Photo of Luke Paterson

Luke’s passion for birds and wildlife developed as a child, while on family camping trips around Victoria. After graduating in Natural Resource Management, he spent a year as Assistant Warden at the Birds Australia Broome Bird Observatory, Roebuck Bay, Broome. There he worked in the capture, banding and research into various species, and also led birdwatching tours, which sharpened his identification skills. He has spent the last 13 years in Darwin working as a nature tourism guide – the countless hours he has spent in the bush serving only to reinforce his passion for wildlife. As a result of his extensive experience of the remote outback of Northern Territory and Western Australia (in particular the Kimberley region), Luke has developed a profound knowledge of these natural and cultural environments, and his extraordinary ability to spot wildlife has earned him an enviable reputation as a ‘hawkeye’. He loves a challenge and doesn’t give up easily when it comes to locating a target species. One of his favourites is the Gouldian finch, which is occasionally seen in flocks of over 250 birds! We can’t promise this, but when it happens, it’s a remarkable experience. Luke’s contribution to developing wildlife tourism has not gone unnoticed, and in 2010, he won the prestigious Northern Territory Tourism Brolga Award for ‘Most Outstanding Interpretive Guide’ - the highest accolade in the region. His services are much in demand to lead bird watching and photography trips, accompany film crews, and train budding guides.

Tours led by Luke