Trip report: Australia Photo Journey (Sep-Oct 2013) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Iain Campbell.

This was the third time I had guided this destination as a photo tour, although I had done it previously, many times, on birding tours. What made it all the more fun this time was having another Tropical Birding guide, Ecuadorian Jose Illanes, along too. After more than ten years of working with Tropical Birding, and continually hearing such great things about our Australian tours, (from both participants and guides), he wanted to see what all the hype was about. The extra set of brilliant eyes came in handy for both seeing and photographing extra species…

We started the tour in Darwin (in the Northern Territory), with an afternoon meet, and a little shooting near this birdy city. Most people arrived into Darwin exhausted, after the long journey to Australia, so we took it easy both with the first afternoon’s shooting (keeping this close to our “digs” for the night), and ate at our hotel, so that people could get the much-desired early night. That did not stop us spending time photographing the Ring-tailed Possum hanging around the gardens…

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