Kingscote, Bay of Shoals and Emu Bay
Kingscote and its surrounding area is a great birding spot. Along the town’s foreshore Black Swans, White-faced Herons, White Ibis, Pelicans and oystercatchers are abundant. Common bush birds include New Holland Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebirds, Superb Fairy-wrens and thornbills, both the Striated Thornbill and the Brown Thornbill, the only two species on the island. In spring you can see the Purple-crowned Lorikeets nesting in the hollows of the cross-bars of the power poles.
The bird hide at Reeves Point is a must, particularly when the tide is high. You can commonly see hundreds of Black-faced Cormorants, Pied Cormorants, Sooty and Pied Oystercatchers, Crested Terns and Chestnut Teal. In winter it is common to see Musk Duck, and in the summer months you may see waders including Greenshanks, spoonbills and Whimbrels.
Further around Shoal Bay at the boat ramp you are likely to see an Eastern Osprey flying over head and a White-bellied Sea-Eagle if you are lucky. Nankeen Kestrels and Black Shouldered Kites are also common.
At night you can hear the Little Penguins calling on the coast and the Bush-stone Curlews and Boobook Owls calling on the edge of town.
Nearby Emu Bay is great for Hooded Plovers, oystercatchers and other shorebirds.