24th November - 1st December 2019 (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 an afternoon photographing local species in Hobart. We then 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 and continue photographing Melaleucas specialty fauna!
Highlights - Green Rosella, Oliver Whistler, Pink Robin, Tasmanian Pademelon
We bird farewell to Melaleuca as we jump back on a plane to Hobart.
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
We bird farewell to the amazing Maria Island and make our way down to Eaglehawk Neck where we will spend the next 2 days. On this evening we will enjoy a nocturnal tour targeting Tasmania's owl species; the Australian Masked Owl (subspecies) and Tasmanian Boobook.
Highlights - Fairy Tern, Australian Masked Owl, Tasmanian Boobook, Yellow Wattlebird, Grey Goshawk.
We hit the Tasman Peninsula as we board the Pauletta for a day on the ocean photographing Tasmanian's spectacular pelagic species. For those who get seasick and do not want to partake we also are able to offer a day photographic endemic birds on dry land! Best of both worlds.
Highlights - Albatross species, Petrels, Seals, Gannets
We depart Eaglehawk early to get on the first ferry to Bruny Island. 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. We depart Bruny on the last ferry and overnight in Kettering; where will doing some spotlighting.
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 sees us visiting Mount Field National Park where will target the photogenic Pink Robin along with Scrubtit. After lunch, we return to the Hobart where clients are dropped off at accommodation of their choice or at Hobart Airport.
Highlights - Black Currawong, Dusky Robin, Yellow Wattlebird, Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Short-beaked Echidna, Pink Robin, Scrubtit.