From casual observing to something a bit more hard-core, The Melbourne Birder is a guided bird watching service available to anyone who wishes to see any of the wide array of Australian bird species available on
As your guide, we offer a variety of bird watching tours encompassing the broad range of habitats found in south-central
Victoria. Birdlife in this region is prolific, varied and exciting, and coupled with some of southern
Australia's most magnificent scenery only a short distance away from Melbourne, a visually stimulating and satisfying nature-based experience can be expected.
"...In Melbourne on business in September 2011, and
with exactly two non-consecutive days for bird photography, I decided to
hire Steve to help me get to the best places and to sort through the
myriad of species, mostly mysterious to me. Steve
was the perfect choice. His knowledge of birds, by sound and sight is
absolutely phenomenal - and he clearly enjoys what he's doing. He
picked out a two-day itinerary for me to maximize the diversity of
landscapes. The first day being wet and dry forest types to the NE of
Melbourne. The second day being coastal heath and bush along with the
Werribee ponds. Epic birding.
was great company - willing to push hard to keep up with my energy - but also keeping things loose. Taught me as much as I could absorb - and was excellent at honing in on some difficult targets. I got great
photos of my symbolic 'targets' for each day - a female Suberb Lyrebird
at Toolangi only a few feet away, and a pair of tricky Southern
Emu-wrens near Anglesea. Other photographic highlights included Rose
Robin, Pink Robin, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Long-billed Corella,
four Cuckoos, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and
Baillon's and Spotted Crakes. Steve even apologized for having family
obligations that kept him from spotlighting -after two 12 hour days.
All told 110 photographed birds. I'll definitely use his services
again..." Aaron Maizlish, USA