Bird watchers prepare for O'Reilly's Bird Week

The rufous scrub-bird and the noisy pitta are just two of the rare species enthusiasts will be hoping to catch a glimpse of at the 41st annual O’Reilly’s Bird Week from November 11-17.

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Attracting bird watchers from around the world, it is the longest running avian event in Australia and offers the opportunity to see a vast array of colourful sub-tropical and migratory birds.

Managing director Shane O’Reilly said it was a chance for bird lovers to observe the diverse range of life in south-east Queensland.

He said as well as touring the region’s sub-tropical rainforests such as the world Heritage-listed Lamington National Park, which was home to more than 230 varieties, birders would take guided tours of the Kerry Valley and South Stradbroke Island in search of infrequently spotted species.

Sought after birds that may be encountered include the rare alberts lyrebird, which is not found anywhere else on earth, and the paradise rifle and regent bowerbird.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to mingle with and learn from some of Australia’s most well-known bird researchers, authors and photographers.

Mr O’Reilly said Bird Week was also a great social occasion, with many tourists forming lasting bonds.

“There are some who have been coming for more than 30 years and I mean they love the birds, but I don’t think they keep coming back each year for them,” he said.

“Because they are together for a whole week, it is very much a communal experience and they get to know each other and build friendships.”

He said it was great to see the hobby becoming increasingly popular with young people as well as older generations.

The diverse Bird Week program should appeal to all levels of interest in birding, with three or seven day package options available.

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O’Reilly’s also hosts a Birds of Prey Show daily at 1pm, featuring the resident black kite and kestrel, as well as owls and wedge-tailed eagles.

Amid a glorious natural setting, the sky’s great hunters can be seen up close and in free flight.

Cost is $10,for children, $17.50 for adults and $48 for families.