Eyes on Wildlife
Your Guide: Patrick De Geest
Mobile:  0439817214
Email: patrick@eyesonwildlife.com.au
Website: www.eyesonwildlife.com.au
Base of operation:   Cairns

Operating from Cairns, Eyes on Wildlife specialises in birding & wildlife tours in the Wet Tropics Bioregion, offering half day to multiday, nocturnal (spotlighting), and tailored tours. Focus can be general wildlife/nature, mammals or birds. Your guide and naturalist Patrick De Geest will also get you those more difficult or specific target species.

Day tours are private, nocturnal tours are non-exclusive. Patrick will pick you up and return you to your accommodation in Cairns or Atherton Tablelands, but is also happy to pick you up at an agreed meeting point.

The most frequently visited areas on tour are the Atherton Tablelands, the coastal strip north and south of Cairns and Daintree NP. Multi-day tours will get you further afield: Cape York Peninsula Bioregion and/or Einasleigh Uplands Bioregion.

A full day birding tour (8hrs) in Cairns (coastal) will get you up to 80 species. A full day Tablelands tour with a focus on birds usually gets you around 100 species and most of the 14 endemic (IOC list) Wet Tropics birds. A specialised Wet Tropics Endemic Birds tour has you birding from dawn and includes a short nocturnal tour to get you all the endemics and a whole range of other birds.

If you are interested in wildlife in general, a half day or full day tour followed by a nocturnal tour is your best option as most of the mammals are nocturnal: four Wet Tropics endemic ringtail possums and other possums, four gliders, Tree Kangaroo, rodents, etc. Nocturnal tours can be 2.5hrs or 4hrs.

If you have the time and really want to have a good idea of what the Wet Tropics is all about, a multi-day tour is your best option.

Birds regularly seen on tour include:

  • Lesser Sooty Owl
  • Southern Boobook
  • Golden Bowerbird
  • Tooth-billed Bowerbird
  • Victoria’s Riflebird
  • Fernwren
  • Atherton Scrubwren
  • Mountain Thornbill
  • Bridled Honeyeater
  • Macleay’s Honeyeater
  • Chowchilla
  • Bower’s Shrike-Thrush
  • Pied Monarch
  • Grey-headed Robin
  • Double-eyed Fig-Parrot
  • Crimson Rosella
  • Lovely Fairy-wren
  • Crimson Finch
  • Blue-faced Parrot-finch
  • Yellow-breasted Boatbill

Other species regularly encountered:

  • Boyd’s Forest Dragon
  • Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo
  • Platypus
  • Musky Rat-kangaroo
  • Green Ringtail Possum
  • Herbert River Ringtail Possum
  • Feathertail Glider
  • Yellow-bellied glider
  • Greater Glider
  • Chameleon Gecko