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Discover Top End tropical birdwatching

Darwin, AustraliaPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Holger & Sabine

3 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English, German

What you'll do

We will meet outside Darwin's Botanic Gardens and start our tropical birdwatching adventure right there. The Botanic Gardens offer a variety of different habitats where we will look for some of the iconic Top End species that thrive here. We will use binoculars to look for the more cryptic species and note down our observations. We will continue our walk outside of the Botanic Gardens to a coastal reserve where we will find many shorebirds. There is plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the scenery as well. I will tell you about the ecology of the birds and other wildlife that we encounter. After enjoying the plentiful tropical birdlife, we will sit down and make our observations count as a contribution to the citizen science project eBird. If you have a smartphone we will download the eBird App, open an account and submit our first observations to the global project dedicated to bird conservation. If you don't have a smartphone we can create an account on my tablet. At the end of the activity, you will have seen a beautiful part of Darwin, identified dozens of tropical birds and learned how to contribute to a citizen science project.
Other things to note
Free parking and public toilets are available. We will go on a leisurely walk during the experience. Please check the weather forecast for the day and dress accordingly.
We will meet outside Darwin's Botanic Gardens and start our tropical birdwatching adventure right there. The Botanic Gardens offer a variety of different habitats where we will look for some of the iconic Top End species that thrive here. We will use binoculars to look for the more cryptic species and note down our observations. We will continue our walk outside of the Botanic Gardens to a coastal reserve where we will find many shorebirds. There…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    1 spare set of binoculars
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Sat, 17 Apr
$71 per person
$71 per person
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$71 per person
Sun, 18 Apr
$71 per person
$71 per person

Meet your host, Holger & Sabine

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 14 Reviews
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I am an ecologist who has lived in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley for the last 12 years. During that time I have worked as an environmental consultant and national park ranger in a variety of locations. My passion is birdwatching and showing our amazing birds to visitors. I am an avid contributor to eBird, a global citizen science project, to which everybody can contribute. I was an eBird Australia 'eBirder of the year' in 2016. I want to introduce you to tropical birdwatching in Australia's Top End and show you how to make your observations count to protect birds in a citizen science project.
I am an ecologist who has lived in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley for the last 12 years. During that time I have worked as an environmental consultant and national park ranger in a variety of locations. My passion is birdwatching and showing our amazing birds to visitors. I am an avid contributor to eBird, a global citizen science project, to which everybody can contribute. I was an eBird Australia 'eBirder of the year' in 2016. I want to introduce you to tropical birdwatching in Aust…
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Where you'll be

We start the experience just outside the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. We first explore the variety of different habitats in the Botanic Gardens, depending on the last known location of birds, the weather and the ability and interests of the participants. We will proceed to the Mindil Beach Park and observe shorebirds afterwards. Following that, we will return to Eva's Cafe in the Botanic Gardens where participants get introduced to eBird.
Justine
January 2021
As a newcomer to birdwatching, this tour was a wonderful introduction to this practice, as well as a lovely way to enjoy the botanical gardens. The gentle pace of birdwatching was a good choice for a humid, hot Darwin morning, and Holger was a knowledgeable and charming host. Among the abundant birdlife, spotting an owl was a highlight. Highly recommended.
As a newcomer to birdwatching, this tour was a wonderful introduction to this practice, as well as a lovely way to enjoy the botanical gardens. The gentle pace of birdwatching was…
Adele
October 2020
A relaxed tour of the gardens. It allowed lots of space for exploring, observing and pondering. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with us!
Damien
September 2020
Great experience - they clearly had a deep knowledge of the birds of the region, and took their time finding birds/explaining. As a beginner, this was ideal for me. Highly recommended for people who live int he region, too, not just tourists - I had no idea I walked past so much wildlife daily.
Great experience - they clearly had a deep knowledge of the birds of the region, and took their time finding birds/explaining. As a beginner, this was ideal for me. Highly recommen…
Alex & Hannah
July 2020
We had a lovely afternoon at the gardens with Holger and Sabine. We are Darwin locals, but still learned a lot from this experience and enjoyed spending the time watching, listening and learning. Holger is very knowledgeable and has amazing eyes and ears for birds. The rufous owls and barking owls were a highlight for us. Would highly recommend!
We had a lovely afternoon at the gardens with Holger and Sabine. We are Darwin locals, but still learned a lot from this experience and enjoyed spending the time watching, listenin…
Melissa
October 2019
Holger was a knowledgeable and patient guide and had some good hot spots for several species. His ability to spot birds was amazing and we saw over 30 species in a few hours including a lifer for Holger and many more for me. What a great way to see the amazing Botanical gardens and do some bird spotting along the way. Highly recommended for any bird enthusiast.
Holger was a knowledgeable and patient guide and had some good hot spots for several species. His ability to spot birds was amazing and we saw over 30 species in a few hours includ…
Jan
August 2019
This was a very rewarding experience. It added a lot to my basic knowledge. It was unhurried and I recommend it to beginners and amateurs.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 2 and up can attend.

What to bring

Drinking water

Binoculars