May 2018 - Kimberley Bird Watching

  • Ashmore Reef 2019

    This ten day expedition visits the Lacepede Islands, Adele Island, Browse Island, Ashmore Reef and Scott Reef before returning to Broome via continental shelf waters south of Scott Reef. A unique itinerary and opportunity to visit these extraordinary Islands. Full access has been secured to all of the Ashmore Islands, Browse I, Adele I and the Lacepedes. The trip offers Birders and Naturalists an opportunity to see, record and photograph some rare and uncommon species while experiencing an extremely remote corner of Australia. Massive breeding colonies of seabirds, fascinating mixed pods of Cetaceans, close views of 4 species of Sea Turtles and the chance to see the very rare Leatherback Sea Turtle. The photographic opportunities are endless. Snorkelling is also fantastic at several locations. View Full Itinerary Dates: 10th to the 19th of March Vessel: The Diversity Cost: AUD$6,600.00 per person Duration: 10 days Passport: Necessary Insurance: Full travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance is essential

  • Ashmore Reef 2019

    Adele Island and the Lacepede Islands Expedition 10th to the 19th March 2019 Aboard The Diversity Brochure & Bird List & Information for participants   Trip Details This Expedition visits a unique and poorly understood region of Australian maritime territory, associated Islands and Reefs. Many of the Islands support large breeding colonies of seabirds, marine turtles and complex coral reefs with an extraordinary diversity. The Timor Sea and Sahul shelf boast a significant variety of cetaceans, some using shallow inshore waters while others have a preference for deep sea canyons located on the edge of the continental shelf. This expedition is designed around exploring four islands and enjoying what they have to offer. There will be fantastic photographic opportunities of nesting seabirds, turtles and the challenge of taking that perfect shot of whales or dolphins. The snorkelling is excellent at Ashmore Reef so remember to bring your gear. Day 1 Sail from Broome boarding at 7 AM (you will be advised of the pickup time from your accommodation) We take a northerly course running parallel to the coast towards the Lacepede islands located about 30 km offshore from Beagle Bay on the Dampier Peninsular This run is good for a rare and unusual species of cetacean often referred to as Dwarf Spinner Dolphin Stenella longirostris roseiventris. We arrive at the lacepedes at about 1pm and drop anchor on the northern side of West Island at 16° 50’ S 122° 06 E. Our arrival co-insides roughly with high tide. We’ll land on West Island which has the greatest diversity to observe Lesser Frigatebird & Brown Booby breeding colonies. Huge numbers of Common Noddy congregate in large flocks on the beach, while Bridled Terns fly overhead. A lagoon with mudflats attract good numbers of shorebirds while at least 6 other species of terns are found here. The Lacepede Islands encountered by Nicholas Baudin in 1801 who named them in honour of the Compte de Lacepede because of the large number of birds and wildlife observed on the islands. Lacepede was a noted …

  • George Swann

    Your Guide - George Swann

    George was born in England and emigrated to Australia in 1984. He has lived in Broome since 1989 and established Kimberley Birdwatching in 1993.

    Through many years of fieldwork, George has gained tremendous knowledge of the natural history of the Kimberley, including bird distribution and behaviour, with the emphasis on rare, endangered and poorly known species.

    George is a professional bird guide, with a passionate interest in the natural history and ecology of the region. He is a resourceful bushman and an infectiously enthusiastic travelling companion.

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