Oceania birdwatching guides and tours
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  • If you are you an independent birdwatcher, who does not care for large group tours, then Birdingpaltours is for you
  • Our tours are flexible, safe and the use of a local guide lets you participate in the planning
  • A local guide knows all the hotspots and you get the most out of your trip
  • You select the date and length for a trip to suit youself
  • If your time is limited, we’ll design a tour to fit your needs
  • A professional Birdingpal guide can customize your tour, and you will see the birds you want.
  • Your guide is also your travel companion, who will make sure you experience the native people, scenery, culture, history and food, first hand.
  • You will enjoy the advantage of all the attention you get in a small group, for the same price or perhaps even less, than you will pay if you travel with the large tour groups from other countries
  • Remember, the next time you travel, you do not have to miss the birdwatching if your partner or travel companions are non birders; a local guide is flexible, and will easily accommodate other needs too
  • Hiring a Birdingpal guide will boost the local economy and help protect birds other wildlife and their habitat


Papua New Guinea


Birding guide Peter Waanders, your local Birdingpal guide
Peter Waanders has been an avid birdwatcher since age 10. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Peter obtained a B Sc degree in Environmental Management and has worked in National Park management planning in the Czech Republic, ecological research in the Netherlands and Australia, and natural resource management planning and project management in Australia.
Peter has travelled extensively to over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Pacific in pursuit of his main interests: birdwatching and nature photography. His life list of bird species currently totals 1,800 and his collection of images is over 10,000. In 1996 Peter moved permanently to Australia and with wife Natasha purchased a property in South Australia consisting of mallee eucalypt scrubland and small orchards. Peter is currently employed by a semi-government catchment management authority and manages large environmental projects with a focus on floodplains, wetlands and biodiversity. He has initiated and undertaken numerous bird surveys. Peter has been conducting professional bird guiding trips throughout South Australia since 2000.

We'd been to Gluepot twice before, but despite three days of searching and following tips, we missed a number of crucial birds. Peter did an excellent job of finding all five lifers on our list, and then found us another 4 lifers we hadn't expected to see!
Neil Boyle, Canada, November 2005. Many thanks for a great day birding, 22 trip ticks including 12 lifers, it will take some beating! The most pleasurable thing was being able to get great views of all the birds.
Richard Banham, UK/Spain, November 2006. Thanks for doing such a good job of guiding us - yes, I do know who to recommend as a bird guide in South Australia! Stephen F. Bailey, Rockjumper birding tour guide, USA, December 2006

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Birding guide Mike Jarvis, your local Birdingpal guide
My interest in birds and wildlife has been lifelong, as a youngster I studied and memorized 'What Bird is That?' by Neville Cayley, when it was the only Australian bird field guide available. Since moving to Darwin in 2007, I have built up a working knowledge of Darwin's bird species and where to find them, including an understanding of the habitats, habits, and seasonal movements of the birds and animals. Birds, mammals, butterflies, lizards, turtles and frogs are all on the target list when you are in the field with me.

I was birding in the Darwin area and had the fabulous opportunity to bird with Mike Jarvis. Not only is Mike a good people person and a gentleman, he is an exceptional birder!! He knows the birds and where to find them. My birding experience with Mike was not only adventurous, but each location proved well for the birds we were in hopes of seeing. If you get the chance to go birding or do a nature tour with Mike, make sure you do it! Thank you, Mike, for sharing your time and expertise and also for sharing the beauty and birds of the Northern Territory!! Candy McNamee, Houston, Texas, USA
Mike Jarvis met us at our Darwin hostel at noon and took us to six birding areas that afternoon. We saw shore birds, passerines, raptors, and many other Australian birds. He took us to parks, sandy beaches, mangrove swamps and forest preserves. All the birds were new to us so he helped with the identification and we added 30 lifers that afternoon. Mike also suggested other places to visit in the Northern Territories as we continued our trip south. Afterwards we treated Mike and his wife to an enjoyable dinner. They provided an excellent introduction to our visit to Australia and we recommend Mike without reservation. Bill & Elaine Deutschman, Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA
Mike, We appreciate the time you spent with us today. The birding was the highlight of our trip to the NT. We went back to East Point at 6 PM and spotted a Rainbow Pitta! Thanks for describing the bird and its behaviour. It was a wonderful treat at the end of the day. We will check the photos you sent when we get home on Saturday. Best wishes. Tomas & Mya, Canberra, Aust.

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Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Peter and Mike.   

Papua New Guinea

Birding guide Joseph Tano, your local Birdingpal guide
Joseph is a specialist birding guide and has guided birdwatchers for over 30 years. He was worked with the following, who regard him as the best guide in PNG: Brian J. Coates's, Bruce M. Beehler, Tim Laman and David Atterbury. Joseph speak English.

Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Joseph.   

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Last update 20/02/2014