As an avid consumer of guided and independent bird trips on land and sea
for many years, both domestc and international as Qantas might say, might I
suggest that Australian birdos are exceptionally fortunate to have the
variety of pelagics on offer, to places that mere mortals rarely get to. The
Kimberley coast, Ashmore Reef, Torres Strait, Christmas Island and the
South-east Pacific are among the most interesting areas we have ever
visited, birding or otherwise, and exposure to the wealth of knowledge
freely given by the leaders and experienced others is like a University
course on seabird identification. For those not prone to the mal-de-mer, the
coastal trips are also brilliant experiences, as well as often accessing
The likes of Tony Palliser, Mike Carter, Richard Baxter and Phil Hansboro
among others, put in huge amounts of time and effort into organising these
trips, which are non-profit in the financial sense and as Richard has noted,
actually cost the organisers.
Any miseries out there carping about possible freebies should get things
into perspective. These guys (and Inga) have added a huge extra dimension to
Australian birding, and I for one am grateful to them.
PS, no charge for the testimonial fellas.
50km west of Sydney Harbour Bridge
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