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Peter Waanders

Peter has been an avid birdwatcher since age 10. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Peter obtained a B Sc degree in Environmental Management and has worked in National Park management planning in the Czech Republic, ecological research in the Netherlands and Australia, and natural resource management planning and environmental project management in Australia.

Peter has travelled extensively to over 40 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Pacific in pursuit of his main interests: birdwatching and nature photography. His life list of bird species currently totals almost 4,500 and his collection of digital images exceeds 70,000. In 1996 Peter moved permanently to Australia and was employed by a semi-government catchment management authority to manage large environmental projects with a focus on floodplains, wetlands and biodiversity. Peter started conducting professional bird guiding trips in 2002 and is now full-time managing a very successful bird guiding and bird tour business, Bellbird Tours, showing birders the unique, rare or hard-to-find species of Australia and beyond. In recent years, bird photography has taken on a prominent role in our tours.

Peter’s areas of expertise include:

  • Bush and outback birds – difficult species like Grasswrens a specialty
  • Image processing
  • Camera settings
Peter Waanders in Action

Go-to camera and lens for bird photography: 

  • Nikon D750 and 500 mm f/5.6 PF ED
  • Canon 7d mk II and 400 mm f/5.6


Image processing software used for Bird Photography: 

  • Topaz Labs, Photoshop


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One of Peter’s Favourites:

Peter Waanders - Budgerigar and Bourke's Parrot
Budgerigar and Bourke’s Parrot – Arid Recovery Reserve, SA (Aug 2020)

Catch Peter’s talk at the conference and visit him at the Ask the Expert sessions if you have any questions.