including Freckled Duck may be found while raptors include Little Eagle, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Spotted Harrier, Square-tailed Kite and Australian Black-shouldered Kite. In summer it is quite possible to exceed 100 species during a full day’s birding; of course, all trips will be tailored to your wishes and paced accordingly. There are many options, starting at half a day or you could choose to do multiple days.
Guided bird tours commencing from your accommodation at Wings can include local conservation parks such as Cromer, Altona, Kaiser Stuhl and the Barossa Goldfields, or further afield and may include river Murray wetlands, the renowned Gluepot reserve or Flinders Ranges and outback. And for those who wish to combine birdwatching with the “Barossa experience” there is even a “Wings & Wine” guided tour which takes in local conservation parks and wine tasting at selected Barossa wineries.
Photos courtesy of SA Birding Services.