This site is the result of three different 6 weeks trips to Australia, during which I became a real fan of birding and bird photography. Australian birds are easily approachable, colorful and abundant. And most are completely different from European Birds. I photographed over 140 different Australian bird species, most of which are endemic to Australia. Ranging form common back yard birds to rather rare birds confined to a small area in Australia. At this moment there is one photograph per species on the site but I plan to extend the site to all bird photographs (+1000 images).
In 2001 we travelled 6000 km in Northern Territory and Queensland: The Red Centre, Northern and Eastern Australia: Cairns - Cooktown, Alice Springs - Uluru - Alice Springs - Darwin - Broome.
In 2002 we travelled 9500 km In Western and Southern Australia, Victoria and New South Wales: Perth - Exmouth - Augusta - Albany - Perth and Adelaide - Sydney.
In 2008 we travelled almost 4000 km in eastern Australia, Queensland and New South Wales: Brisbane - Noosa - Woodgate Beach - Mundaburra - Cania Gorge NP - Toowoomba - Killarney - Lamington NP - Dorigo - Armidale - Coonabarabran - Gulgong - Blackheat - Katoomba - Sydney
We intend to visit Australia again in 2013, probably to Queensland and maybe also to Northern Territory.
Most interesting spots: Kakadu NP, Little Desert NP, Cape range NP, Ningaloo Reef NP, Great Barrier Reef NP, Otway NP, Mereenie Loop Road, Olgas, Nitmiluk NP, Litchfield NP, Windjana Gorge, The Kimberley, Yanchep, Daintree NP, Mossman Gorge. Cania Gorge NP, Bunya Mountains NP, Lamington NP, Warumbungle NP and the Blue Mountains NP.
In 2001 and 2002 I used a Canon EOS 5/EOS 3 and a Canon 100-400 IS L lens and Fuij Color slides. Last year I scanned 6000 Slides using an Reflecta Digitdia 5000 scanner and Silverfast software.
In 2008 I upgraded to a Canon 5D full frame digital camera delivering 12 MP images.
In an older version of this website I had a lot of links to specific bird calls in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Archives. But sadly these sound files are not available any more in a usuable format. I am looking for another source with sound files I can use or link to from my site. If you have a site that allows deep linking to specific sound files please contact me. Of course I will also create a link to your starting page from my site.
Ausbirds (at) xs4all.nl