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NT Bird Specialists

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Darwin, Australia
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About NT Bird Specialists
NT Bird Specialists’ award-winning birdwatching, wildlife & photography tours are led by renowned Australian bird guide Luke Paterson (20 years experience, Darwin, Northern Territory). We cater to all types of birders/wildlife/nature photographers & tailor unique birdwatching itineraries. Join 1-day Darwin birdwatching/photography tours or multiday private & small group birding tours to explore northern Australia’s best birdwatching sites. Get immersed in outback wilderness seeking endemic, rare & target bird species, including Gouldian Finch, Black Grasswrens & Red Goshawk. Birdwatch Northern Territory, Kakadu, Alice Springs & Kimberley (Western Australia). Sri Lanka Birdwatching & Wildlife Safaris depart Feb-April. All inclusive personalised birdwatching tours with passionate & professional specialist bird guide. Cruises, lodging, meals, a/c luxury 4WD or modern mini-van, hotel pick up/drop off, spotting scope, field guides, binoculars, bird list & interpretation. Book early.
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Molly260 wrote a review 4 Sep
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
My husband is a bit of a birder, I'm a bit of a sketcher. So he knew what to expect - I didn't! Luke's knowledge and ability to find wildlife and birds blew me away! I went for opportunities to sketch unique landscapes, I will have six months of material! Not only that I'm now looking up more and identifying sounds. I've put my order in for a set of binoculars, I'll be painting birds next. This was such a highlight in Darwin. I recommend to non birders too, you'll be hooked like me! Thanks Luke for opening my eyes and ears. Anne Maree.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from NTBirdSpecialists, Owner at NT Bird Specialists
Responded 3 weeks ago
Wow, thanks so much Anne Maree! It's a pleasure to be a part of your new birding journey and I was very impressed with your ability to recognise the calls and identify different birds in the very limited time together :) Sarah and I are very much looking forward to seeing some of the artwork to come from this trip so please keep us posted! Look forward to birding with you both again in the future and seeing your creations. Kind regards and happy birding, Luke & Sarah
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Kathy wrote a review Aug 2021
Adelaide, Australia1 contribution
Great day trip. Luke knows his birds and where to find them. Visited Fogg Dam and Botanic Gardens. Plenty of birds and a lone croc. Delicious stylish lunch. Luke friendly and very obliging.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from NTBirdSpecialists, Owner at NT Bird Specialists
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you very much Kathy for your kind review! It was a pleasure taking you birding for the day around Darwin and we look forward to birding with you again in the future. Kind regards and happy birding, Luke and Sarah
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Erica W wrote a review Aug 2021
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We trusted the NT Bird Specialists to open our eyes and profoundly enrich our experience of Kakadu – and they did not disappoint. Mike Jarvis guided us into and around the vibrant living cultural landscapes of Kakadu with a quietly passionate and informative commentary. To journey through the extraordinary beauty and wonder of Kakadu always mindful of ethical travelling greatly enriched our experience; it was authentic, meaningful, joyful travel. We learnt volumes - and it was great fun. NT Bird Specialist provide a most memorable Australian experience - not only of birds but about all the world around us.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from NTBirdSpecialists, Owner at NT Bird Specialists
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks very much Gay for your kind words and review :) It's great to hear that you had a wonderful time out in Kakadu with Mike. It sure is such a magical place. It was a pleasure organising your travels in NT and we hope to have yourself and John join us again, keep in touch. Kind regards and happy birding, Sarah and Luke
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Steven D wrote a review Aug 2021
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A wonderful day yesterday (Saturday, 14/08/2021; 1DSB)! Thank you, Luke! We saw 79 species of birds, including some really hard-to-find ones (like Little Kingfisher and Bailon’s Crake). Please don’t be in any doubt about booking with NT Bird Specialists. If you’d like to know why, here’s three points: First, Luke was friendly, knowledgeable, capable and experienced. He really knew what he was doing, and we were in safe hands with respect to finding the places and the birds, as well as avoiding the potential dangers (such as crocodiles). Second, Luke’s ability to find birds was extraordinary, even uncanny! He found both Barking and Rufous Owls in the Botanical Gardens with little difficulty. Even when I knew where to look, I still found them a little difficult to locate. And I really don’t know how he saw that Little Kingfisher—silent and still in deep, dense cover. From conversations up and down the track we knew that many other birders that day had tried and failed to find that species. But we did! Third, if your time in Darwin is limited, booking with NT Bird Specialists really is a ‘no-brainer’. As an experienced holiday-birder, I know that Luke saved me significant time and considerable frustration: All that stressful trying to interpret written instructions, word-of-mouth guidance, mud-maps and Google Maps screen shots. He just knew where to go and where to park and what to expect to see, or to hope to see. Congratulations, Luke & Sarah, on an enterprise that really is a great blessing to your clientele and great value for money. PS., Yes, we saw the Rainbow Pitta.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from NTBirdSpecialists, Owner at NT Bird Specialists
Responded 2 weeks ago
Wow, thanks Steven for your kind words and review! It was an absolute pleasure taking you out for the day and what a day it was, Baillon's Crake (which excited a lot of birders around Darwin) & White-browed Crake, Little Kingfisher (the passing family that we showed I'm sure are still talking about it :) ), Rainbow Pitta, Rufous & Barking Owls, they just kept on coming... Really pleased that you appreciated all of the species seen and the service provided, it really means a lot to us. Thanks for supporting locals and we look forward to birding with you again in the future! Kind regards and happy birding, Luke & Sarah
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Dee B wrote a review Aug 2021
geelong37 contributions28 helpful votes
An amazing experience. Luke's personal attention and ability to adapt our tour to our key interests was much appreciated . The tour was extremely well organised and professionally managed. Luke's obvious passion for birds and knowledge of their habitat and calls meant that we discovered nearly 80 species, I highly recommend NT Bird Specialists.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from NTBirdSpecialists, Owner at NT Bird Specialists
Responded 14 Aug 2021
Thank you so much John and Dee, it was such a great day out and a pleasure meeting you both. Looking forward to seeing your photos and hope to tour again with you in the future. Kind regards and happy birding, Luke and Sarah
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