25th November - 2nd December 2018 (8 Days)
Join Faunagraphic as we venture to Australia's most southern state, Tasmania, to photograph its unique array of specialist wildlife. From its 12 endemic species of birds to its unique mammals, this tour is sure to cater to the avid wildlife watcher and photographer.
During this 8 day tour we will have access to areas and local knowledge no other tour can offer, from the remote south-western wilderness showered in button grass, to the wild seas and iconic islands off the eastern coastline.
This unique tour offers the expert guiding of Tasmania’s very own Dr. Barry Baker and Mark Holdsworth, who will provide invaluable local knowledge on the fauna of Tasmania.
Dr Barry Baker is a wildlife biologist, environmental consultant and nature photographer based out of southern Tasmania. With expertise in the conservation and management of wildlife, his work over the last 30 years has focused on wildlife survey, recovery planning for threatened species, and management of wildlife/human interactions, particularly of bycatch in fisheries. He is currently actively involved in a range of scientific research projects on albatrosses, marine mammals and the Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot.
Ornithologist Mark Holdsworth has been involved with the Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Program since 1980, as well as various seabird and raptor research projects. His passion for the critically endangered parrot has resulted in a lifelong dedication to their cause. An expert on all things Orange-bellied Parrot, there is no better guide for a one of a kind Melaleuca experience.
Pricing and Inclusions
$5995 per person (twin share)
- All Meals - All Accommodation
- All National Park Fees - All transfers
- All Guiding Fees
Flights to and from Hobart
Additional food and drink outside of set meals
All clients are collected from transfer sites where we enjoy a welcome dinner to discuss the upcoming week. If time permits we will enjoy a nocturnal tour in Hobarts surrounds where we will discuss basic nocturnal photography concepts.
We fly into Melaleuca via light aircraft to the sacred breeding grounds of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot. Here we spend the day photographing and learning the history of OBP's and the importance of this site for the long term future of the species. The evening will also be spent looking for nocturnal fauna.
Highlights - Orange-bellied Parrot, Eastern Ground Parrot, Beautiful Firetail, Southern Emu-wren, Striated Fieldwren
Special access to overnight in Melaleuca gives us the ability to track down Eastern Ground Parrot at dawn whilst we continue to track down other elusive species and Tasmanian endemic birds. During this we will explore the Aboriginal and European settlements. After lunch we fly out of Melaleuca and make our way to Eaglehawk Neck which will set the scene for the next days events.
Highlights - Green Rosella, Oliver Whistler, Pink Robin, Tasmanian Pademelon
It's time to board the boat at Pirates Bay for a pelagic trip at the best site in Australia, Eaglehawk Neck. Here we will spend the day on the "Pauletta", where we will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia's seabirds.
Highlights - Albatross species, Sooty Oystercatcher, Pacific Gull, Kelp Gull, Shearwaters, Petrels
Now for something different! We depart Eaglehawk and make our way north to Triabunna where, we jump on a ferry and make our way to Maria Island. In the 1800's was a site for a penal colony but now is safe haven for a multitude of species along with being a picturesque landscape. Here we will spend the day and night partaking in a natural history tour and photographing the islands fauna.
Highlights - Cape Barren Goose, Tasmanian Devil, Wombat, Swift Parrot, Painted Cliffs & Sightseeing
The morning is spent finalising "fauna-graphic" images before we head back to the Tasmanian mainland. After lunch we make our way to Kettering we we board a Ferry to visit Bruny Island. Bruny Island is a birders dream with all 12 Tasmanian Endemic species found here. We end the day with a nocturnal tour targeting some fantastic fauna.
Highlights - Eastern Quoll, Long-nosed Potoroo, Golden Brush-tailed Possum, Morepork, Tasmanian endemic birds, Wedge-tailed Eagle.
An entire day on Bruny Island sets the scene with various locations being visited. A wide array of endemic, sub-species endemics and colour morph fauna will be targets.
Highlights - Scrubtit, Tasmanian Thornbill, Strong-billed Honeyeater, Black-headed Honeyeater, Forty-spotted Pardalote, Tasmanian Native-hen, Hooded Plover, White morph Bennett's Wallaby
Our last day of the tour and Bruny Island revisits photographic opportunities missed whilst enjoying popular spots such as "The Neck" and Adventure Bay. After lunch, we return to the mainland where clients are dropped off at accommodation of their choice or at Hobart Airport.
Highlights - Black Currawong, Little Penguin, Dusky Robin, Yellow Wattlebird, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Short-beaked Echidna