Closed for Private Function Tuesday 15th October 2019

We are closed for a private function, Tuesday 15th October 2019.

ADVANCED NOTICE: On the Perch Bird Park will be closed Tuesday 15th October 2019 for a private function. Did you know you can hire this very unique venue?  If you are interested in what options we can provide for your next special event, send an email to steve@ontheperch.com.au


October 7th, 2019

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October long weekend trading hours

This October long weekend, our trading hours are as follows:

Saturday 5th October – 10am until 3pm

Sunday 6th October – 10am until 3pm

Monday 7th October – 10am until 1pm with last entry at 12.15pm


October 3rd, 2019

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United Kingdom Aviary to Open Soon

On the Perch will soon open its United Kingdom Walk-in aviary. What will become the sixth walk-in aviary at the bird park, this exhibit will feature bird species that were first introduced to Australia in the 1800’s, and will tell of the history of how and why these species were introduced. The aviary should be open by the October school holidays.


September 6th, 2019

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Next Bird Photography Workshop Announced!

Our Bird Photography Workshop will teach you the skills and techniques to get the great bird and wildlife photos you have always wanted!

Our next workshop is planned for Wednesday 30th October 2019 from 1pm to 6pm (later start time for afternoon light). On this day, we are normally closed. So, not only will you have two award-winning photographers to guide you through this workshop, this is a very rare opportunity to have more than 120 species and 700 animals at your finger tips and with no other visitors around. This workshop is limited to 12 people and includes afternoon tea. 

Your photographers for the workshop are Mr Harrison Warne and Mr Steve Sass.

Harrison Warne is a local wildlife photographer and film-maker. In 2017 he won the overall Australian Nature Conservancy photography competition. Last year he took out first and third place in the local Atlas of Life in Coastal Wilderness photography competition and this year he was a finalist in the 2019 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition. Harrison strives to create images which reflect the behaviour and mood of his subjects, and is excited to teach others the technical and artistic styles of bird photography. 

Steve Sass has been photographing birds and other wildlife for more than 40 years! As a previous winner of the BirdLife Australia photography competition, Steves images of wild birds have also graced the covers of a number of scientific journals and magazine. He is a well respected wildlife ecologist, and his intimate knowledge of species ecology shows in his portraits and natural behaviour photos of Australian Wildlife.

The sessions during the workshop are as follows:

1. Introduction

2. Animal Behaviour and Photography Ethics

3. Camera settings – what you need to know. 

4. Guided tour of some of the aviaries that are not open to the general public

5. Editing – learn how to edit your pictures.

You will be able to photograph throughout the day and within all sessions. 

Book your place by heading to our booking link 

https://www.trybooking.com/BELEC


September 6th, 2019

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Father’s Day at On the Perch

This Sunday is Fathers Day! And we have some very special Meet the Keeper talks planned – the role of Fathers in the bird world.

Our 11am talk will be about Southern Cassowary fathers, while our 1pm talk with be about the very generous Bush Stone Curlew fathers!

Why not treat Dad to coffee and cake or one of 23 flavours of milkshake while you’re here?

We are open from 10am until 3pm this Fathers Day and you can find us at 343 Tathra Rd, Tathra.


August 30th, 2019

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First Bird Photography Workshop a huge success!

The bird park recently held its inaugural Bird Photography Workshop, which was fully booked. This very personal workshop (12 participants) covered areas such as animal behaviour and ethical photography, camera settings, and photo editing, as well as access to areas not normally open to the public. The workshop also happened on a closed day, meaning that the photographers had the bird park to themselves – a very unique experience!

While our September 2019 workshop is already fully booked out, another workshop later in the year will be announced to newsletter subscribers soon.


August 30th, 2019

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Breakfast with the Birds and Private Zoo Tour

Be immersed in the sights and sounds of nature in the ultimate wildlife experience!

Coming soon, this new experience brings you into one of the largest collections of birds within an Australian zoo outside of normal opening hours and will be offered to a maximum of 6 guests.

Your morning will start with a delicious breakfast in our Mud Hut Picnic Area at 8.15am, and then your small group will have its very own personal zookeeper for a private tour of the bird park.

We will be announcing our very first date for Breakfast with the Birds and Private Zoo Tour in the coming weeks via our newsletter, so stay tuned.


August 15th, 2019

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Locals Weekend – half price entry and free animal encounters

On The Perch Bird Park is holding a special Locals Weekend – Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2019! Two days jam-packed with special free animal encounters and half-price entry for locals!

Sapphire Coast Locals can get half-price entry to the bird park, and from there you can explore the park’s 16 exhibits or you can join any or all of the activities on both days!

Here are our free animal encounters on each day of Locals Weekend:

10.30am Special encounter with Gorge and Adelaide, at the Tathra Beachside Southern Cassowary exhibit. Come into ‘no-mans land’ (behind the first fence) with a guided tour by one of their keepers

11.00am Up-close and personal encounter with our resident Tawny Frogmouths

12.00pm Meet a Lizard and learn about their amazing adaptability to the Australian landscape

12.30pm Special guided tour of our new Conservation Precinct, the Ray Alcock Memorial Aviaries with Curator Steve

1.00pm Special encounter with Gorge and Adelaide, at the Tathra Beachside Southern Cassowary exhibit. Come into ‘no-mans land’ (behind the first fence) with a guided tour by one of their keepers

2.00pm Learn about the amazing world of stick insects. You will even be able to hold one yourself!


August 11th, 2019

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Bird Photography Workshop

Our Bird Photography Workshop will teach you the skills and techniques to get the great bird and wildlife photos you have always wanted!

Our first workshop SOLD OUT very quickly, so we have added another workshop to be held on Wednesday 18th September 2019 from 9am to 2pm. On this day we are normally closed. So, not only will you have two award-winning photographers to guide you through this workshop, this is a very rare opportunity to have more than 120 species and 700 animals at your finger tips and with no other visitors around. This workshop is limited to 12 people and includes morning tea and a light lunch. 

Your photographers for the workshop are Mr Harrison Warne and Mr Steve Sass.

Harrison Warne is a local wildlife photographer and film-maker. In 2017 he won the overall Australian Nature Conservancy photography competition. Last year he took out first and third place in the local Atlas of Life in Coastal Wilderness photography competition and this year he is a finalist in the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition. Harrison strives to create images which reflect the behaviour and mood of his subjects, and is excited to teach others the technical and artistic styles of bird photography. 

Steve Sass has been photographing birds and other wildlife for more than 40 years! As a previous winner of the BirdLife Australia photography competition, Steves images of wild birds have also graced the covers of a number of scientific journals and magazine. He is a well respected wildlife ecologist, and his initimate knowledge of species ecology shows in his portraits and natural behaviour photos of Australian Wildlife.

The sessions during the workshop are as follows:

1. Introduction

2. Understanding animal behaviour and how it improves your photography

3. Camera settings – what you need to know. 

4. Guided tour of some of the aviaries that are not open to the general public

5. Editing – learn how to edit your pictures.

You will be able to photograph throughout the day and within all sessions. 

Book your place by heading to our booking link 

/www.trybooking.com/BELEC


August 5th, 2019

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Bush Stone Curlew lays three eggs!

The bird park has been very successful in breeding The endangered Bush Stone Curlew. This species normally has one or two eggs, but the pair in our Temperate Australia walk-in aviary now have a nest of three eggs right on the edge of the walkway.

While both parents are sitting, a portion of the walk-in aviary has been fenced off to keep visitors away an appropriate distance away while still be able to watch this amazing species.

📷 by Keeper Holly.


July 25th, 2019

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Opening Times

Open Thursday to Tuesday10am-3pm
Closed every Wednesday

Meet the Keeper

11am & 1pm (free with daily entry)

Admission

Child (5-11 yrs)$10
Senior/Student/Concession$14
Adult$19
Family (2 adults & up to 3 kids)$49