Day 1 You will be picked up at you city hotel at 5 am (later pickup times available) and we will travel 3 hours north of Melbourne to Chiltern – Mt Pilot National Park stopping on the way for breakfast. As soon as we arrive the birding will begin. The day will include birding along many of the tracks that intersect the park to maximise the number of species seen. We will also take the time to sit at various waterholes to see which species come in for a drink. A picnic lunch will be had in the park with the birds.
Dinner will be had at a local Pub. The nearby area is a wine-growing region so there will be plenty of local wines available to have with your meal.
Dinner will be followed by some spotlighting to search for some of the areas nocturnal species. Species we may see include Tawny Frogmouth, Boobook Owl, Barking Owl, Barn Owl and Australian Owlet-nightjar.
You will then settle into your accommodation at the local motel.
We will head out into the park early to experience the dawn chorus This is an experience you will never forget as the forests’ birds wake up and call at once, a combined sound that would rival the worlds best orchestras.
Following a hearty breakfast, we will head back into the park to search new areas. We will walk at several sites and continue birding until lunch at the local bakery. We will also visit the local wetlands to add to our list.
At 3 pm we will head back to Melbourne to arrive by 6.30pm