Sandhill Grasswren- 3 day fully accommodated trips
A 3 day expedition beginning in Alice Springs to see one of Australia's newest and most desirable birds: the Sandhill Grasswren.
Since being split by bird taxonomists from the Striated Grasswren in 2013 the Sandhill Grasswren Amytornis oweni has been top of many a birder's wish-list. I am lucky to be one of the few birders in Australia who is familiar with this bird having been fortunate to encounter the species many times at several locations across its range. Now into their second year, to date my Sandhill Grasswren trips have had a 100% success rate in seeing this species with many happy birders now having had close encounters with this beautiful desert endemic.
I have breeding locations of this bird within a day's drive of Alice Springs with indoor accommodation reasonably nearby (A rare thing in the Great Victoria Desert!). To control disturbance to these birds I will not be making their location public- please respect that no details of accommodation venues or routes will be given in advance.
Of course we see a lot more than just this Grasswren! Other species regularly seen on these trips include; Inland Dotterel, Banded Whiteface, Cinnamon Quailthrush, Pied, White-fronted and Black Honeyeater, Slaty-backed Thornbill, Grey Honeyeater and Chiming Wedgebill.
Day One- Depart Alice Springs. Drive with stops at a couple of good general birding spots on-route. We arrive at the first Sandhill Grasswren location late afternoon. Bird hard until sunset then travel to our accommodation.
Day Two- Depart accommodation pre-dawn to get into position in prime Sandhill Grasswren habitat at dawn. Bird until lunchtime. Between noon and 3pm is normally 'down time' for our bird so take the chance to review your photos or relax. Grasswrening begins again at 3pm and continues until dusk.
Day Three- Once again we depart accommodation pre-dawn to get into position in prime Sandhill Grasswren habitat at dawn. We can keep birding into mid morning, then its time to hit the road back to Alice Springs with an estimated time of arrival c.5pm.
Note: Photography special tours are adapted to suit photographers needs- if taking jaw-dropping bird photos is your thing this is the trip for you!
2018 Tour Dates
3rd-5th August* Grasswren Photography Special*
Dates don't suit? Have a look at the "Birds of the Red Centre" 6 day tour which now includes Sandhill Grasswren or get in touch below to arrange a private trip!