September 28, 2013 11:59
in Wildlife by Nea ::
Barry Davies is a renowned bird watching guide who just so happened to stay for a weekend at Mt Barney Lodge recently. He is actually a “local” – that is, he also lives within the Scenic Rim – but his outlook is quite different. He lives on the edge of the lush rain forest of the Lamington National Park, and as you can imagine, very different birds can be seen there.
He was generous enough to email us a birdlist of his observed birds soon after his visit, and he has referenced both birds seen and heard (H). The bird names that appear are confirmed sightings from bird experts at and around Mt Barney Lodge. Barry added a new name to the list - the White-cheeked Honeyeater. This was seen many times at an August flowering gum near Split Rock Waterhole, and so brings the total birdlist tally of birds seen at Mt Barney Lodge to 140.
A little bit about Barry – he is a humble gentleman, so you won’t easily learn about the depth of his expertise – so let’s talk about his achievements first. He was the Winner of the 2005 and 2009 Ecotourism Australia Eco Guide of the Year. He has been a guide for more than 25 years, kicking off as a guide at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge in Lamington NP. He still conducts tours in the area for groups and individual bird watchers. He created his own business to share his unique skills in 2004, and this is known as Gondwana Guides. These days he now leads walking and bird watching tours in all Australian mainland states, New Zealand, Norfolk Island and Papua New Guinea.
In his spare time at home he does Environmental and Ecotourism Consulting, often in the fields of vegetation management, the flora, fauna and rehabilitation aspects of mining lease applications, interpretive signage, walking track design and ecotourism tour design and training.
Mt Barney Lodge was lucky enough to have Barry as the Lead Guide during our 2010 and 2011 Birdweek, where Barry had a gruelling 5-day schedule of interpretative workshops and field trips. He still managed to get up early and observe the platypus in his spare time – such is his genuine love of nature!! Innes and Tracey owe a lot of their birding skills to the osmosis which takes place when you are in Barry’s company – his stories and anecdotes about the birds he brings to your attention are “sticky” enough for you to recall when you are on your own at a later date.
Check out Gondwana Guides for some of the interesting tours Barry has planned this year, including Uluru, Tasmania and the Bunya Mountains. Mt Barney Lodge can also highly recommend the services of International Park Tours fully supported walking holidays, and Barry will be their lead guide to New Zealand, Tasmania, and Queensland Lava Tubes to Lawn Hill in 2014. Or contact him to hook up for some personalized birding closer to home – great idea for a group activity or a birthday party idea for any age.