The excitement of seeing that new bird species. I never get tired of that.
In fact, I feel it almost every day. Each sighting brings new details, new behaviour, new thrills. I’ve been birding seriously for almost 20 years and I’ve packed a lot into those years. Constant reading, doing research in the field, making conservation my full-time job.
I am the only full-time professional birding guide in Melbourne, a city in which I was born and raised. I’ve assisted in local research projects – Black-eared miner, Orange-bellied parrot and other conservation projects in the Grampians, Otway National Park, Nova Scotia Canada and over seven years as a volunteer wildlife rescuer and educator.
My interests expand beyond the ornithological, with extensive knowledge in local Australian wildlife and history, making your birding experience in the Melbourne area extra special.
We are members of Birdlife Australia, the American Birding Association and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
We donate to support the work of Bush Heritage Australia and the Conservation Ecology Centre at Cape Otway, Victoria.
We use eBird to record our birdlist on each tour.
Paul Hackett – Owner and Guide