Australian Ornithological Services
Pty Ltd


Tour leaders
Philip Maher
Patricia Maher

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Female Plains-wanderer photo: Julian Teh


Australian Ornithological Services no longer has a landline number. Please phone Patricia on mobile number
041 731 0200

Birders are looking for companions for personal tours on:

A keen bird photographer is looking for a companion or two to share three days in the Victorian mallee and a day /evening around Deniliquin. No set dates yet but the Victorian border will need to open to NSW before this excursion occurs.

Contact Patricia for details

Plains-wanderer report 2019
Plains-wanderer report 2020 coming soon

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Mitchell Plateau charter for Black Grasswren 19 MAY 2021

As per previous years, Australian Ornithological Services will run a one-day charter to the Mitchell Plateau at the end of our 2021 Top End tour. It involves fixed-wing to the Mitchell Plateau airstrip and then helicopters to the campground. The plane booked is a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (13 seats) and the helicopters are six-seat Long Rangers. This day is not part of our commercial Top End tour in that we don¹t charge our Top End participants, or the non-tour participants who elect to join them, a professional guiding fee for the day. The 2020 cost of the Mitchell Plateau charters if there are nine participants plus guide is approximately $1,032 per person, eight participants, $1,161.00 and seven participants, $1,327.00. (Please note, these are 2020 prices). Black grasswren, Kimberley honeyeater and the yellow-eyed form of partridge pigeon are the key birds for the day. It is also a spectacular flight.


There is a 5% discount for people booking two or more of our 2021 organised tours and for people booking a 2021 tour who participated in an AOS tour in 2019. Similarly, those booking a 2021 and a 2022 tour together will get a 5% discount on both tours. 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.



Includes Darwin, Kakadu NP, Pine Creek, Katherine, Victoria River, Timber Creek (NT) and Kununurra (WA).
Optional Mitchell Plateau charter
Part 1 Darwin to Katherine 05 May to 14 May 2021
Part 2 Katherine to Kununurra 14 May to 19 May 2021
Part 3 Mitchell Plateau, black grasswren excursion 19 May 2021 charter flight

Atherton Tablelands and Iron Range NP FULL
June 2021

Part 1 Atherton Tablelands 31 May to 5 June 2021
Part 2 Iron Range NP June 2021 5 June to 13 June 2021

Pilbara birding tours 2021
29 June to 8 July 2021
12 July to 21 July 2021

The Central Australia tour (aka the Alice Springs tour) 6 to 16 August 2021
Now includes Marla in SA for chestnut-breasted whiteface and Yulara for sandhill grasswren.

The Nullarbor birding tour September 2021 FULL

2021 Plains-wanderer Weekends
16 & 17 October 2021
30 & 31 October 2021
27 & 28 November 2021



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