• Male Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) identified from the female with his a red head and crest.

With Bird Photographer and Tutor Michael Snedic
and Birding Guide Barry Davies

3rd to 10th of October 2024

Only One Spot Left!

NEWWe will leave Melbourne and head to Healesville to our base for two nights. From there to Badgers Weir and Toolangi State Forest, we will marvel at the ancient Mountain Ash forests of the Yarra Ranges. We will find ourselves surrounded by beautiful wet forests, laden with large ferns in the understory and towering canopy trees, with some Mountain Ash over three hundred feet tall! The great attraction is the Superb Lyrebird, indisputably the world’s most remarkable songster and mimic. While walking the forest tracks, we should see the delicate Rose Robin, Pilotbird, and Olive Whistler.

The following two nights, we will be based on the Great Ocean Road, widely regarded as one of the most scenic drives in the world. Around Aireys Inlet and Anglesea, we will spend time investigating this stunningly scenic coastline. We will seek out the region’s special birds, such as the endangered Hooded Plover, Rufous Bristlebird, Southern Emu-Wren, and Striated Fieldwren. From Lorne, we will visit the coastal rainforest of the Otway Ranges, looking for Gang-gang Cockatoo, Crescent Honeyeater, Pink Robin, and Olive Whistler.

Musk lorikeet

Musk lorikeet

Finally, we head to the Little Desert National Park for three nights, a vastly different environment from the forest and coastlines of the days before. We will be staying at the Little Desert Nature Lodge, which specifically caters to birdwatching and photographic groups. The Mallee around Little Desert National Park hosts the stately and shy Malleefowl, the world’s southernmost megapode, and there will be an array of spring-blooming ground orchids. Other special species that we will track down include the small Slender-billed Thornbill and skulking Rufous Fieldwren, as well as other sought-after species such as Blue-winged Parrot, Western (Golden) Whistler, Southern Scrub-robin, and the gorgeous Tawny-crowned Honeyeater. Patches of Stringybark Eucalyptus should hold Purple-crowned and Musk Lorikeets, along with the handsome White-fronted Honeyeater. In the afternoon of the last day, we will head back to Melbourne.

Malleefowl, Bake Ocellata
Malleefowl

Date

3rd to 10th of October 2024

Cost

$AU3845 (plus GST) twin share. Single supplement - $AU895 (plus GST) 

Please note: WildNature Photo Expeditions will endeavour to find someone to share with you, from the photography group. If no one is available to share, then a single supplement will be added and you will have your own room.

 

Maximum 8 passengers with two experienced tutors/guides.

Lyrebird

Superb Lyrebird

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Your Photography Tutor: Michael Snedic

Michael Snedic, based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is an award-winning bird/wildlife and nature photographer, tutor, writer, presenter and photo competition judge. His photos have been published in numerous publications both in Australia and internationally, since the year 2000. He has been photographing across Australia (and overseas) for the past 27 years and he has loved every minute of it!

Michael is a Nikon School tutor In Queensland (but knows all brands quite well) . He is a writer of photographic articles for magazines such as ‘Australian Geographic’, ‘Wildlife Australia, ‘Australian Birdlife’ as well as ‘BBC Wildlife’, ‘Nature TTL’ and ‘WildArt’ (all based in the UK). Michael has also been a regular feature writer for Australia’s highest-selling photography magazine, ‘Australian Photography’, since 2006. He was also a judge for the Birdlife Australia Awards in 2022 and 2023. He is very passionate about wildlife and nature photography and loves sharing his images and photographic knowledge with others.

Michael Snedic bio shot

Your Birding Guide: Barry Davies

Barry Davies is an experienced Naturalist, Environmental Interpreter, Tour Guide and Tour Leader with a speciality in birds and is a Certified EcoGuide with Ecotourism Australia. In 2005 and 2009 he was Australian EcoGuide of the Year. In 1993 he won the prestigious Gold Coast Supreme Hospitality Award. In 2004 he started Gondwana Guides, where he has lead countless birding tours across Australia and the world. Barry and Michael Snedic have worked together on at least 15 birding/bird photography tours over the past 10+ years.

Barry Davies

Itinerary

Day 1

Leave Melbourne and drive to Healesville via:

  • Masons Falls
  • Wirrawilla Rainforest Walk

Day 2

  • Badgers Weir
  • Cathedral Ranges

Rufous Bristlebird (Dasyornis broadbenti)
Rufous Bristlebird

Day 3

  • Drive to Otways via Serendip Wildlife Sanctuary 
  • Point Addis
  • Ironbark Walk
  • Point Roadknight

Day 4

  • Anglesea Heathland
  • Airey Inlet Wetland
  • Lorne Sheoak Picnic Area

Intermediate Egret
Intermediate Egret

Day 5

  • Apollo Bay Rainforest Walk
  • Drive to Little Desert 
  • Little Desert Nature Lodge
  • Little Dessert Mallee Walk

Day 6

  • Campground Track
  • Heathland Track
  • Wimmera River

Purple-crowned Lorikeet in Australia
Purple-crowned Lorikeet

Day 7

Wyperfeld National Park:

  • Discovery Walk
  • Heathland Walk

Day 8

  • Snapes Reserve (Trust for Nature reserve - Little Desert)
  • Drive back to Melbourne

Southern Emu-wren - Stipiturus malachurus brown bird with long tail and blue throat in Maluridae, endemic to Australia, natural habitats are temperate forests, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation
Southern Emu-wren

Inclusions

  • Seven nights accommodation including two nights at Sanctuary House Resort Motel, two nights at Great Ocean Road Resort and three nights at Little Desert Nature Lodge
  • Farewell Dinner (all other meals at participant's expense)
  • Transport via 12 seater bus
  • Photography tuition from Michael Snedic and birding from guide Barry Davies

Exclusions

  • Meals (except Farewell Dinner)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Flights to and from Melbourne 

Pink Robin, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Pink Robin

Bookings and Contact:

To reserve your place or just to ask more questions about this photo expedition, please contact Michael either via his CONTACT FORM or by calling +61 408 941 965.

Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$900.00 (plus GST) The balance will be due up to 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation up to 90 days before departure - deposit forfeited. Cancellation between 90 and 60 days before departure - 50% of total workshop price forfeited. Cancellation less than 60 days before departure or during tour, no refund available.

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