Your guide, Peter Waanders, has been conducting professional bird guiding trips since 2002 and is a fully qualified birding guide with current Senior First Aid certificate and Advanced 4WD certificate. We are an Accredited Tourism Business and have all the required permits, insurance and licenses. Your safety is important and on all trips a satellite phone, GPS and up-to-date first aid gear is carried.
Peter has been an avid birdwatcher since age 8. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Peter obtained a B Sc degree in Environmental Management and has worked in National Park management planning in the Czech Republic, ecological research in the Netherlands and Australia, and natural resource management planning and environmental project management in Australia. Peter has travelled extensively to over 50 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Pacific in pursuit of his main interests: birdwatching and photography. His life list of bird species currently totals 3,100 and he has an extensive collection of digital images. In 1996 Peter moved permanently to Australia and was employed by a semi-government catchment management authority to manage large environmental projects with a focus on floodplains, wetlands and biodiversity. Peter started conducting professional bird guiding trips in 2002 showing visitors the rare and hard-to-find species of South Australia. Peter is also the founder and managing director of Bellbird Birding Tours, which offers a large range of top quality, small group birding tours throughout Australia and beyond, led by passionate, experienced and professional local guides.