Good things happen at On the Perch! That’s why we continue to make the bird park one of the signature tourist attractions of the Sapphire Coast.
Winged Things, our walk-in stick insect exhibit is ‘taking off’. Now to be known as ‘Hop, Skip and Jump”, some exciting changes are ahead! Stay tuned…..the new exhibit should be open by mid-December 2019.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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
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.
We are so excited and proud to announce that Tathra Beachside are sponsoring the Southern Cassowary! We thank all of the Tathra Beachside team from the bottom of our heart for their unbelievable support.
To celebrate the start of this partnership, we are giving you the chance to win the Ultimate Sapphire Coast NSW Getaway. The prize will be three nights luxury accommodation at Tathra Beachside and an up-close and personal experience with the Southern Cassowary at On the Perch Bird Park! (Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply).
Head to our Facebook Page and find the post about the Tathra Beachside sponsorship! Then simply tell us why you’d love to come Visit Tathra and why you’d love to meet Gorge and Adelaide, the Southern Cassowary.
The winner will be chosen at random and announced on 11 August 2019.
Good luck everyone and we can’t wait to meet the winners!!!
Our ‘Birdscaping your Garden’ workshop is about attracting birds to your garden! Having birds in your garden is not only good for the health of your garden and surrounds but also great for the environment. And who doesn’t love hearing bird song!
In this workshop, you will learn all about using plants to attract birds to your garden, what plant species are best, creating microhabitats, the use of supplementary feeding and water, and providing artificial nest boxes for nesting.
The workshop will include a guided walk within the aviaries to show real examples of ‘birdscaping’ and discussion on how you can apply these methods in your garden.
A range of bird attracting plants will also be offered for sale on the day.
Entry to the workshop is FREE after you have paid park entry. Yearly pass holders receive free entry.
The workshop is being held at On the Perch Bird Park, 343 Tathra Road, Tathra, on Saturday 27 July 2019 commencing at 11am. It will conclude by 12.30pm.
Now you can watch all the birds in the Conservation Precinct aviaries from the shelter of our covered seating area. Rain, hail or shine, nothing can stop you enjoying the species that call the Ray Alcock Memorial Aviaries home including the endangered Black-throated finch. Yet another great reason to visit On the Perch Bird Park.
The Conservation Precinct has been proudly supported by the NSW government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW through the 2017-2018 Regional Tourism Fund.
If you want to walk on the wild side, this is the experience for you! While South Cassowary have a reputation as being one of worlds most dangerous birds, this experience allows you to meet a young Southern Cassowary! This is the first time this endangered species has lived in southern NSW and a rare opportunity to be inside a cassowary enclosure!
Book your Up-Close and Personal Experience at