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Report on Beginners Birdwatching Walk at Callum Brae October 2022

On the 23rd of October, we embarked on our first beginner-friendly birdwatching walk in Callum Brae.

There were a dozen of us who went on that walk, and although we were met with sodden tracks and consistent rainfall, we are happy to have spotted 21 different species of birds. 120 birds to be exact.

The standout for the morning was watching a pair of Gang-Gang Cockatoos exploring a low tree hollow, However, we weren’t able to spot smaller birds.

We also enjoyed learning about the new bird call-identifying app called BirdNET.

The list was placed on the Ebird database and shared with our participants. You can see the full list below:


Bird SpeciesScientific Name# Observed
Noisy MinerManorina melanocephala16
Australian White IbisThreskiornis molucca12
Sulphur-crested CockatooCacatua galerita12
GalahEolophus roseicapilla10
Little CorellaCacatua sanguinea10
Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus moluccanus8
Pied CurrawongStrepera graculina8
White-winged ChoughCorcorax melanorhamphos7
Crimson RosellaPlatycercus elegans6
Eastern RosellaPlatycercus eximius6
Australian MagpieGymnorhina tibicen6
Striated PardalotePardalotus striatus4
Australian Wood DuckChenonetta jubata3
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa2
Laughing KookaburraDacelo novaeguineae2
Gang-gang CockatooCallocephalon fimbriatum2
Magpie-larkGrallina cyanoleuca2
White-faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiae1
Noisy FriarbirdPhilemon corniculatus1
Gray ButcherbirdCracticus torquatus1
Australian RavenCorvus coronoides 1


This checklist is also available on eBird:

It just goes to show that rain or shine, birds are always around us. Especially if you know where to go to spot them. We really enjoyed this Beginners Birdwatching Walk at Callum Brae and we hope you join us for the next one.

The Leading Birding Tours in Australia | Neil Hermes: Our Ornithologist

A scientist by background, and a keen Ornithologist. Neil has lived in Canberra for over 50 years and has decades of experience in the tourism industry. He has turned his talents to guiding guests around Canberra which he called home for most of his life.

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