Bird Watching

Phillip Island and mainland Bass Coast are a haven for bird watching

Greet migratory mutton birds on their journey from Alaska, see rare wading birds and feed excitable pelicans on Phillip Island.

Migrating mutton birds

Head to Cape Woolamai’s main car park to witness the spectacle of over a million short-tailed shearwaters (mutton birds) returning to their colony en masse at sunset. The birds fly 8,000 kilometres annually from the Alaskan Aleutian Islands to Phillip Island, and between late September and late April you can see them return to their burrows after a day out fishing.
Real birds at Rhyll

Spot all kids of migratory wading birds from Rhyll Inlet and wetlands. Royal spoonbills, straw-necked ibis, swans, little pied cormorants and the rare hooded plover visit annually to feed and breed. Follow the boardwalk to the lookout or the Oswin Roberts Walking Track to reach rewarding bird-watching areas. Keep a lookout on your travels for the pink legs and yellow beaks of the Cape Barren Geeese, which live on the many offshore islands.

The pelicans can
Don’t miss the opportunity to watch the pelican feeding that takes place daily at midday on the beach at San Remo. Enjoy seeing the wild birds squabble, sway their beaks and dance in unison.

This map has been created to provide an introduction to the many viewing areas and information about bird species in the region.

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