After a short introduction and slide show about Australian native birds, we will set out on a bird walk in one of two locations (private properties in Katoomba and Wentworth Falls) in the Blue Mountains depending on the season, weather and other conditions. The main aim is to actually see native birds in their natural settings and you will definitely see birds and often chicks. After the walk, we will return to a comfortable setting for a warm or cold drink (depending on the season) with time to discuss the bird sightings and answer any questions. We will discuss how to learn more about birds, including local, national and international groups. Time needed is approximately two and half hours. Please contact me for alternative dates.
JoAnne is an amateur birding expert who loves native Australian birds and observes them daily including endangered and threatened species. She is a member of the Blue Mountains Bird Observers and participates in bird counts with Birdlife Australia. She enjoys introducing Australian native birds to many people informally including their family groups, nesting habits, how they rear their chicks, and what we can all do to ensure native birds prosper. As a retired librarian, JoAnne can access to professional/specialist information and professional experts. Her aim is to share basic knowledge with others including a bird identification chart for birds found in the Blue Mountains region.
Hot or cold drinks depending on the season and weather.
We will meet at a private property in either Katoomba or Wentworth Falls depending on season and conditions. Each property has access to a lake, trails and lots of native birds. We will walk approximately 2 km depending on the conditions and how many birds we see. Usually, it is a slow pace so we can observe and see the wild birds from a distance. Note, it is a quiet walking experience with talking at the end of the walk.
Binoculars if you have them (we will have one or two to share)
This is a fun and enjoyable learning experience for all ages. Children may need some preparation so they are ready to listen and quietly observe on the walk. During the introduction and Q&A, talking and laughing are encouraged!
Native birds in the Blue Mountains