There is no other place like it on our amazing planet…
Imagine the astonishment on the faces of Captain Cook and his naturalist companion, Joseph Banks, when they first encountered a kangaroo!
Here, on the island continent, nearly everything is different: not just by a degree or two, but a quantum difference.
Where else can you see Duck-billed Platypus, Echidnas, and a whole host of intriguing marsupials ranging from enormous Red Kangaroos – so characteristic of the outback – to pixie-like carnivores that resemble mice, gliding marsupial squirrels, lumbering Wombats and that quintessential Australian, the Koala.
Australia is, in the main, comfortable, easy birding with many birds adorably tame. Just imagine having a family of superb Fairy-Wrens as permanent residents in your back-yard; flocks of Galahs greet you along the roadside as you head to work, and a myriad of Honeyeaters and quite adorable Finches greet you upon your return home.
I promise you, our birds and wildlife will not disappoint. Although Australia is often referred to as theb 'Sunburnt Country'', the island continent in fact supports some of the most extensive stands of woodland, magnificent stands of ancient tropical forests, heaths, peculiar semi-arid Mallee country, the outback with its oh so many faces, and of course our world famous Great Barrier Reef.
Once is not enough…
One of the major features of Australia’s birds is that they are nomadic and respond, sometimes dramatically, to the presence or absence of rain. The country is enormous (just a little smaller than the lower 48 of the USA), complex, and a handful of its habitats and inhabitants can be a little challenging.
Australia, together with neighbouring New Guinea, has been isolated for more than 60 million years and as a consequence has evolved an astonishingly distinctive and remarkable fauna and flora. Australia’s birdlife has followed a similar evolutionary path and now boasts more than 340 endemic species, more than any other country in the world.
Come join me and explore this wonderful country. The only thing you need to worry about is that once you are here, you won’t want to leave!
Enquire about your Australian birding adventure now. Please feel free to contact David.
Quite simply Australia is too big to see it all in one, or two or even three trips.