Finishes: Alice Springs, NT
Tour Leader: Laurie Ross
Departure Date: 21 July 2019
Return Date: 4 Aug 2019
Cost: AU$8,999 per person including accommodation and all meals, based on double or twin-share occupancy. Single occupancy surcharge of $900. Not included: drinks, tips, personal expenses. Earlybird discount of $99 for bookings received up to 6 months before departure date. Return-client discount may apply.
Bellbird Photo Tours is proud to announce a fantastic opportunity for a small number of privileged bird photographers. Based on the success of Bellbirds’s flagship Nine Grasswrens birding tours, one of Australia’s epic birding adventures, we have totally redesigned this tour to allow for the best photographic opportunities of 9 of Australia’s 13 –odd species of Grasswren: Kalkadoon, Carpentarian, Rusty, Eyrean, Grey, Western, Short-tailed, Thick-billed and Dusky Grasswren. Covering the Kalkadoon ranges around Mt Isa, the famous Birdsville track through the outback, the stark country around Boulia-Winton, the little-known Gawler Ranges and we finish in the Red Centre of Alice Springs.
The focus will be to maximize photographic opportunities of each grasswren, and to do so, we have allocated one afternoon and one morning to each species. Timed to travel through the heart of the outback during the late Australian winter season, the time when Grasswrens are most active, we will have plenty of opportunity during these 15 days to see and photograph many other good outback species. Besides the Grasswrens we have a good chance of sought-after birds like Banded and Chestnut-breasted White-face, Chestnut and Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Gibberbird, Yellow Chat, Inland Dotterel, Flock Bronzewing, Spinifex Pigeon, Painted Finch and even the enigmatic Grey Falcon. Accommodation will be of the highest available standard; the the food will be of the best available, and where we have to take a picnic lunch, it will be gourmet style. We have secured access to some new birding locations exclusively for this tour. The rewards will be some of the best photos of Australia’s most sought-after species: Nine Grasswrens! Add to this wonderful scenery, great camaraderie and a highly recommended guide/photographer: Laurie Ross, seats on this tour are sure to sell out quickly!