Birds on the Cooper including Pelicans and Cormorants
Photo: Robert Whyte


Birdwatchers have recorded up to 200 species of birds at Cooper Creek. There are always birds around the Dig Tree but when the big rains come and water flows into Lake Eyre, the Cooper is a bird highway.

There are many bird diaries from visitors to the Dig Tree:

  • King shot two crows Corvus orru for food on his way to see if Wills had survived.
  • Down on Cooper Creek, the wildlife greeted the dawn with a little more enthusiasm. Pairs of Little Corellas Cacatua sanguinea noisily checked out of their nests for the day and Whistling Kites Haliastur sphenurus prowled the skies above flotillas of Pelicans Pelecanus conspicillatus intent on an early catch.
  • Rainbow Bee-eaters Merops ornatus flitted across the water.
  • There are Hawks, Budgies, Willy Wagtails, Pacific Herons, Little Pied Cormorants, Spoonbills, Swallows, Ducks, Pelicans and more. It is an amazing sight at sunset when the birds all seem to be flying home to their overnight homes.
  • We saw Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena mud nests on the side of a Coolabah Tree.
  • There was excitement when a Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax swooped onto a small flock of four Ibis, but was unsuccessful as the Ibis got away.
  • Keep your ears open too for Innamincka’s fascinating Barking Owls Ninox connivens.
  • And many other birds sung, floated, nested and flew over our campsite.

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To find out more about visiting the Dig Tree go to Explore Bulloo and Outback Tourism.

The Royal Historical Society of Queensland is trustee for the Dig Tree Reserve supported by Nappa Merrie Station and the Bulloo Shire Council.