I am planning to visit SW and NE Australia next fall and I it will be very helpful for me to receive some info from you. I have already been to Australia once, visiting Victoria and the area West of Gold Coast in Queensland.
My main target bird in SW Australia is the Noisy scrubbird (Atrichornis clamosus). As far as I know it could be get in the area East of Albany, SE of Perth and although it is a very hard bird to spot due to its secretive behaviour it seems that its territory is well defined at the end you can be able to find it.
Another interesting bird could be the Crested bellbird (Oreoica gutturalis) but all the endemic birds and the non endemic ones that I did not see in the East will be interesting.
I would also like to visit the NE around Cairns. My top priority there will be the Yellow-breasted boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer) as it belongs to a family new for me. It seems that it should not be difficult to spot.
Southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius), all the endemic birds and any other new bird could be interesting for me. A visit to Cassowary house is in my plans
Then, my questions:
Do you have information about any reputed bird guide in any of each regions in case I need any support to find any difficult bird?
Of course, Australia in huge and you may stay there for the rest of your life looking for birds but, for a visit to the country of around 12 days, how many days do you consider that could be spent in each of both areas?
Is there any place in the areas that you believe that it is a must to visit?
What is the best month to visit the areas? (Please, take into account that I will visit one after the other)
Any piece of advice will be very welcome.
Thanks in advance,