Australian Ornithological Services
Pty Ltd


2018 — 2019

Tour leaders
Philip Maher
Patricia Maher

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Female Plains-wanderer photo: Julien Teh


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Vale Dr Colin Officer OAM,
1928 — 2017

Dr Colin Officer died in the closing hours of 2017. He was our friend and supporter for thirty years. Colin was the best kind of birdwatcher, that is, a conservationist. There are a number of reserves that Colin was instrumental in creating. The Dr Colin Officer Flora Reserve, a quality remnant bushland at Broadford in Victoria, is recognition of Colin's environmental advocacy. He received an OAM in 2004 for his work as an environmentalist and a medical practitioner in Seymour, Victoria.

An urbane gentleman of the old school, Colin was a bibliophile with an impressive knowledge of military history among myriad topics — not the least, natural history. His uncle was Brigadier Hugh R Officer, author of four books on Australian birds. His aunt Edith and father collected plant specimens, lodged at the NSW Herbarium, from Zara Station, Wanganella, when the Officer family owned Zara in the latter part of the 19th Century and early 20th. Some of these plant species have long been extinct on the Riverine Plain. Like his forebears, Colin understood that knowledge is the foundation stone of conservation.

Colin was one of those unforgettable clients who colour in our lives. His funeral was held at Christ Church in Seymour on Monday, 8 January.

2017 Plains-wanderer report

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In 2010 we celebrated 30 years of

The plains-wanderer story

The world's 100 most unique and endangered birds
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There is a 5% discount for people booking two or more of our 2018 organised tours and for people booking a 2018 tour who participated in an AOS tour the prior year. This offer does not include plains-wanderer weekends, the New Caledonia tour, personal tours or single supplements and some other exclusions (talk to Patricia about these exclusions).

The tours where good food and birding meet.




2018 birding tours

Tasmania birding and mammal tour
3 to 10 February 2018
trip report posted soon

Alice Springs birding tour FULL
21 April to 28 April 2018


Top End birding 2018

23 May to 6 June 2018
6 June 2018 Mitchell Plateau flight for black grasswren open to birders wishing to do just that day. Contact Patricia for details.



By popular demand!
New Atherton Tablelands and Iron Range NP 2018

13 to 26 June 2018 FULL



Gulf of Carpentaria, now including rusty grasswren
3 July to 20 July 2018 check availablility

Atherton Tablelands and Iron Range NP 2018
Part 1: 26 to 31 July 2018 Four places available
Part 2: 31 July to 8 August 2018 FULL


New Caledonia
18 to 25 August 2018 Two places available


Strzelecki Outback tour

2 to 21 September 2018 Four places available

Plains-wanderer Weekends 2018

20 & 21 October 2018 One place left

3 & 4 November 2018 One place left
17 & 18 November 2018 Four places left
1 & 2 December 2018
Two places left




Gulf of Carpentaria tour July 2019 half full

Atherton Tablelands and Iron Range July - August 2019 FULL


trip reports


Personal tours in the Deniliquin region as well as Chiltern/Beechworth and the Victorian mallee

Individual and small group private tours are fitted in
around advertised tours