Bird Watching

For those willing to take the time, bird watching in the vicinity of the Derby Townsite can be very rewarding. Over 200 species have been observed.

Good birding spots around the townsite are:

  • The mangroves and mudflats of the jetty and boat ramp.
  • The wetlands created by the sewerage outlet south of the town. In 2001 water from the wetland was diverted to the golf course. This has resulted in a reduction of the size of the wetland and it has dried out on occasions. However, the sewage ponds and adjacent area still remain a good place to view many species.
  • The cemetery road along the marsh. and, for bush birds, the Joonjoo Botanical Trail.

Below is a list of birds sighted in these areas over a period of 14 years. Many on the list are migratory species and can only be seen from September to April.

Birding in the West Kimberley
Notable species that occur in the West Kimberley include the Black grasswren (Bachsten Creek are on the Munja Track), the Purple-crowned fairy wren (Mornington Station) , White-quilled rock pigeon and Grey shrike thrush (King Leopold Range) and the Red goshawk among others. The rangers at Bell Gorge/Silent Grove and at Windjana Gorge have bird lists for those areas.

Brown Quail Rose-crowned Fruit Pigeon
Magpie Goose Common Bronzewing
Plumed Whistle Duck Flock Bronzewing
Wandering Whistling Duck Crested Pigeon
Black Swan Peaceful Dove
Australian Shelduck Diamond Dove
Pacific Black Duck Bar-shouldered Dove
Grey Teal Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Garganey Galah
Pink-eared Duck Little Corella
Hardhead Cockatiel
Australasian Grebe Rainbow Lorikeet
Australian Pelican Varied Lorikeet
White-faced Heron Red-winged Parrot
Little Egret Budgerigar Oriental Cuckoo
Eastern Reef Egret Pallid Cuckoo
White-necked Heron Brush Cuckoo
Great-billed heron Black-eared Cuckoo
Great Egret Horsefield Bronze Cuckoo
Intermediate Egret Little Bronze Cuckoo
Cattle Egret Common Koel
Striated Heron Channel-billed Cuckoo
Nankeen-night Heron Pheasant Coucal
Glossy Ibis Southern Boobook
Australian White Ibis Barn Owl
Straw-necked Ibis Tawny Frogmouth
Royal Spoonbill Fork-tailed swift
Yellow-billed Spoonbill Blue winged Kookaburra
Black-necked Stork Red-backed Kingfisher
Black-shouldered Kite Sacred Kingfisher
Black-Breasted Buzzard Collared Kingfisher
Square-tailed Kite Rainbow Bee-eater
Black Kite Dollarbird
Whistling Kite Variegated Fairy Wren
Brahminy Kite Red-backed Fairy Wren
White-bellied Sea Eagle Red-browed Pardalote
Swamp Harrier Striated Pardalote
Brown Goshawk Weebill
Grey Goshawk Dusky Gerygone
Collared Sparrowhawk Mangrove Gerygone
Wedgetailed Eagle White-throated Gerygone
Little Eagle Silver-crowned Friar Bird
Brown Falcon Little Friar Bird
Australian Hobby Yellow-throated Miner
Grey Falcon Singing Honeyeater
Black Falcon White-gaped honeyeater
Peregrine Falcon Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Nankeen Kestrel Black-chinned Honeyeater
Brolga Brown Honeyeater
Buff-banded Rail Bar-breasted Honeyeater
Baillon’s Crake Rufous-throated Honeyeater
Spotless Crake Banded Honeyeater
Australian Spotted Crake Red-headed Honeyeater
White-Browed Crake Crimson Chat
Chestnut Rail Yellow Chat
Purple Swamphen Jacky Winter
Black-tailed Native-hen Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
Eurasian Coot Mangrove Robin
Australian Bustard Grey-crowned Babbler
Swinhoe’s Snipe Varied Sittella
Black-tailed Godwit Mangrove Golden Whistler
Bar-Tailed Godwit Rufous Whistler
Little Curlew White-breasted Whistler
Whimbrel Grey Shrike-thrush
Eastern Curlew Broad-billed Flycatcher
Marsh Sandpiper Leaden Flycatcher
Common Greenshank Shining Flycatcher
Wood Sandpiper Restless Flycatcher
Terek Sandpiper Magpie-lark
Common Sandpiper Mangrove Fantail
Grey-tailed Tatler Northern Fantail
Red Knot Willie Wagtail
Red-necked Stint Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Long-toed Stint White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Pectoral Sandpiper White-winged Triller
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Olive-backed Oriole
Broad-billed Sandpiper White-breasted Woodswallow
Curlew Sandpiper Black-faced Woodswallow
Ruff Masked Woodswallow
Black-winged Stilt Little Woodswallow
Red-necked Avocet Pied Butcherbird
Pacific Golden Plover Australian Magpie
Grey Plover Torresian Crow
Little-ringed Plover Great Bowerbird
Red-capped Plover Singing Bushlark
Lesser Sand Plover Richard’s Pipit
Greater Sand Plover Yellow wagtail
Oriental Plover Black-backed wagtail
Black-fronted Dotterel Zebra Finch
Red-kneed Dotterel Double-barred Finch
Masked Lapwing Long-tailed Finch
Oriental Pratincole Star Finch
Australian Pratincole Mistletoebird
Silver Gull Barn Swallow
Gull-billed tern Welcome Swallow
Caspian Tern Tree Martin
Whiskered Tern Fairy Martin
White-winged Tern Clamorous Reed-warbler
Rufous Songlark Little Grassbird
Brown Songlark Golden-headed Cisticola
Yellow White eye  

For more information and maps on common bird watching areas please call in and see the friendly staff at the Derby Visitor Centre .

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