Ben is a passionate birder and ecologist based on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. He has over 30 years birding experience throughout Australia and Internationally and over 25 years involvement in nature-based tourism, including successfully running his own birding tour business for several years.
Ben’s easy- going nature and relaxed style somewhat belie his skills and determination in the field. With his knowledge of bird calls and understanding of the habitat requirements of particular species, he can often reveal natural wonders previously hidden to the inexperienced observer.
Extensive experience working as an ecologist and wildlife management consultant on various projects has enabled Ben to develop his knowledge of Australian mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and their habitats. This broad knowledge will be appreciated by those with a wider interest in the ecology of the regions visited.
In recent years Ben has successfully led bird photography tours in Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. He understands the challenges and conditions required to help you capture the special images of the birds and wildlife encountered.
“You were so patient and understanding of our interests and continually looking after our comfort and safety. In addition, your birding skills are remarkable; such eyes and ears. These combined with your broad knowledge of natural history made our visit most memorable. Thanks! Everything you did was so much appreciated by all of us”.
~ Bob Flemming, USA
“This man has a gift, everywhere we went birds seemed to magically appear”
~ Tom Freeland, USA
"Thank you for a great couple of days birding. I have to say they were two of the best I think I have ever had! Great places, and wonderful views of some fantastic birds. And great guiding to make it all possible! You were great company, but your approach suited me just fine too. I have been out before with guides who have just pointed out birds, identified them and that’s that. I really liked the fact that you took the time to tell us just why it was what it was, and to give us tips on behaviour/ habitat etc too. I really learnt a lot, and it is always a pleasure to be out with someone who is obviously passionate about their subject, and who is also happy to pass on what they know to those less experienced amongst us. Thanks once again."
~ Cheryl, UK.
“We had a great trip up to Iron Range and we were very fortunate to see all the specials, thanks to you and your excellent eyes. I have birded with many excellent bird guides and you are definitely among the very best”
~ Jarmo Komi, Finland.
"We had a really fantastic time in Oz, and the undoubted highlight of it was our tour with you to Iron Range, which was absolutely excellent and certainly one of the highlights of our birding lives. Spending time with someone like you, who knows so much not only about the birds but about everything else there too, was great. We'd like to thank you for everything you did to make the trip such a success - the way you get people onto birds is outstanding. Once again, thanks so much for a brilliant trip"
~ Paul and Fi, UK.
"I can't thank you enough for the wonderful time up and around the Cape - you were great in the Atherton, but sensational in the Cape. This has really been the absolute highlight of my birding career, a thousand thanks"
~ Sue, Australia.
"This was the best day of my birding life"
~ Ralph, Germany.
"Thanks again for the great birding trip, we really enjoyed the day with you"
~ Don, Philippines.
"Sandi and I both had an incredible time bird-watching. It was definitely the highlight of our trip. Thanks so much"
~ Zach, USA.
"We will always remember our day out with you, especially the riflebird and the cassowary"
~ Mark and Tracey, UK.