I recently spent a very memorable time with Peter on one of his bushwalks. I had not realised the diversity of Australia’s bird life and had a unique opportunity to observe and photograph so many different birds whilst, at the same time, learning about them from Peter.  It was a most interesting, enjoyable and informative experience and one I can thoroughly recommend to one and all.

Alan Fairlie

Bird Enthusiast, United Kingdom

Why choose one of my wildlife photography tours?

In addition to my travel experience, I have researched and written or contributed to over twenty books an scientific on Australasia’s major vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and flora groups, and write a regular column for Australian Geographic Magazine. So you can rest assured that you will get more from my tours than just great images.

If you have an Australian animal that you have wanted to see or a region you have wanted to experience, contact me and I’ll try and find a way to make it a reality for you (subject to Covid-19 restrictions and in strict accordance with current health guidelines). 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, drones and tripods available for your use – subject to availability and demand – just bring your own memory cards. I can also provide Canon equipment given sufficient notice.

The endemic and near-threatened Crest-tailed Mulgara was seen on my Desert shrubland and grassland tour

My 7-Day Outback tours are guaranteed to deliver great a long list of ‘hard-to-see species’, like this Crest-tailed Mulgara, and many unique photographic opportunities

Every tour makes a difference

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 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. BirdLife Australia is the country’s largest organisation devoted to the future of our native birdlife. Today, they 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.

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