Bellbird Tours Reviews
A True Gem
Your guide Tim Dolby, a true gem, was outstanding. Tim is on a first-name basis with almost every bird in Australia.
Going Well Beyond
Thank you for going well beyond the call of duty to give us a great birding experience!
Many thanks for a wonderful trip with many great birding experiences and magical moments!
Thank you so much Peter for a terrific day!
Peter & Helga led us very well. They really know their Aussie birds and were wonderful hosts.
A Wonderful Trip
Thanks so much to you and Helga for a wonderful trip which added 21 species to my Australian life-list!
A Healthy Holiday
So enjoyed our tour, the birding, and all our adventures. A big thank you to Peter for finding, identifying and sharing a huge number of birds for us. And for all your planning and driving and ensuring a healthy holiday!
We had a splendid day in Singapore. We were able to see a good range of birds and other things of interest. The guides were delightful and knowledgeable and we much enjoyed their company.
Wish Come True
A wish come true! Thank you, the tour was a great success.
Helga was Great!
Thanks very much for a great trip to Gluepot with Helga. Everything went really well, Helga was great, and we saw 7 species we hadn’t seen before. Terrific. You’ll hear from me again!
Peter Thank you for our trips. You are a top birder and also run a very professional organization. Highly recommended!
Thank you all for your good company on the Grasswrens Tour and for showing me some very special birds.
Fabulous Trip to North Qld
Thank you for a fabulous trip to north Qld. We saw many beautiful and rare birds every day, our guides were great and the accommodation and meals were terrific.
A Very Successful Trip
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Comfortable Grasswren tour. Thank you, I had a very successful trip with 36 new birds.
Thank you for a super tour, and to Michael for your guiding, company, and excellent driving.
A Wonderful Time
We had a wonderful time in the Tropical Far North, the guides were superb, along with the rest of our group.
The Red Centre tour last week was brilliant. Great accommodation, brilliant guide, and I got 18 lifers. Couldn’t have wished for a better week.
Most Fabulous Time
I just returned from Singapore and a 2-day tour with your company and had the most fabulous time.
Once in a Lifetime Experience
Thanks so much for everything, Peter. It was a once in a lifetime experience for us.
Fabulous Birding Foray
Many thanks to Peter for a fabulous birding foray all across the Outback and, with Michael, all around SA.
A really excellent trip. Couldn’t have asked for more birds! Also a nice, friendly group.
A big thank you!
Guide Phil worked hard and delivered many massive sightings. 12 lifer birds + many mammals, butterflies, reptiles, so I have many great memories.
Absolutely Cracking Birds!
One of the best trips I’ve done: great adventure, top comradeship & absolutely cracking birds!
It was a fantastic trip thanks to Tim and Helga and everyone in the Bellbird team.
Thanks for the expert guiding and incredibly (to us mere mortals) sharp observation skills.
A ‘Comfortable’ Trip
We had a great time on the tour – you and Helga made it memorable in many ways! The birds, the organisation, driving, food and companionship, it was truly a ‘comfortable’ trip that exceeded our expectations.
Thank you Peter and Helga for a great tour, I had a monstrously good time!
The Birds, Country and Company Were Excellent!
Thank you for a great tour, your efforts are very much appreciated – the birds, country and company were excellent.
Most Pleasant Tour
Thanks again for a most pleasant tour. I enjoyed the company and your wonderful expertise.
A very Pleasant Group to Be With
Thanks Peter. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, and it was a very pleasant group to be with. Thanks as well for your excellent organization.
An Excellent Days Birding
Thanks so much for an excellent days birding. Michael is a great guide who is an asset to Bellbird Tours.
A lovely weekend!
Thanks for organising such a lovely weekend for us with some pretty special moments.
A Truly Amazing Experience!
Our 9 day Grasswren tour with the awesome Peter Waanders was a truly amazing experience! Thanks to Peter for finding all target Grasswren species for us and over 200 other outback bird species, including Grey & Black Falcon, Flock Bronzewing, Banded Whiteface, Gibberbird, Inland Dotterel etc etc! We made friends with our like-minded traveling companions and
had some good laughs along the way.
Thank you for the tour last week! Great birding with you!
Very Happy Clients
We’re very happy clients! It was a fantastic trip, with excellent views of all the species we were after and plenty more. We would certainly recommend Peter to anyone else!
A Wonderful Tour
We had a wonderful tour of the Victoria area of Australia with our guides Angus McNab and Tim Dolby as they shared their knowledge of the birds, wildlife and the history of Australia.
A Wonderful Day’s Birding
Thank you for a wonderful day’s birding. We were very pleased with the new birds we saw. Your knowledge and never give up attitude was a key to that outcome.
I’ll Always Remember It
Thanks for a wonderful trip. I’ll always remember it fondly. The variety of birds seen was impressive!
A Marvelous Time!
I had a marvelous time birding around Melbourne with your guide Tim!
A Perfect Trip
We had such a great trip. Steve is an incredible guide. I am still awed by how many birds we saw and all the amazing places. Thank you for much for making our trip so perfect.
It was an absolutely amazing experience!
A Fantastic 4 Days of Birding
Rob and I would like to thank you, Helga and Peter for a fantastic 4 days of birding. Both the company and the birding were terrific. We will definitely use Bellbird again.
A Wonderful Guide
Peter is a wonderful guide and great birder with vast experience
Exceeded all my expectations!
Birding Career Highlight!
The highlight of my birding career!
Wonderful trip, above expectations, worth every cent!
A Wonderful Trip of Outback Birding
Thank you for a wonderful trip of outback birding and seeing a unique part of Australia!
What a great job your guide did for us. We got both the Chestnut-breasted Whiteface and Grey Honeyeater. Plus we had the best breakfast I’ve ever had on a birding tour! Thanks for this great tour.
A Great Day Out
We had a great day out with Des. He is a most amiable and knowledgeable guide and I’d thoroughly recommend him.
The trip went very well.
The trip went very well. Steve is a first rate guide and tour leader and his efforts were outstanding.
The Birds Were Very Good!
We want to thank you for a great trip. We had a good time, all arrangements worked well and best of all, the birds were very good!
A Memorable Trip
Thanks to Bellbird and Steve for a memorable trip to Far North Queensland!
A Wonderful Trip
Thank you for a wonderful trip, and great birds. Really appreciate all the effort that you put in to make it work so well.
Fantastic 3 Days Sydney Tour
We had a fantastic 3 days Sydney tour with Greg McLachlan. He is very passionate about birding and really, really knowledgeable. His ability to identify the birds in the area by sound is really quite phenomenal. Thank you so very much!
5 New Birds on My List
Thanks so much for a great tour. I now have 5 new birds on my list!
A Wonderful Tour
Thanks again for a wonderful tour. I not only saw the birds I wanted to see but also some very beautiful countryside.
Enjoyed The Trip!
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and appreciated your patience, care and concern for our wellbeing and enjoyment at all times.
My lifer tally for the day was 66! Thanks for making it such as awesome day.
Most Instructive Tour
Many thanks for a thoughtful itinerary which gave us a chance to enjoy the varied aspects of your part of Australia. It was a most instructive tour – we saw so many many interesting animals, birds and plants, we were very happy!
The best tour I’ve had in my 40 years of birding!
Our day tour with your guide in Sydney was the best tour I’ve had in my 40 years of birding. We visually saw over 100 birds and heard several others. Your guide was great and his knowledge of the bird calls was exceptional. I would highly recommend you as a guide for the Sydney area even for older folks like us.
An impressive list of birds seen!
Thank you very much for a wonderful day’s birding. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and your company. We came away understanding a lot more about the various species and their environments along with an impressive list of birds seen.
I can’t thank you enough!
I can’t thank you enough for your exceptional birding tour. I was very impressed by your professionalism as a guide and Bellbird being a well-run company is the other necessary component for success.
It’s Whet My Appetite!
“Thank you very much for an excellent day ! Really enjoyed it and delighted to see these difficult species. It’s whet my appetite for more grasswrens!
We enjoyed it immensely.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the trip. We enjoyed it immensely.
Loved Every Minute of the Adventure
Thank you and the Crew who made our trip, so great after all my dramas. Photographed lots of new birds and nearly walked our old legs off. Loved every minute of the adventure.
Tremendous Amount of Work
Thanks to Peter for the tremendous amount of work put in (both before and during the trip) and to you all for making it fun.
All needs are met!
Thanks especially to Peter for his expertise, driving, finding birds and arranging for all our needs to be met.
Thanks for the Enthusiasm!
Thanks Peter for your guiding and driving and enthusiasm!
Ticked off so many of my Bucket List Items!
Thank you for the trip, it was fantastic and ticked off so many of my bucket list items.
It was a very well organised, seamless operation that allowed every-one to make the most of the wildlife on offer.
A Great Tour!
Thanks for a great tour, looking forward to doing another tour with Bellbird soon!
Thanks for an amazing week full of great birding, scenery and company!
Excellent Guiding and Company
Thanks for such an enjoyable trip with excellent guiding and company. The birding, guiding, itinerary, accommodation and meals were first class. I would not hesitate to arrange another birding trip with Bellbird tours.
Great birds, great views
Peter never fails to deliver, we saw everything that was expected and more, and had great views of all of them , including the three skulkers!
Many thanks for a great time in SW Western Australia! I saw at least 29 new birds.
Everything Worked Out Excellently!
Thanks for the excellent tour. Everything worked out excellently and we really enjoyed the company of everyone.
Thank you both for a superb tour. Great birds, great views of all the skulkers, great group and beautiful countryside.
Really enjoyed the trip, the company and all the great birds we saw.
Thanks Tim, for a great birding trip! It was a wonderful time, with so many spectacular birds!
This Trip the Best one Ever
I would like to thank all of you for your patience, guidance, knowledge and for making this trip the best one ever. You have all contributed to realizing my dream. I do hope we will have the opportunity to see some more feathered beauties together in the future.
A Wonderful Tour
Thank you for such a wonderful tour. We both really enjoyed our time with you and the day at Gluepot was just magical, one special bird right after another; the memories will stay with us for a long time. The wide open spaces of the Outback and the scenic Flinders Ranges were also highlights.
Enjoyed Our Week
We enjoyed our week with Steve. He looked after us really well, making sure we saw the birds and realizing we wanted to see other things as well as the birds. The trip suited us very well, giving us time to soak in the outback once again.
A brief personal note of thanks: we were delighted with the entire Nine Grasswren Tour. I believe you set an inspirational yet practical example.
Great Nine Grasswren tour!
Thanks again for a great Nine Grasswren tour!
Thank you for the Gluepot birding tour. The sighting of Red-lored Whistler and Black-eared Miner made the trip worthwhile. Helga looked after me very well during the tour.
“Thank you for the Gluepot Reserve birding tour. The sighting of Red-lored Whistler and Black-eared Miner made the trip worthwhile. Helga has looked after me well during the tour.”
A Very Rewarding Experience
“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”
Thank you again for finding so many birds for us this week. Your time with us was really special. We will remember it always.
Excellent and Pleasurable
“Many thanks for an excellent and pleasurable couple of days birding in SA!”
I Got a Record 26 Lifers
“Last week we had a fantastic day’s birding at Gluepot Reserve. Thanks to our wonderful guide, Helga, I got a record 26 lifers!”
Full and Knowledgeable
Thank you greatly for a full and knowledgeable tour of Gluepot. We had a thoroughly enjoyable birding day. Your knowledge of bird habits and calls is exceptional
A Really Good One
“My tour has been a really good one, and Peter contributed a lot to its success. Thank you so much!”
“Thank you very much again for the tour and introduction to this fascinating country.”
The Best Time
“Thank you for the days birding at Lyndhurst and Gluepot. We had the best time and came home with memories that will stay with us forever”
One of the Very Best Days of Birding
“Thanks to both Peter and Helga for one of the very best days of birding we had during the entire month we were in Australia!”
A Splendid Trip
“Thanks for a splendid trip that was full of interest and great fun. You did a fine job getting us on many great birds – not to mention the odd letter winged kite or two…!”
Thanks for a splendid trip that was full of interest and great fun. You did a fine job getting us on many great birds – not to mention the odd letter winged kite or two…!
“Thank you very much for a most enjoyable and successful trip. I did not expect to see Grey Falcon. Wonderful!”
“It’s good to meet someone with such exceptional skills in bird watching!”
I Felt Very Safe
“Thank you for a fantastic experience. I felt very safe and confident with your highly skilled driving and excellent guiding.”
Enjoyed the Trip
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the recent 5 Grasswren trip. It ticked all boxes for me. The trip was really well paced and I loved your flexibility and the way you responded to all our various wish-lists. Our birding at Gluepot was one of the most fantastic days birding I have ever experienced.
Best Vehicles and Equipment
“You have the best vehicles and equipment of any Australian birding tour I’ve been on…”
Ticked All Boxes for Me
“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the recent 5 Grasswren trip. It ticked all boxes for me. The trip was really well paced and I loved your flexibility and the way you responded to all our various wish-lists. Our birding at Gluepot was one of the most fantastic days birding I have ever experienced.”
Truly Legendary Birds!
“Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the trip. I saw some truely legendary birds!”
“Thank you again for the great time I had last week! I saw 45 new birds thanks to your in depth knowledge…”
“Thanks Peter, we had a great trip, and lots of photos”
“Thanks again to Helga for the very enjoyable day we had with you at Gluepot. Your knowledge of the bird calls and ability to pick the direction of the calls was very impressive!”
Top Birding Moments
“Thank you for being part of my top birding moments of 2010”
“Thank you again for a wonderful trip last week. We were very fortunate!”
Very Enjoyable and Extremely Productive
“Thank you for the bird guiding. Both days were both very enjoyable and extremely productive. We really appreciated the trouble that you took to ensure that we saw as many (virtually all in fact!) of our ‘wanted’ species!”
Top Quality Birds
“I’ve never been to a site with so many top quality birds in such a short time anywhere in Australia”
Happy and Exciting Time
“Your Highlights tour was great with such a hardworking and keen guide as yourself I had a really happy and exciting time”
We All Thoroughly Enjoyed It
“Thank you for a wonderful trip and for all your hard work. We all thoroughly enjoyed it”
A Real Eye-Opener
“Thank you for a fascinating week, which was a real eye-opener. There was just so much to take in – birds, scenery, geology, plants… Thank you for all your efforts”
We Would Never Have Found These Grasswrens
“We would never have found these grasswrens, or visited some of these places, by ourselves”
“It is difficult to find sufficient superlatives to describe the trip!”
“Thanks very much for showing us South Australia and its unique birds”
“Absolutely fantastic – all my targets seen, and great views!”
Great Work Peter
“Great work Peter – fabulous views of all our main target species”
Gluepot beats the Daintree!
“Thanks for some of the best birding I’ve ever done – Gluepot beats the Daintree!”
Thanks for Doing Such a Good Job
“Thanks for doing such a good job of guiding us – yes, I do know who to recommend as a bird guide in South Australia!”
A Great Day Birding
“Many thanks for a great day birding, 22 trip ticks including 12 lifers, it will take some beating! The most pleasurable thing was being able to get great views of all the birds”
I Can Thoroughly Recommend His Services
“Peter’s knowledge of the birds and the sites is excellent and I can thoroughly recommend his services”
Peter Did an Excellent Job
“We’d been to Gluepot twice before, but despite three days of searching and following tips, we missed a number of crucial birds. Peter did an excellent job of finding all five lifers on our list, and then found us another 4 lifers we hadn’t expected to see!”
A Very Successful Day
“I enjoyed Gluepot and your knowledge of it made it a very successful day”
Great Value for Money
“Great value for money, I would never have found these species myself”
“A fabulous trip with excellent species!”
Knows His Species
“Peter is a good guide, and knows his species”
Peter Was Great!
“Peter was great, so knowledgeable and knew what was in his area we really enjoyed our time with him”
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