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Birdwatching For Beginners

Guided Walk & Workshop


Have you ever wondered what kind of birds visit your garden? Or what the ducks are at your local lake? Maybe you’ve caught yourself gazing at the skies when you visit the beach or noticing the feathers of avian friends whilst on holidays? Maybe you’ve already started birdwatching, but aren’t sure how to identify what you see or what kind of binoculars to invest in? What are the best field guides? What kind of camera should you get and do I even need one? Where should I visit next? Where can I see a Brolga? Is a frogmouth really an owl? And how on earth do you pronounce gerygone?! It sounds like our Birdwatching for Beginners Guided Workshops just might be exactly what you’re looking for!

Join Treeswift Wildlife & Nature for a hands-on guided workshop with the pro’s! We’ll take you to some of Melbourne’s (and Victoria’s!) most accessible and stunning wild locations and help teach you the basics when it comes to everything birding, twitching, and feathered! 

What to expect?
Our workshops will help you to understand the basic of birdwatching, answer any questions you might have, and provide you with the tools to go off and take your love of birds and nature to the next level! You are led by an experience guide and educator and will learn from practiced techniques in a real-world context with real-life avian subjects!

8.00am – arrive and general chat/question time with the tour leader
8.30am – guided outing (expect to see 40+ species of wild birds!)
11.15am – gear/equipment demonstration
11.30am – final questions and morning tea

What's Involved?

  • How to recognise calls
  • Understanding bird behaviour
  • How to use binoculars/scopes (what models/brands are right for you!)
  • How to identify bird families and individual species
  • How to record your observations
  • What are the best field guides?
  • Online resources and list keeping
  • Should I invest in a camera? What model and lens? What settings?
  • The best places to visit!
  • Field techniques – psshing, wildlife watching ethics, approaching subjects, etc
  • And so, so much more!

How to sign up?
We are running these exclusive events right across Victoria, so simply pick the date and location that works best for you and complete our booking form! If you can’t make any of the dates/locations, feel free to get in touch by emailing us at [email protected] are we’ll let you know when the next dates/locations are available for you!

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday 15th Oct: Jells Park, Wheelers Hill  (5x spots remaining)
Thursday 27th Oct: Swan Lake (Phillip Island)  (9x spots remaining)
Saturday 29th Oct: 
Banyule Flats Reserve  (11x spots remaining)

Tuesday 8th Nov: 
Dandenong Ranges National Park — (9x spots left!)
Wednesday 9th Nov: 
Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo) — (SOLD OUT)
Thursday 10th Nov: 
Lake Wendouree (Ballarat)  (1x spot left!)
Friday 18th Nov: 
Woodlands Historic Park — (14x spots remaining)

Sunday 11th Dec: 
Balbirooroo Wetlands (Mornington Peninsula) — (17x spots left!)
Friday 16th Dec: 
Jells Park, Wheelers Hill — (20x spots left!)

JANUARY (2023):
Thursday 12th Jan: 
Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands — (19x spots left!)
Sunday 15th Jan: 
Westerfolds Park, Templestowe — (19x spots left!)

Friday 17th Feb: 
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens — (20x spots left!)

Friday 10th Mar: 
Ironbark Basin (Surf Coast/Geelong) — (17x spots left!)

*Each Beginners Birdwatching Workshop runs from 8.00am-11.30am. 

Birdwatching for Beginners

Trip At A Glance:


Previous Tour Reports:

Jerry Ferber
June 2022
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Beyond expectations! My wife and I recently attended treeswift wildlife's beginner birdwatcher tour and our eyes have been opened! We were shown how to find species, identify them, listen for calls and were able to try out different types of binoculars. We really recommend this for nature lovers who are ready to take the plunge such an exciting day. Thanks to Jack and the team!
Dee M
August 22
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We really enjoyed our tie in the you yangs enlightening , so many species and we are so lucky to see so many and learn some tips . Thank you and good to join in again!
Amanda P
August 22
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Thanks fir a great morning. It was great to see some new birds and learn some new things. Samuel and I enjoyed every minute of it,