As your guide, we offer a variety of bird watching tours encompassing the broad range of habitats found in south-central Victoria. Birdlife in this region is prolific varied and exciting, and coupled with some of southern Australia’s most magnificent scenery only a short distance away from Melbourne, a visually stimulating and satisfying nature-based experience can be expected.
The mountainous forests east and north-east of Melbourne are spectacular and contain almost pure stands of the world’s largest flowering plant, the Mountain Ash, Eucalyptus regnans in several pockets, and there are small patches of cool temperate rainforest in other locations.
Dry Forest is a broad term that covers a wide variety of habitats that are mostly represented by woodland zones to the north & west of Melbourne and sites around Heathcote/Bendigo, loosely referred to as the Inland Slopes.
Depending on the local and seasonal conditions or what particular bird species are required, we can travel either south-east or south-west of Melbourne to visit a wide array of wetlands, swamps, tidal mudflats and coastal headlands that are utilised by many different waterbirds, shorebirds and seabirds.
This is a half day tour designed to take in the sights and sounds of the world-renowned Western Treatment Plant. Perfect for beginners and experienced bird-watchers alike, this full morning tour is an ideal introduction to the wide variety of birdlife to be found just on Melbourne’s outskirts.
Any of the habitats and tour combinations for any area throughout Greater Melbourne can be visited and/ or combined in the same day if required, and quite often one is in close proximity to the other.
There are of course various habitats and environments peripheral to those mentioned above, such as cleared farmland, riverine & littoral vegetation zones, remnant pockets of native vegetation, and rural & urban environments. These in turn attract their own bird species such as various raptors, parrots & lorikeets, honeyeaters, robins and flycatchers to name a few.
For anyone who has a little more time these tour itineraries provide an excellent way to enhance and expand the birding experience with a range of species not found in the Greater Melbourne region. In doing so we also see some of the hidden nuggets and well kept secrets that are tucked away in the wilds of Victoria. And there are plenty.
Visit the far south-west of the state with its relatively undisturbed pockets of forest, heath and lonely, windswept coastline. Or travel through the Mallee regions of the Victoria’s north-west and track down the skulkers within. Swing across to the Northern Plains.
A most enjoyable day out with Steve! He picked me up as pre-arranged at 6.30 am in Frankston and then we headed in his Landrover to Bunyip State Park. He proved his outstanding expertise at our first stop off point, listening to the dawn chorus of a variety of honeyeaters, thornbills and parrots. As a Pom who had spent many years birding throughout Australasia, I had engaged Steve specifically to find me three birds which had eluded me; the Southern Emu-Wren, the Crescent Honeyeater, and the Red-browed Treecreeper. The first proved seriously elusive as we went from place to likely place, many where we heard it but could not get any sort of view. We were finally rewarded with a series of short but splendid sightings in some long reed grass opening in the forest. The other hoped for lifers came almost on cue...and in the process the day yielded a further lifer for me. Steve is a thorough professional who certainly knows his Victorian birds and has an energetic enthusiasm which is infectious. He was great company - we discovered we had birding mates in common! He plied me with coffee and biscuits to keep my energy levels up. I ended the day, exhausted, but well contented with some 60 species, four lifers, a giant goanna and a 'roo or two, all from one day's birding in Bunyip forest area
Steve was great company – willing to push hard to keep up with my energy – but also keeping things loose. Taught me as much as I could absorb – and was excellent at honing in on some difficult targets. I got great photos of my symbolic ‘targets’ for each day – a female Suberb Lyrebird at Toolangi only a few feet away, and a pair of tricky Southern Emu-wrens near Anglesea. Other photographic highlights included Rose Robin, Pink Robin, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Long-billed Corella, four Cuckoos, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and Baillon’s and Spotted Crakes. Steve even apologized for having family obligations that kept him from spotlighting – after two 12 hour days. All told 110 photographed birds. I’ll definitely use his services again..."
"...Steve is a first rate birder and more. I have taken nature trips all over th e US and he ranks with the most enjoyable leaders. He couldn't have been more professional - mailing me likely bird sightings from the places we would visit well in advance of our trips so I could prepare . He selected a diverse geography to ensure we saw the broadest range of Australian birds from th e shores to the woods . He not only is an expert at bird identification but also their habitat and calls. I know of no other leader who provides banana bread he bakes for morning tea. My only regret is that I didn't book more time with him..."
"...First and foremost I would like to thank you Steve for a great day of bird photography in Melbourne. Despite the short birding trip, it was most enjoyable and most fruitful collection of a wide variety of birds I have managed to capture with my camera. I am most impressed by your level of service. I could see you are just as anxious to ensure that my birding trip is a fruitful one. I had several bird guides at various places around the world that I had been and you are clearly one of the best I had. Keep up the great service and I hope to be able to return to Melbourne sometime soon for more birding adventure..."
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