Alpine Birds, Plants, the Lot
with Ian Fraser
Freshen up in the crisp, clean mountain air with crystal rivers and alpine birds.
Your accommodation at eclectic Bimblegumbie is very relaxing with plenty of personal service. The award winning bush gardens make a pleasant early morning wander and a walk up the hill finds White-eared Honeyeaters, Pardalotes and Grey Shrike-thrushes aplenty.
Walking in the fragile alpine is very, very beautiful and unique. Flame Robins are conspicuous by the male with his striking orange-red breast and are found in the subalpine woodlands. Gang-gang Cockatoos are less obtrusive and usually heard by the cracking sounds of seeds as they feed. Red-necked wallabies are generally along the alpine ways and snow grass covered hills lead to sphagnum
This is the mating and nymph season for snow-country grasshoppers which are brightly coloured and spotted but the metallic beetles are hard to beat for flashy colour . And I am sure birds such as the prolific Little Ravens will be making short work of them.
Introducing your leader – Canberra based Ian Fraser who sums himslef up as follows :
Among my earliest memories are those of trailing through paddocks behind our home north of Adelaide, following Sleepy Lizards (ie Shinglebacks), guarded by our very patient bull terrier. I’ve never really stopped actually, except that I’ve now dispensed with the bull terrier. Second only to my passion for enjoying and trying to understand ‘the bush’ is my passion for sharing what I’ve learnt with others (and making up the rest).
I studied Zoology at Adelaide Uni back in the days when the occasional Diprotodon still roamed the Adelaide hills, and came to Canberra on the first day of 1980 to work for the local Environment Centre.
I’ve co-written 6 books on local natural history, most recently ‘Wildflowers of the Snow Country’.
All of this of course is so I can afford to work for the ABC, which I’ve done pretty continuously since April 1992, when I began ‘Nature Table’ with Elaine Harris. As well as doing a fortnightly live spot with David Kilby (2.30pm on Wednesdays), I’ve now recorded 160 of the ‘Around the Bush Capital’ snippets. And a selection of these have been released on CD as ‘The Four Seasons of the Bush Capital’. (Naturally, it comes highly recommended.)
Among natural history topics I of course don’t have any favourites. Well, except for birds. And orchids. I’ve been lucky enough to see over 600 Australian birds species in the wild but still get a thrill out of the galahs in the back yard. And the beauty and extraordinary deception of the native ground orchids gets me every time!
And just so as not to be totally type-cast, I should say I do have other interests… I also love music (chamber, jazz, folk), detective novels and cooking, particularly experimenting with spices.
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$1550.00 per person twin share/double
$150.00 single supplement
Please phone Follow That Bird to check if seats are available then fill in the booking form and mail with the deposit or full payment to Follow That Bird, 3/59 Central Road, Avalon, NSW 2107. Your place on the tour is not guaranteed until we receive the payment.
Follow That Bird aims to provide a high standard of interpretive guiding on each trip to make your birdwatching holiday a special one. With small groups, attention to personal service and lots of good fun, we’re sure you will enjoy your time with us.
If you have any unanswered questions, please phone Follow That Bird on 02 9973 1865