Because it was a long tour (I was in Australia for 3-4 weeks), I'll include a few more photos here just for kicks. For starters, here's the massive Powerful Owl, the largest owl species in Australia:
Some of the pigeons are pretty crazy down there. The Crested Pigeon is surely one of the more distinct ones:
It was on this tour that I saw my 2nd ever species of penguin. Little Penguins can be found after dark in Melbourne:
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos are always stunners:
Australia has a ton of honeyeaters (the most diverse family of songbirds there). One of them, the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, is actually a pretty sharp-looking bird:
And of course you have Emus walking around some places. Nothing to see here, just a 80-90 lb flightless bird:
The Pink Cockatoo was definitely a highlight; what a stunning bird:
Personally, I really enjoyed finally seeing the Rock Parrot, a coastal specialty of southwestern Australia:
What IS this creature??? An owl? Nightjar?
This is an Australian Owlet-nightjar and it was the best look I've ever had, hands down. Bizarre critter.
Australia is huge. It has such a wide range of regions, habitats, and environments. From lush rainforests to some of the driest, most-desolate desert I've ever seen. Here's the view of a moonscape as we approached Alice Springs:
All for now.