Nov 16 2017

2017 Expo Moments

Visitors and exhibitors shook off the poor weather, creating many great opportunities to engage and share in our fascination and love of nature.

Visit our gallery of just some of the amazing artists and eager exhibitors at the 2107 Australasian Bird Fair and Wildlife Expo.

Nov 9 2017

Lucky Door Prize Winner Announced

This year’s Australasian Bird Fair and Wild Life Expo Lucky Door Prize is a pair of Leica Trinovid HD 8×32 binoculars, kindly donated by Leica Australia.

The winner is a very excited Ms Keely Wilson of South Penrith! Thanks Leica Australia and thanks Keely for being part of the 2017 Expo and bird and wildlife conservation across the region.

Leica Trinovid 8×32 binoculars, kindly donated by Leica Australia

Nov 9 2017

Expo wrap-up from the Sponsor

Despite some of the worst weather usually experienced at this time of year, exhibitors and visitors to the 2017 Australasian Bird Fair & Wildlife Expo were in high spirits, thanks to the resilience expected from the eco-tourism industry and all who enjoy the outdoors and wildlife. Even when it was a case of all-hands-on-deck to rescue two of our exhibitors from their flooded marquees after an overnight downpour, humour and good spirits shone through with not a word of complaint.

Numbers of visitors were down on what we expected for the time of year. However, the sponsors of the event, Avifauna Research & Services, pledged every dollar from gate sales to ‘Protecting the most important places in Australia for migratory shorebirds’ irrespective of financial shortfalls in any investment in the event. “We were not aiming to make a financial profit” said director Phil Straw. “The main beneficiaries from the event were the birds and other wildlife, in particular critically endangered species that need all the help they can get, given that current political support for the environment and its wildlife is the lowest experienced in Australia for a long time.”

Nov 9 2017

Expo Photography Competition People’s Choice Awards

The Expo Photography Competition winners have been announced but there is still one more winner to be chosen: The people’s Choice Award. This is a favourite part of the Australasian Bird Fair and Wildlife Expo and this year will be no different.

Visit our Facebook gallery to make your choice, but hurry, as the winner will be announced this Sunday November 12 at 5:00pm.

Our thanks go to the prize sponsor Albumworks, makers of fine image albums, and all the photographers who took part in this years competition.

Nov 9 2017

Expo Photography Competition winners announced

The photographic competitions for the 2017 Australasian Bird Fair and Wildlife Expo were once again of an extremely high level, making decisions of winners in every category a difficult task. Our thanks go to our judges Georgina Stytler & David Stowe, prize sponsors Swarovski, Momento and Albumworks, and indeed all the photographers who participated in this years competition.

Overall Winner

Congratulations to Lachlan Hall who won the overall prize with his image “Angry Boobook”. This image also won Lachlan first place in the “Bird Portrait” Category.

Oct 31 2017

John Clarke Calendar on Sale at the Expo

John Clarke was known to many of us for his comedy, wit and satire. However, John was also a very private person who found joy and perhaps escape in his love of birds and bird photography.

In his memory, his family have donated a series of some of his images for the creation of a calendar. Funds raised from the calendar sales will be donated to support two of John’s great loves: the ABC and the Trust for Nature.

You can get your 2018 John Clarke bird calendar at this year’s Australasian Bird Fair and Wildlife Expo.

Oct 29 2017

Visiting the Expo

Getting there

We’ve made it easy to access the Australasian Bird Fair and Wildlife expo by nearby rail, ferry terminal, buses, bike or car.

Two main entrance gates are available; a river front drop off point as well as a second main entrance across the road from an extensive all-day parking facility.

Remember, entry is FREE for all children under 16 years

Arriving by train

If you’re coming by train catch a FREE shuttle bus to and from the Sydney Olympic Park station. There are buses departing for the Expo every 10 minutes.

Arriving by car

If you’re coming by car, follow the signs to the P5 car park (see map). There is a $10 discount on parking ($15 all day) for Expo visitors and a FREE shuttle bus to and from the Expo all day.

Oct 27 2017

Photography workshops for all levels

Sharpen up your photography skills at the Bird Fair and Wildlife Expo’s photography workshops. Hosted by the Canon Collective ambassador Scott Stramyk and Emma Desira, there’s a workshop that’s suitable for every age and level.

The workshops will be based in bird hides at the Sydney Olympic Park, just a short walk from the Archery carpark. Scott and Emma will be giving you tips and tricks on birding, what to look for and how to set up your camera equipment to get the best results for bird photography.

Some of the techniques that will be covered include: Working with telephoto lenses, servo focus, composition and mastering your semi-automatic and manual settings.

Find out more and book your place here..

Oct 24 2017

This week’s “early bird” ticket prizewinner

Congratulations to Jade Novakovic, this week’s lucky early bird ticket prizewinner. Jade has won the book “Penguins, Their World, Their Ways” by Tui De Roy, Mark Jones and Julie Cornthwaite. This book takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the lives and worlds of some of the world’s most fascinating bird clades.

Get in the running for next week’s draw and purchase your tickets to the 2017 Bird Fair and Wildlife Expo now.

Oct 23 2017

Lucky Door Prize!

Leica, one of the world’s great birding and wildlifing optical companies has kindly donated a pair of their fabulous new Leica Trinovivid HD 8×32 binoculars.