“Photographing Raptors and Endemics at the edge of the world”
David Stowe & Inala Photography Tour
4-8th July 2018
We are very excited to announce a collaboration between ourselves and the award-winning photographer David Stowe who runs Flock Wildlife with his photographic partner Henry Cook.
Environmental respect and preservation and nature conservation is integral to the core of both businesses.
A photography workshop and tour on Bruny Island with access to the brand-new Inala photography hides including the latest raptor hide featuring one way glass and incredible proximity to Tasmania’s raptors.
3 Days of interactive bird photography tours, presentations and post-field learning and technique workshops.
Professional photographer David Stowe will show you practical bird photography techniques and the how to get the best possible photographic results in a respectful and environmentally responsible manner. You will also be joined by a local expert Inala guide Cat Davidson who knows all the hidden secrets of Bruny Island and will lead you to the perfect habitats and locations to find the birds and hopefully get your shots, interpretation of flora, fauna and all the unique ecology of Bruny Island will enhance your knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the wildlife you are capturing with your lens.
Depending on numbers, we may also be joined by fellow Flock Wildlife photographer Henry Cook. The combined passion, knowledge and expertise of the Flock Wildlife and Inala Teams will make this an unforgettable experience where science, conservation and creativity meet.
We shall allow the weather, birds and conditions dictate each days plans, nothing will be set in stone and with all locations and habits so accessible to Inala we can be very flexible.
With a group size of four people minimum, eight people maximum, this tour will allow for the highest level of one on one photography tuition and guiding and best access to the Inala Raptor Hide and Pardalote Platform. We will be able to tailor the time with each individual to assist you with your specific photographic challenges, creative wishes and camera styles.
Day 1: 4th July - Arrive Hobart, meet your guides around midday and drive to Bruny - Dinner, Chat (perhaps short intro / composition workshop)
Accommodation: Cottage on private Inala Reserve Meals: D
Day 2: 5th July - Inala Property Exploration, Raptor Hide + Evening workshop
Accommodation: Cottage on private Inala Reserve Meals: B L D
Day 3: 6th July - Adventure Bay, Mavista, Mt Mangana, Neck etc. Day Exploration + Night Tour (Neck + North)
Accommodation: Cottage on private Inala Reserve Meals: B L D
Day 4: 7th July - Cloudy Bay, Lighthouse + Night tour (Inala Property) and /or Evening recap workshop
Accommodation: Cottage on private Inala Reserve Meals: B L D
Day 5: 8th July - North Bruny exploration and Return to Hobart
Accommodation: None Meals: B L
David Stowe - David is a full time Accredited Professional Photographer and AIPP Master of Photography. He was Overall Winner of 2015 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Other achievements include being awarded the AIPP Science, Wildlife Photographer of the Year in two consecutive years. With almost 25 years’ experience, his love and expertise in photography extends from weddings to wildlife, with a passion for the art of image making and teaching.
Cat Davidson - Cat is a nature guide in the Inala guiding team. Before Inala, Cat worked in Lamington National Park in lush subtropical Queensland as a bird guide and prior to that as a war & wildlife tour guide in the remote and windswept Falkland Islands. Cat has travelled widely and has a passionate and diverse background in nature guiding.
Henry Cook - Henry is an ecologist with a Masters in Applied Science. An award-winning photographer, he has taken out the Threatened Species category of the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year, and been a finalist a number of times. Henry is an integral part of The Difficult Bird Research Group and has raised almost $200,000 for on the ground conservation projects to help Swift and Orange-bellied Parrots through his crowdfunding campaigns.
Henry will join the group as a 2nd photography guide if the numbers rise over 6 Pax.
Inala Private Reserve, Tonia Cochran’s privately owned 1,500 acre sanctuary on south Bruny Island. This is the site of Tonia’s business and home and she has been helping care for and preserve this land for 30 years. It is a Land for Wildlife property and has been conservation covenanted.
Diverse Bird Habitats - Inala is home to 95 species of birds, including many endangered species (Forty-spotted Pardalote, Tasmanian subspecies of Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-eagle, white morph of the Grey Goshawk and Masked Owl). All of the 12 Tasmanian endemic birds have been seen here.
Approximately 80% of the property is covered in native vegetation, which ranges from tall wet eucalypt forest with some rainforest species, to wetlands and heathlands. The balance is pasture, which provides habitat for additional native species such as the Tasmanian Native Hen, Swamp Harrier, and Red-necked (Bennett’s) Wallaby. A number of conservation projects, such as tree planting, also provide important wildlife habitat.
There are a number of walking tracks throughout the reserve, allowing access to different types of habitat and key wildlife viewing areas.
Endangered Birds - Of primary importance is preserving and creating habitat for the Forty-spotted Pardalote and Swift Parrot, both of which are Endangered. Inala is home to one of the largest known colonies of Forty-spotted Pardalote, one of Tasmania’s most sought-after endemics, and is an important breeding refuge for Swift Parrots, with 12 nest sites officially recorded in the summer of 2015-16. (Note: At the time of year that this tour will run, it is very unlikely there will be any Swift Parrots around )
Bird Hides - Several hides have been constructed in key viewing areas including a raptor viewing hide and a brand-new raptor photography hide with one way glass which we believe is the first of its kind in Australia and of a world class standard.
Pardalote Platform - View at close range the Endangered Tasmanian endemic Forty-spotted Pardalote from the purpose-built canopy platform within one of its largest known colonies. The elevated viewing platform for Forty-Spotted Pardalotes has been built with very easy access from both Inala Cottages. David Stowe was of great assistance in establishing the height and size of the platform designed with photographers in mind.
Jurassic Garden and Nature Museum – The beautiful garden features over 400 Gondwanan species of plants and attracted a diverse array of birds as well as providing beautiful botanical features to be admired and photographed. A chance perhaps for some macro photography practice. Forty species of native terrestrial orchids, an amazing diversity of plant species, and several species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians also occur on Inala.
Indoor and outdoor venues – If the weather is temperamental, there are several warm and dry locations at Inala where indoor photography sessions and workshops can be held and screens and projectors can be set up for evening slideshows.
High-quality on-site accommodation – You will be staying within the Inala property in our two cottages which have comfortable living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.
Bruny Island Highlights
Bruny Island is world famous as a location of stunning landscapes and incredible wildlife. Situated 40km south of Hobart, Bruny Island is separated from the Tasmanian mainland by the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, and accessed by a vehicle ferry.
A well as exploring the Inala Private Reserve we will have the time to explore and photograph North and South Bruny
Cape Bruny – In the furthest South, Australia’s 2nd oldest lighthouse stands proudly against a backdrop of towering Jurassic Dolerite cliffs, windswept heathlands and the pounding surf of the Southern Ocean. (Next stop Antarctica!) The landscape photography opportunities are endless and with numerous flora and fauna at the site as well as buildings of historical significance, it is a remarkable place to capture in many ways.
Adventure Bay - Historic and scenically beautiful, you will see beautiful beaches, and cool temperate rainforests containing some Gondwanan and Tasmanian endemic flora. Search for Hooded Plovers, White-bellied Sea-eagles, Kelp and Pacific Gulls and, if you are lucky, Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Shy Albatross, and rafts of thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters. Stroll along a streamside reserve lined with giant tree-ferns while searching for the elusive Tasmanian endemic small-brown-birds: Scrubtit, Tasmanian Scrubwren and Tasmanian Thornbill, as well as the striking Pink Robin. This is the ideal location to learn about photography in the challenging rainforest conditions.
Mt Mangana – The highest peak on Bruny Island (571 m) has many winding trails and beautiful lookouts where there are strikingly diverse forest types from cool temperate rainforest to Eucalypt plantations. There are also historical remains from the era of logging and the Clennents Mill. Texture, Shapes and Light variations abound as new photography challenges.
Neck – The narrow sandy strip connect North and South Bruny provides stunning iconic views of the island and is home to a colony of Short-tailed Shearwaters and Little Penguins which we will visit at Dusk and Night fall to practice both dusk and red-light photography. (July is not the breeding season; however some Penguins remain at the Neck year round)
North Bruny – The North Island has many beautiful beaches, forests, coastline and open fields. There are lagoons to visit and flora and fauna found in the North that are not seen in the South.
Group Size: Four people minimum, eight people maximum, for the highest level of one on one tuition and guiding and best access to the Inala Raptor Hide and Pardalote Platform.
Tour Price: $3,900pp twin share based on a minimum of 4 people
Single Supplement: $160 single supplement for own room/shared bathroom (or $400 single supplement if they want their own cabin and bathroom nearby).
Inclusions: 4 nights en suite accommodation, specialist guiding and transport for day and night tours as outlined above, all meals as outlined in the itinerary, activities outlined in the itinerary, National Park entry fees, Bruny Island ferry fares, GST.
Exclusions: international or domestic Australian airfares, breakfast and lunch on day 1, the airport transfer on day 1, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and expenses of a personal nature (snacks, travel insurance, internet, laundry, tips etc). Dinner on day 5.
Photography Ability - Suitable for all levels of photography and birding knowledge, all that is needed is a thirst to learn and a respect for the natural world.
Photography Equipment - DSLR preferred but not essential
- Additional services: We are able to arrange pre and post accommodation and either self-guided or guided extensions to other parts of Tasmania or Australia to compliment this tour. Please enquire at the Inala office and we will happily cater for you through our licensed travel agency.
- Arrival in Hobart: There is a regular shuttle bus service (The Hobart Airporter) between Hobart airport and the main hotels in the city. Details on the costs and timing of the shuttle can be found at the following website - http://www.airporterhobart.com.au/. Alternatively, you may wish to take a taxi to the city – there is no need to pre book these, they are readily available outside the terminal building. More information on taxis (and additional airport information) can be found here http://hobartairport.com.au/to-from/taxis-buses/.
- Meals and drinks: Breakfast generally consists of a continental style breakfast with cereal, fruit and yoghurt and tea/coffee. Lunch will generally consist of a packed lunch style meal eaten in the field, with sandwich/filled roll, fruit, and a drink. Dinner is usually two courses and consists of several options for main with the choice of either an appetiser or dessert. Drinks (soft and alcoholic) are generally not included but at lunches and breakfasts juice may be made available.
- The itinerary: Whilst we aim to follow the itinerary as planned, please note that the itinerary provided should only be used as a guideline. Depending on individual trip circumstances, weather, and local information, the exact itinerary may not be strictly adhered to. The guides reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary as they see fit.