Australian Ornithological Services
Pty Ltd


Tour leaders
Philip Maher
Patricia Maher

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Female Plains-wanderer photo: Julian Teh


All birders wishing to take part in an AOS tour must be Covid 19 double-vaccinated and wear a mask when directed to do so by a tour leader.


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

Report on the 2020/2021 waterbird breeding event at Wanganella wetlands


Plains-wanderer report 2020

In 2020 we celebrated 40 years of

The plains-wanderer story


There is a 5% discount for people booking two or more of our 2022 organised tours and for people booking a 2022 tour who participated in an AOS tour in 2019/2021. Similarly, those booking a 2022/2023 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.


2022 birding tours


Wet Season Iron Range NP birding tours
04 — 10 January 2022 FULL
11 — 17 Janaury 2022 FULL
18 — 24 Janaury 2022 FULL

9 May t0 26 May 2022 Gulf Country birding tour Almost full


May/June 2022 Atherton Tablelands birding tour (places available)

June 2022 Iron Range NP birding tour FULL


Top End birding tour itinerary 2022 Almost full
Includes Darwin, Kakadu NP, Pine Creek, Katherine, Victoria River, Timber Creek (NT) and Kununurra (WA).

Part 1 Darwin to Katherine 22 June to 1 July 2022
Part 2 Katherine to Kununurra 1 July to 5 July 2022
Part 3 Optional Mitchell Plateau charter flight Mitchell Plateau, black grasswren excursion
6 July 2022.

Checklist of species seen on 2021 Top End tour

Pilbara birding tours July 2022
Tours 1 & 2 FULL
Checklist of species seen on the August 2019 Pilbara tours



The two July 2021 Pilbara tours were cancelled due to WA border restrictions

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

Cancelled due to border restrictions:
The Nullarbor birding tour 5 to 20 September 2021 FULL

2021 Plains-wanderer Weekends

16 & 17 October 2021 cancelled due to Covid pandemic border restrictions and lockdowns

30 & 31 October 2021 cancelled due to Covid pandemic border and travel restrictions

27 & 28 November 2021
species recorded link





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