Northern Coast and Inland
The North coast of KI, the central plateau and the Cygnet River valley have a diverse range of habitats and vegetation types and for this reason are home to a large range of birds.
Duck Lagoon is an excellent spot for waterfowl including at times Freckled Duck. Other waterbirds often seen there are ibis, herons, spoonbills, egrets and some waders. The large eucalypts in the area attract a number of species of parrots, cockatoos, honeyeaters and other bushland birds.
Crimson Rosellas can often be seen in the large eucalypts and casuarinas of the central plateau. Pine plantations on KI are often home to large flocks of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. Always look for eucalypts in flower as these at times attract a number of honeyeater species.
In the Stokes’ Bay area, Lathami Conservation Park is a feeding and breeding area for Glossy Black-Cockatoo. The Stokes’ Bay Bush Garden is a great spot for honeyeaters and other bush birds. At Stokes’ Bay a number of species of seabirds can be seen as well as Hooded Plovers on the beach. Osprey and sea-eagles are regularly seen hunting along the coast. In the adjoining open grassland European Goldfinches and White-fronted Chats are sometimes seen.
Birds of prey that can be seen include eagles, falcons, hobbys, Swamp Harriers, goshawks, kestrels and kites. These are potential sightings throughout the area.
The casuarinas around the Cape Borda lighthouse picnic ground are a reliable spot to see Beautiful Firetails.