• 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 …

  • Ashmore Reef 2018

    The 2018 Ashmore Reef trip has been scheduled with plenty of lead time to allow people to book early and secure their berth. We are now chartering The Diversity with 12 berths available. A good manageable number with practical implications for the trips confirmation. The 2018 trip will also visit Browse Island (full access) on our return journey and possibly the Lacepede islands if we have time and the conditions allow us to land safely. We have secured full access to all the Ashmore Islands and sand cays. The itinerary and our course will remain much the same as previous trips following the continental shelf break on our way north to Scott Reef and heading west of Ashmore into very deep water before heading east to Ashmore Reef and the inner mooring located close to West Island. Over 16 years the Ashmore has been running the pelagic sea birding has always thrown up exciting experiences and the opportunity to see some very rare species with challenging identification issues. The opportunity for Mammal watchers is also fantastic with some amazing cetacean sightings over the years. For keen bird photographers the Ashmore trip is a must with tantalising opportunities to grab that special shot. Dates: 8th to the 16th of November 2018 Vessel: The Diversity Cost: AUD$6,300.00 Duration: 9 days

  • Ashmore Reef 2017

    Kimberley Birdwatching is running the successful annual pelagic trip from Broome to Ashmore Reef and return in November 2017 the trip will be led by Dr Rohan Clark and George Swann. The 2016 trip was hugely successful and this year we’ll be visiting Browse Island again on the return leg. Browse Island has recently become a very exciting focus of this trip with some extraordinary sightings. Last year’s trip had a pair of immature Chinese Sparrowhawks on the island, so it’s almost a case of throwing the dice in the air and guessing what’s it going to be next? Previous records include Arctic Warbler, Island Monarch, Blue and White, Asian Brown and Dark sided Flycatcher, Tiger Shrike, Black Bittern and Pechora Pipit. The Ashmore trip is regularly consistent for many sought after pelagic species which of course is why it has such appeal to many birders. The very real chance to see such enigmatic species as Jouanin’s Petrel and Swinhoe’s Storm petrel. The trip has also performed remarkably well for Abbots Booby over the years, initially thought to be a vagrant to the area Abbott’s Booby is clearly a regular visitor. Ashmore Reef itself never fails to impress visiting birders and naturalists the islands supporting a vast selection of tropical seabirds including all three species of Noddy together, impressive flocks of shorebirds and huge potential for vagrants and less common irregular migrants. Ashmore also has great snorkelling so don’t forget your mask and fins. Dates: 5th to the 13th of November 2017 Charter operator: Diversity Charters Vessel: The Diversity Cost: AUD$6,300.00 Duration: 9 days 2 Berths remaining to book contact George Swann 0429 706 800 or email, info@kimberleybirdwatching.com. Download 2016 Ashmore Reef Summary

  • Ashmore Reef 2015

    We are now taking bookings for the October-November 2015 Ashmore Reef /Browse Island trip. If you are interested in this trip to Ashmore Reef and Browse Island please email George Swann info@kimberleybirdwatching.com.au, or scroll down on Tours and Trips on this website and click on Ashmore March 2015, an online brochure for this trip is available for viewing or download on this page. This trip will be lead by Mike Carter renowned Australian birder & leading twitcher and George Swann, Kimberley bird guide and Organiser for the trip, both Mike and George are Ashmore Birding veterans with over 20 trips each to their names. The 8 day itinerary will follow much the same route and timing as previous October trips except that we will visit Browse Island instead of the Lacepede Islands. If you wish to discuss any aspects of these trips please contact George Swann by phone 0429 706 800 or email info@kimberleybirdwatching.com.au Ashmore Brochure 2015 final  

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  • Kimberley Trips

    Kimberley Birdwatching offers a range of Kimberley Trips scheduled tours for 2013 include: Bachsten Creek – Munja Track 6 day fly/drive 26th to 31st July 2013 AUD$3270.00 per person all inclusive Scenic flight from Broome to Munja (Walcott Inlet). Drive Munja Track to Mt Elizabeth Station, Gibb River Road, Broome. Birders are encouraged to make contact with George should they wish to arrange a tour to find specific species e.g. Yellow Chat

  • Short Trips

    Kimberley Birdwatching offers a range of short tours around Broome Short tours in and around Broome including Roebuck Bay the Broome Bird Observatory, Roebuck Plains and the coast north of Broome. Tours will be confirmed with a minimum of two people, please call if you are travelling by yourself as George may also consider taking one person for a small surcharge. Contact George by calling his mobile phone 0429 706 800 or email info@kimberleybirdwatching.com.au for availability details. All tours include pick up and drop off from your accommodation, drinking water is provided on all tours and lunch is provided on the 10 and 12 hour tours. 3 hour shorebirds tour. An introduction to the migrant shorebirds of Roebuck bay – AUD$90.00 per person 6 hour/ half day Broome environs tour. This tour visits mangroves, Roebuck Bay and areas around Broome, (this tour incorporates the 3 hour shorebird tour) – AUD$150.00 per person 10 hour Coastal Creek tour. This tour visits the coast north of Broome including Willies and Barred Creek James Price Point and Coulomb Point – AUD$250.00 per person 12 hour/ full day Dawn till dusk tour. A full day trip including mangroves, Roebuck Bay, Roebuck Plains and associated lakes – AUD$300.00 per person Birders are encouraged to make contact with George should they wish to arrange a tour to find specific species e.g. Yellow Chat.

  • Ashmore Reef

    Kimberley Birdwatching’s Ashmore Expedition 2018 is selling fast, contact us to secure your spot. Brochure & Bird List & Information for participants   Trip Details The 2018 Ashmore Reef trip in November (8th to 16th) offers birders the opportunity to visit Ashmore Reef, Browse Island and the Lacepede Islands and seas off the NW coast during the spring. This period has proved over the years to be the most productive for interesting Pelagic species particularly Storm Petrels and vagrants found on the islands we visit. The route is shown on the map on the following page and a detailed itinerary will be forwarded to people booking the trip. Our journey north from Broome targets deeper water along the continental shelf as we track north to Scott Reef and ultimately Ashmore Reef. These waters can be incredibly exciting, with huge potential for rare pelagic seabirds like Jouanin’s Petrel, Matsudaira’s & Swinhoe’s Storm-Petrel, Abbott’s Booby and possible sightings of Tropical Shearwater. Cetaceans also add to the excitement with mixed species pods of dolphins including Spinner, Pan-tropical Spotted and Fraser’s Dolphin. Larger animals like Pilot, Melon-headed and Sperm Whale have been recorded regularly and rarer cetaceans including Beaked Whales species. More regular pelagic birdlife include Bulwer’s and Tahiti Petrel, Streaked, Wedge-tailed, Fleshy-footed and Hutton’s Shearwater, and Wilson’s Storm-Petrel. All three Jaegers species; Pomarine, Arctic and Long-tailed have been recorded. Tropical Seabirds are in no shortage when close to Ashmore and the Lacepede Islands with three species of Booby, Lesser and Greater Frigatebird and eleven tern species. On Ashmore we have a chance to see Common, Black and Lesser Noddy breeding in close proximity. The trip enables participants to compare Sooty and Bridled Tern and Crested and Lesser Crested Tern. Ashmore Reef and the Lacepede Islands also support large numbers of migratory shorebirds with rare species regularly recorded on Ashmore and the Lacepedes include Common Redshank, Little Stint, Broad-billed Sandpiper and Asian Dowitcher. West Island on Ashmore Reef is an extraordinary place for rare birds and the Australian list is complemented by a number …

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    Kimberley Bird Watching offers the most authoritative birdwatching and wildlife tours in North Western Australia.


    Kimberley Birdwatching is based in Broome, which is situated in the southwest corner of the Kimberley division. The Kimberley is one of the most exciting and least explored regions for the birdwatcher and naturalist. Our tours also cover the Northern Territory.


    PO Box 220, Broome 6725, Western Australia

    Mobile: 0429 706 800

    Phone: (08) 9192 1246

    Fax: (08) 9192 1246

    Email: info@kimberleybirdwatching.com.au

    Website: www.kimberleybirdwatching.com.au

  • 10 Day Black Grasswren Tour – Accommodated

    From Broome to Derby we visited Taylor’s Lagoon, the Logue River and Willare Bridge on the Fitzroy River. We did well for raptors including good views of Black Falcon, Little Eagle, Black-breasted Buzzard and Square-tailed Kite. 27 Red-necked Avocets at the Logue River pool were an unexpected surprise. We finished the day off with a pair of Great-billed Herons at the Derby Wharf. The Derby mangroves in the vicinity of the wharf were quiet, perhaps the cool conditions had something to do with it, however Mangrove Golden Whistler, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Yellow White-eyes and Mangrove Grey Fantail showed well. Small flocks of Terek Sandpipers and Whimbrel were seen on the mudflats and the odd Eastern Curlew. The famous Derby Sewerage Works has undergone some drastic changes, however it was still worth a visit with well over thirty species recorded. Lovely views of White-throated Gerygone in nearby scrub made a good start. In the King Leopold Ranges on our way to Mt. Hart several small flocks of Pictorella Mannikins were recorded. After a comfortable night at Mt. Hart an early morning walk revealed several Australian Bustards promenading down the airstrip, and a Yellow Oriole feeding on Mulberries in the homestead gardens. A lunch stop on the Hann River, Gibb River Road, had a rather gory flavour as we witnessed a Brown Falcon capturing a Varied Lorikeet, which the Falcon proceeded to tear to pieces. Mt. Elizabeth Station is a wonderful birding location and our stay here enabled us to bird a few good spots. We were lucky enough to find 2 juvenile Gouldians but no adults! Seconds later in the same spot an adult male Northern Shrike Tit and Crested Bellbird were found. Masked Woodswallows were seen regularly in many different areas during our 10 day journey. Unfortunately we did not see any White-browed Woodswallows amongst them. Our visit to the Mitchell Plateau was a little disappointing as we failed to see the main target bird the Black Grasswren and it wasn’t for the want of trying! We did however find both …

  • Pelagic – Ashmore Reef

    The annual Pelagic Trip to Ashmore Reef aboard the Flying Fish Five continues to grow in popularity and considering the number of exciting species that we see including birds, cetaceans, turtles and sea snakes etc it is hardly surprising. In shallow water north of Broome lots of Terns including Roseate, Brown Boobies and Lesser Frigatebirds. Once in deep water on the second day we started to see Tahiti Petrels and Bulwer’s Petrel. We eventually saw all possible 3 Jaegers, Long-tailed, Pomerine and Arctic. Overall we saw lots of Storm Petrels including Matsudaira’s and Swinhoes. The cetacean highlight for the trip was the discovery of Fraser’s Dolphins amongst a large pod of Short-finned Pilot Whales and Spinner Dolphins. Calm conditions are ideal for spotting these animals and we were graced with several days of what the boaties term as a “glass off”. It was a fantastic trip for cetaceans with 8 species seen. Ashmore Reef itself was spectacular, we had access to all three islands care of Her Majesty’s Customs escorting us which was very good of them. This is an exclusive opportunity to witness the spectacular seabird breeding opportunities of Middle and East Island. As for rare vagrant birds on West Island, it’s hard to believe that we found two species of vagrants namely Asian Brown Flycatcher and Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warbler that were found last year. Had they stayed on the island from last year? Who knows? Everyone had excellent views of these two rare birds in an Australian territory. A pair of Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes were also on the Island and with further research there is a good chance they are actually Wallacian Cuckoo Shrikes—a close Indonesian relative to the common Australian bird. This trip is a MUST for any keen birdwatcher and worth every penny.

  • Testimonials

    Thanks to George Swann, he’s given me a pure experience of the Kimberley’s magnificent nature and birdlife. I am indeed thankful for George’s enthusiasm and energy and I strongly insist that all Broome visitors go out birdwatching with George. If you’re anything like me who appreciates raw beauty and natural wonders of our world, then George is the man for you! Cathy Freeman, Australia, Olympic Gold Medalist Thank you for a brilliant days birdwatching. George your enthusiasm for birds is so contagious and your knowledge of birds so thorough, that everyone who travels with you will learn. This was my third trip with Kimberley Birdwatching and each trip gets better Patty Smith, Vic We had a fantastic birding experience in northern Australia thanks to the hard work and guidance of George Swann. He got us the tough specialities – Black Grasswren, Grey Falcon, Mangrove Golden Whistler, Hooded Parrot, Terek Sandpiper – as well as abundant contact with that most glorious of dicky-birds, the Gouldian Finch. What a pleasure it was to travel with a talented and experienced naturalist, enjoying birds, other fantastic Australian wildlife and plants, and some interesting geology to boot. And what a thrill it was to experience all that tropical nature without having to worry about malaria and in general creature comfort. We’ve done biological field work on every continent, and spent years in Australia, but our time with George was a highlight of out global natural history experience. Paul R Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, CA. USA ou enhanced the experience with your expertise in so many different fields that we all felt a little in awe of your knowledge. I for one am richer for the experience – thank you Enid Hulls That was my first ever “birding trip” and I am glad it was with you. It has opened up doors of wonderment and pleasure, thank you very much. Kate Buckley, SA I went birding with George Swann which, as ever, was very enjoyable. If anyone is …

  • Maps

    The Kimberley region is vast, covering some 420,000 sq km and is dissected by the famous Gibb River Road, an unsealed road winding through the Kimberley from Derby in the West to Wyndham in the East Kimberley. The road enables access to numerous spectacular gorges through some of the most rugged country Australia has to offer.

  • Links

    Directory of Australian Bird Organisations – www.ausbird.com Fatbird UK, Bo Crombet-Boelens – www.fatbirder.com Fine Feather Tours, Del Richards – www.finefeathertours.com.au Frank O’Connor – www.birdingwa.iinet.net.au Kirrama Wildlife Tours, Klaus Ullenhut – www.kirrama.com.au Lotus Bird Lodge – www.cairns.aust.com/lotusbird Tony Palliser – users.bigpond.net.au/palliser Earth Foot – www.earthfoot.org Wildlife Tourism Australia – www.wildlifetourism.org.au Lloyd Nielsen’s Birding Australia – www.birdingaustralia.com.au Dean Birders – www.deanbirders.co.uk Kimberley Coastal Camp – www.kimberleycoastalcamp.com.au Kimberley Whale Watching – www.kimberleywhales.com.au David Cook – www.davidcook.com.au/kimberley2006.htm kimberley.davidcook.com.au Holiday – WA – www.holiday-wa.net Australian Holiday Accommodation – www.bookitnow.com.au Andrew Isles Bookshops – www.andrewisles.com Broome Bird Observatory – www.broomebirdobservatory.com Philip Maher – www.philipmaher.com Peter Waanders – www.sabirding.com Cheynes Beach caravan Park – www.cheynesbeachcaravanpark.com.au David Crawford – www.closeupbirding.com.au Dr Tania Cochran – www.inalabruny.com.au Peter Taylor – http://birding-southwest.mysouthwest.com.au Australian Wader Studies Group – www.birdlife.org.au Birdlife WA – www.birdlife.org.au Birdlife Australia – http://www.birdlife.org.au Fran & Jim Standing – www.mountcluniecabins.com.au Sue and Phil Gregory – www.cassowary-house.com.au | www.cassowary-house.com.au Kingfisher Park – www.birdwatchers.com.au Bird Trails Tropical Queensland – www.birdingtropicalaustralia.com.au Experience the wild – www.experiencethewild.com.au Red Mill House – www.redmillhouse.com.au Daintree Bird Watching – www.daintreebirdwatching.com.au Reuben Trusler – creative design and strategy – www.reubentrusler.com.au Australian Wildlife Images – www.wildlifeimages.com.au Naturetrek – www.naturetrek.co.uk ABC Radio – to hear Georges interviews on Kimberley Birds www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s1180630.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s1476393.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s991996.htm” www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s868344.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s807289.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s784803.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s666190.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s632708.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s602696.htm www.abc.net.au/kimberley/stories/s591563.htm

  • 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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    PO Box 220, Broome 6725, Western Australia
    Phone: (08) 9192 1246
    Fax: (08) 9192 1246

    Email: info@kimberleybirdwatching.com.au
    Website: www.kimberleybirdwatching.com.au

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