Please browse through the events held in 2016.

The 2018 Program will be posted soon.

As always the focus of this four day event was the celebration of Bruny Island birdlife and included a variety of activities to suit all levels of birdwatching experience - and especially for those just beginning the journey.

2016 Festival  Program

Birdwatching Tours

Introduction to Bird Photography Workshop & Tour by Chris Tzaros

1:00pm Friday 14th, Barnes Bay CWA Hall, 678 Bruny Island Main Rd, North Bruny
(Turn north into the Bruny Island Main Rd (towards Dennes Point) and travel about 4.3km up that road to the Festival sign at the CWA Hall)

$100 adult $60 teen (10 - 17 yo) Bookings required. Max 20

Glean tips on photographing birds from an expert. Sessions will include a workshop presentation including a general introduction to digital photography, equipment, basic technical aspects of bird photography, field techniques, camera settings and photo editing/processing.

Car pool or bus trip to likely bird spots. In the field, you can experiment with technical aspects and Chris will demonstrate field techniques.  Afterwards, you can discuss/review your images and have more time for Q and A.Bring photography equipment

Day tour Bruny Island – Tasmanian Endemics

Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16th: 8:30am - 5:00pm (Monday if enough interest)
Meet at Adventure Bay Hall carpark

$190 pp. Bookings required. Min 6 people

Small group full day tours of Bruny Island with the aim of seeing all 12 of Tasmania’s endemic bird species plus a couple of specialities. Guided by an experienced Inala ornithologist, the day explores different habitats from coastal heath to cool temperate rainforests, and also includes a visit to the 1,500 acre, private reserve ‘Inala’ where you will learn of the threatened species conservation work undertaken there. The trip will target the 12 Tasmanian endemics and highlights include the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote, critically endangered Swift Parrot and Scrubtit and other Tasmanian endemics. BYO lunch (Snacks and cold drinks provided).

Bruny Island Seabird Cruise

11am Friday 14 October - Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Booking Centre, 915 Adventure Bay Road, Adventure Bay
$135 adult, child (3-16 yrs) $85. Bookings required. Max 43

The Bird Festival joins forces with multi-award-winning Bruny Island Cruises exploring the edge of the majestic Southern Ocean and Bruny Island’s abundant coastal sea life.
This specialist birding cruise will commence along the Bruny Island coastline, showcasing amazing scenery and offering a unique guided experience with Bird Festival expert seabird specialists: Paul Brooks and Dr Eric Woehler, who are passionate about birds.
Expect to see inshore seabirds – gannets, shearwaters, gulls and terns – and we hope to see some of the oceanic species - albatrosses, petrels and prions – and hear about them through the lens of our expert guides as they seek out the best possible birding experiences.  Expect also to see abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins and maybe even whales migrating back to their summer feeding grounds.

Bring warm & wet weather clothing, snacks and drink.

Southwest flight with Inala Nature Tours

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Costs TBA. Bookings required

Led by an experienced Inala ornithologist, this flight to the South-west World Heritage Area. Highlights include the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot and Eastern Ground Parrot.

Penguin & Shearwater Colony Tour

7.15pm Saturday 15th and 7:15pm Sunday 16th
Board buses at Festival Head Quarters, Adventure Bay Hall
$10 adult, Children under 15 and with an adult $5. Bookings required. Max 20

Bus tour to "The Neck" to view penguins and shearwaters returning to nesting burrows at dusk. Guided by Inala Nature Tours and BirdLife Tasmania expert guides. Hear of latest research on breeding numbers, population surveys and the potential impact of visitor facilities redevelopment.
Bring binoculars, torches with red cellophane to cover lens.
No flash photography.