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Day Trip Details

Price, pick up points
and what to bring are at the bottom of this page
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Rock Warbler by Janene Luff

Wheeny Creek & Wilberforce Waders


Saturday 11 March 2017
Guide: Edwin Vella

A little hideaway is Wheeny Creek, close to the heart as Rockwarblers fossick along the ledges and Pacific Bazas soar overhead. Plenty to keep the avid birdwatcher busy here and lots of introductions for new birders. We will also visit Edwin's special wader areas. Wherever the hot spots are, we will be there in returning wader season.


Departs
Killara - 8.30am, return 5.30pm approx
Macquarie Street - 8.00am, return 6.00pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Great Crested Grebe

Robertson Birding


Saturday 25 March 2017
Guide: Bob Ashford

Beside Wingecarribee Dam there are a variety of bush birds from robins to Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and on the Dam itself Great-crested Grebes glide elegantly.
We'll also be visiting other hot spots in Morten National Park and Bong Bong Weir. The delightful southern highlands village of Robertson is a perfectly charming place to eat ice-cream too.
Wherever there are birds, we'll be there!


Departs
Killara - 7.30am, return 6.30pm approx
Macquarie Street - 8.00am, return 6.00pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Spotted Quail-thrush

Yengo National Park


Saturday 20 May 2017
Guide: Edwin Vella

Let's go exploring the vast wilderness of Yengo National Park. North west of Sydney the Park is a rugged landscape of steep gorges and rocky ridges, perfect for birds to thrive quietly. Don't worry we will be walking easy paths and quaint countryside with meandering creeks.

Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed Wilderness area FTB will open your eyes to evermore wonders on Sydney's doorstep.

Departs
Killara - 8.30am, return 5.00pm approx
Macquarie Street - 8.00am, return 5.30pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Black-browed Albatross by Nevil Lazarus

Kamay Botany Bay NP Seabirding


Saturday 3 June 2017
Guide: Edwin Vella

Seabirds are the main items on the menu today and we are hoping for complementary weather conditions. This day trip takes the seasick out of boat trips with your feet well planted on solid ground. You can still witness gannets, shearwaters, and maybe an albatross. Book in for some great discussion on seabird ID, as well as Southern Emu-wren possibilities, waders, and the elusive Lewin's Rail.


Departs
Killara - 8.30am, return 5.00pm approx
Macquarie Street - 8.00am, return 5.30pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Eastern Spinebill

Beginner Birders 2 Day Course


Saturday 10 June & 17 June 2017
Guide: Edwin Vella

A 2 day course for complete beginners, and all those who have ever wanted to ask questions on how to identify birds. Often when you have plucked up the courage to ask that question you receive a short answer that only starts you wanting more. Well this is the course for you.

From binoculars, telescopes and field guides, to habitats, migration and conservation these two days are conducted in the field so immediate practical application will inbed the information and new skills.
Course program on request.


Departs
10 June, Killara - 8.00am, return 5.30pm approx
10 June, Macquarie Street - 8.30am, return 5.00pm approx
17 June, Macquarie Street - 7.30am, return 5.30pm approx
17 June, Killara - 8.00am, return 5.00pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Powerful Owl by Chris Charles

Winter Solstice Night Spotlighting


Saturday 24 June 2017
Guide: Steve Anyon-Smith

Close to solstice, night comes so early that night spotting is just begging to be taken advantage of. FTB's intrepid birders will be itching to sight an Owlet-nightjar and Tawny Frogmouth on these level walking areas, wide awake and a-hunting; quite different from the daytime views of these beautifully feathered birds.

Afternoon tea will be served about 5.00pm.
Dress warmly, bring a torch and a snack if you need something to hold you over till dinner.


Departs
Killara - 2.00pm, return 10.30pm approx
Macquarie Street - 2.30pm, return 10.00pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Bassian Thrush by Neil Fifer

Wild Walk with Birds & Caves


Saturday 1 July 2017
Guide: Steve Anyon-Smith

A good strong walk in Royal National Park, which track specifically? Well, that will be chosen closer to the date so that we are taking advantage of the best bird sightings, where the flowers are blooming, combined with some great caves in the Royal, full of ancient paintings and off the well beaten tracks.

Moderate to strong walk with short stops for everything of interest.


Departs
Killara - 8.00am, return 5.30pm approx
Macquarie Street - 8.30am, return 5.00pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Yellow-facedHoneyeater by Neil Fifer

Mittagong - Belanglo State Forest


Saturday 5 August 2017
Guide: TBA

Belanglo State forest is an excellent birding spot, west of Moss Vale and is mainly dry woodland on fabulous Sydney sandstone and, commercial pine forest. We'll walk Miners Despair Loop an easy grade with a slow upward slope towards the end, overlooking a beautiful deep fern-clad gully. Birds to be on the look out for are Scarlet Robin, Leaden Flycatcher, Rockwabler, Common Bronzewing and maybe a Grey Currawong. Of course this is an infamous spot that you'll remember when walking past the memorial to those who died.


Departs
Killara - 7.30am, return 6.00pm approx
Macquarie Street - 8.00am, return 5.30pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Leaden Flycatcher by Nevil Lazarus

Bird & Wildflower Walk in RNP


Saturday 2 September 2017
Guide: Steve Anyon-Smith

There are some great walks in Royal National Park south of Sydney that are awash with wildflowers this time of year so not only do we enjoy the beauty but the birds are flying amuck feeding on the flowers and enjoying the sunshine of a fine Spring day. By the day's end you will be familiar with rainforest, woodland and heath habitat and the birds that are associated such as Satin Bowerbirds, Eastern Spinebills and even a Beautiful Firetail with luck!

Some short uneven sections with 3 hours walking expected, but with plenty of stops!


Departs
Killara - 7.30am, return 6.00pm approx
Macquarie Street - 8.00am, return 5.30pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Ruddy Turnstone by Nevil Lazarus

Katandra Bushland Sanctuary & Long Reef


Saturday 23 September 2017
Guide: Edwin Vella

A Fan-tailed Cuckoo greeted me on my arrival at Katandra, the boronia and pale yellow acacia swayed in the gentle breeze bringing peace to my hurried being. Dappled sunlight prompted me to reflect on the beauty of the wildflowers so close to where I live yet rarely visited.

Come for a scout to spy some unusual birds, lunch in the "wildflowering" bush and down to Long Reef to greet the arriving summer waders. Wear non-slip shoes.


Departs
Killara - 8.30am, return 5.00pm approx
Macquarie Street - 8.00am, return 5.30pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Azure Kingfisher by Nevil Lazarus

Killalea Lagoon


Saturday 21 October 2017
Guide: Bob Ashford

This well kept secret lagoon on the south coast is very beautiful and set right beside the sea we have the very best of both habitats.

All three crakes have been seen well as bitterns, Tawny Grassbirds, even Southern Emu-wrens sighted here on a good day.

Even on a bad day you will learn about ducks like Australasian Shovelers, Pink-eared Duck and Hardheads.

First-rate birds with your guide to keep the identification correct. Leisurely walking with an uphill at the end taken in small bursts.


Departs
Killara - 8.00am, return 5.30pm approx
Macquarie Street - 8.30am, return 5.00pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Ruff,female by Christina Port

Hexham Swamp


Saturday 18 November 2017
Guide: Christina Port

Hexham Swamp outside Newcastle can be a hot spot and in November 2016 there were two juvenile Black-necked Storks. In previous years there have been a Ruff and Reeve, Broad-billed Sandpiper, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper and a reported Eastern Yellow Wagtail.

Stockton Sandspit is quite a hike and a tremendous spot to watch flocks of waterbirds. Take advantage of the influx and book your seat now for the Newcastle day trip express - a rare bird sighting is a strong possibility.


Departs
Killara - 8.30am, return 5.30pm approx
Macquarie Street - 8.00am, return 6.00pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Superb Lyrebird

Minnamurra Falls


Saturday 2 December 2017
Guide: Bob Ashford

Travelling to the south of Sydney through the beautiful Jamberoo Valley we will head to the Budderoo National Park.

Minnamurra Rainforest is part of this amazing tropical rainforest and home to a great number of exciting birds and rare plants. We should be able to hear and usually see Superb Lyrebirds in the cool rainforest on our walk up to the falls.

Elevated boardwalks showcase this magnificent rainforest with its huge trees and crystal clear streams. We will be walking to the drop of the Falls and lunching beside them, so a moderate walk.


Departs
Killara - 7.30am, return 6.00pm approx
Macquarie Street - 8.00am, return 5.30pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Ever Intrepid Steve, our guide

Summer Night Spotlighting


Saturday 9 December 2017
Guide: Steve Anyon-Smith

Such a good Saturday night out, and more wildlife during the peak season of summer.

Intrepid birders will be itching to sight a Tawny Frogmouth on the level walking areas, quite different from the daytime views of these beautifully feathered birds. There are dear little Sugar Gliders and last year a Owlet Nightjar flew around us held in the spotlight beam.

Delicious picnic dinner is included in the price and any special dietary requirements should be mentioned when booking your seat. $150.00 per person includes dinner.


Departs
Killara - 2.00pm, return 11.30pm approx
Macquarie Street - 2.30pm, return 11.00pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

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Happy Birders 2016

Christmas Party Hot Spot


Saturday 16 December 2017
Guide: TBA

Each year there is a birding site we visit where are desparate to get back to because it was just so good. That is the perfect spot to revisit so not sure which direction we will be heading but when it is obvious I will update this blurb. Rest assured it will be a beauty of a day so do not hesitate to book now!


Departs
Killara - 8.00am, return 6.00pm approx
Macquarie Street - 7.30am, return 6.30pm approx

Price, pick up point details and what to bring are at the bottom of this page

Day Trip Details

Cost
is $135.00 payable by credit card over the phone when booking or by cash/cheque on boarding the bus. Includes GST and all entry fees unless otherwise stated.

What to bring
binoculars, your lunch, a hat, a pen, comfortable covered non-slip walking shoes, raincoat/umbrella, sun screen and insect repellent, water bottle (tea and coffee are provided for morning tea and lunch).

City pick-up - Macquarie Street
outside the top entrance to the Automobile Club, 89 Macquarie Street (Opera House end of Macquarie Street, close to the Cahill Expressway overpass).

City pick-up - Or Bathurst Street (only one location each tour as per each Day Trip description above)
on the corner of Kent and Bathurst Street, outside Kathmandu on the south west corner of Town Hall city block.

Killara pick up
is on the Pacific Highway side of Killara Railway Station in front of the council carpark in Culworth Avenue.

Please be 15 minutes early and if you are running late, please phone us on the mobile phone 0403 875 416


Check First
either by phoning or emailing Follow That Bird on 02 9973 1865 to check if seats are available




Follow That Bird   Phone: +61 2 9973 1865
Email:tours@followthatbird.com.au
3/59 Central Road
Avalon Beach NSW 2107
(Sydney) Australia
- Sydney's Birding Company  
Photos of Splendid Fairy-wren and Diamond Firetail by Nevil Lazarus. Header design by Participant Daphne Gonzalvez.