I have been blessed to have had the opportunity and ability to travel throughout Australia on many, many occasions, both as an independent biodiversity consultant, as an employee of the Australian Museum and now as an operator of wildlife photography tours. Since my first serious trip in 1992 I feel myself lucky to have seen (and photographed) some stunning, often unique, wildlife, and I am delighted to be able to now share these experiences with you.
You can check out the regular list of tours here, or you can suggest your own individual or group tour and I’ll try and find a way to make it a reality for you. I can tailor tours to cater for individual needs, wishes and requirements, and I will try my absolute best to help all of the participants get the wildlife images they are after. You don’t even have to bring all of your own gear if you can’t fit it in your luggage! Just let me know when booking and I will make my Nikon gear and tripods available for your use – subject to availability and demand – just bring your own memory cards.
In addition to my travel experience, I have researched and written several books on Australia’s major vertebrate and invertebrate wildlife groups, so you can rest assured that you will get more from my tours than just great images.
Australia is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. It is home to around 10% of the world’s bird species, around 340 (or around 45%) of which are found nowhere else. Australia has more mammal species than 93% of the world’s other countries, and has more endemic land mammals that any other country. Indeed, just under 90% of Australia’s almost 350 native mammal species are endemic. Similarly, around 93% of Australia’s reptile species are endemic and a similar percentage of its frogs. In addition to its wonderful wildlife, Australia has over 20,000 described species of plants, and around 90% of these are also unique to this beautiful country.
Sadly, many of Australia’s endemic species are threatened: around 6% of its birds, 20% of its mammals, 5% of its reptiles, 14% of its frogs and 6% of its plants.
I am passionate about Australia’s environment and the animals and plants that live here. One of the best ways in which I can help to bring awareness of Australia’s wildlife, and provide some of the much needed funding to help protect it, is through ecotourism, and the donating of a percentage of the monies raised to organisations that are at the forefront of the research and work that counts. Some that I have been involved with and support are:
BirdLife Australia is a relatively recent name change for our organisation. It is the result of the merger of Birds Australia and Bird Observation & Conservation Australia (BOCA). For more than 100 years, Birds Australia and BOCA have been powerful advocates for native birds and the conservation of their habitats. Now, we have joined forces to create BirdLife Australia, the country’s largest organisation devoted to the future of our native birdlife. Today, we are an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a single aim: creating a bright future for Australia’s birds.
World Wildlife Fund (now known as WWF) was conceived on 29 April 1961 in the small Swiss town of Morges and soon received the royal seal of approval. The group called for urgent global action to stop vast numbers of wild animals being hunted out of existence and habitats from being destroyed. On 29 June 1978, WWF was established in Australia, with just three staff working out of an old factory in Sydney. The conservation budget for our first year of operation was around $80,000. Today, we’re the nation’s largest conservation organisation, with more than 500,000 supporters and projects underway throughout Australia and the Oceania region.
Conservation Volunteers Australia has partnered with individuals, businesses and governments in the conservation of Australia’s unique environment since 1982. In that time it has welcomed hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around Australia and across the world and supported their participation in a diversity of important projects to protect and enhance our environment. Conservation Volunteers’ strength is their ability to mobilise the community through well managed and effective programs. Their volunteers come from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences and give their time freely to help. Their expertise as an organisation in training and managing community volunteers turns their efforts into a major force for environmental good.
So please help me to help them protect and preserve Australia’s unique wildlife for generations to come by joining me on one of my wildlife photography tours.