Peter has been an avid birdwatcher since age 10. 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 40 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Pacific in pursuit of his main interests: birdwatching and nature photography. His life list of bird species currently totals almost 4,000 and his collection of digital images exceeds 30,000. 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 and is now full-time managing a very successful bird guiding business, Southern Birding Services, showing visitors the rare and hard-to-find species of southern Australia.
Testimonials for Peter“Thank you again for finding so many birds for us this week. Your time with us was really special. We will remember it always” C. & S. Magee, USA, 6-day private tour, October 2013 More
Helga Kieskamp became a birder upon moving to Australia from the Netherlands in 1997. Helga has a Bachelor Degree in Museum Studies and has studied Eco-tourism and Conservation and Land Management.
After working for many years at Biological Services in Loxton (SA), producing beneficial insects and mites for horticultural enterprises to aid in pest control she became a freelance environmental contractor undertaking numerous projects including studying the endangered Regent Parrot, conducting bird surveys and running bird monitoring training workshops. She has been working for Berri-Barmera Landcare since 2012. Helga is a keen bird photographer and has co-led many outback bird tours for Bellbird Birding Tours, and has been guiding for us since 2011.
Testimonials for Helga“”Hi Helga, thanks for a great day at Gluepot today!! I had an absolute blast!” G McLeod, Australia, July 2014 More
Steve Potter was born and raised in South Australia, and always had a passion for the outdoors with a keen interest in wildlife. His first introduction to birding however, was during a three year stint as a teenager, while his parents worked in Malawi, Central Africa. He started guiding with small groups around the Zomba Plateau, and the Liwonde National Park. Here Steve honed his identification skills and understanding of birdlife in general, also travelling to Zimbabwe, Kenya, Swaziland, South Africa and Madagascar.
Since his return he has travelled extensively around Australia adding over 620 species from the mainland. He has also been active visiting Australia’s neighbours, birding regularly in South-east Asia. Steve is also a keen surfer, photographer and traveller and has been guiding for Bellbird Birding Tours since 2013. Steve also leads many of our Australia tours as well as our Indonesia and Thailand tours.
Testimonials for Steve“82 species for the day, including a few lifers! Steve’s knowledge, skill and quick recognition of species make for a very rewarding birding experience” A Brown, USA, November 2013 More
David Kowalick has been an outdoors enthusiast since he was a child. He was mainly interested in observing and propagating native plants and had a general interest in natural history. At age 22 David received a pair of binoculars as a gift and the very first bird he observed through them was a Rainbow Bee-eater, and that was it—he was hooked. Since then David has lived in Darwin, Sydney and now Adelaide and has birded extensively across Australia, Asia and North America. David’s favorite birds are the endemic Grasswrens found across the remote inland areas of Australia.Now based in Adelaide, David enjoys guiding in the many varied habitats of South Australia which include coastal wetlands, eucalypt woodlands, mallee scrub and freshwater wetlands. He also has extensive experience guiding in many other regions across Australia.
Testimonials for David“Thank you for yesterday, it was an incredibly memorable day I will cherish for a lifetime! We have many fine pictures and are the envy of our group, plus my list will be greatly increased!” Debbie S – USA, Adelaide area private tour – Oct 2016 More
Tim Dolby is a well-known Australian birdwatcher and former Convener of BirdLife Australia in Victoria. Tim has lectured at a range of major Australian universities, and has authored several bestselling bird books. These include Finding Australian Birds: A Field Guide (CSIRO, 2014) and Where to See Birds in Victoria (Allen & Unwin, 2009).
Tim organises the celebrated birdwatching event, the Australian Twitchathon (a Big Day event) and moderates the Australian Birdlines. Tim has birded and guided for many years across Australia and provides a wealth of information for both local and visiting international birdwatchers.