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:

Contact Patricia for details

Plains-wanderer report 2019


Mitchell Plateau charter for Black Grasswren 24 May 2020

 As per previous years, Australian Ornithological Services will run a one-day charter to the Mitchell Plateau at the end of our 2020 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. 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. At this point, we'll take five non-Top End tour participants' names and a $500 deposit for the Mitchell Plateau charter.
Birders keen to take this opportunity should contact me ASAP.

In 2020 we will celebrate 40 years of

The plains-wanderer story

The world's 100 most unique and endangered birds
The Guardian 11 April 2014


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There is a 5% discount for people booking two or more of our 2020 organised tours and for people booking a 2020 tour who participated in an AOS tour the prior year. Similarly, those booking a 2020 and a 2021 tour 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.


2020 tours

2020 Plains-wanderer Weekends
24/25 October 2020 Plains-wanderer Weekend ~ Full
14/15 November 2020 Plains-wanderer Weekend ~ Full
28/29 November 2020 Plains-wanderer Weekend

Top End birding tour
10 to 24 May 2020
Includes Darwin, Kakadu NP, Pine Creek, Katherine, Victoria River, Timber Creek (NT) and Kununurra (WA). Optional Mitchell Plateau charter 24 May 2020

Atherton Tablelands and Iron Range 1 to 14 June 2020
Part 1 Atherton Tablelands 1 to 6 June 2020
Part 2 Iron Range NP 6 to 14 June 2020

Gulf of Carpentaria 19 June to 6 July 2020

New Pilbara tour
The Pilbara birding tour 13 to 22 July 2020 (one place left)

The Pilbara birding tour NW WA 24 July to 2 August 2020 FULL

Alice Springs birding tour 7 to 17 August 2020 Now includes Marla in SA for chestnut-breasted whiteface and Yulara for sandhill grasswren.

Adelaide to Nullarbor Plain: contact Patricia to for availability and itinerary
5 to 20 September 2020

2020 Plains-wanderer Weekends

24/25 October 2020 Plains-wanderer Weekend ~ full
14/15 November 2020 Plains-wanderer Weekend~ full
28/29 November 2020 Plains-wanderer Weekend


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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