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October 13: Finding and Photographing Birds in Australia – Gary Quirk

13 October 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Azure kingfishers in a mating ritual. Photo by Gary Quirk

Gary Quirk’s photos are breathtaking, not only in their quality, but in the bird behaviour that he has clearly captured. How did Gary become interested in bird photography and what led him to produce such amazing photos? He explains, “My first memory of being fascinated by birds was when I was about seven years old. My older brother and I used to go ‘exploring’ through the bush around our suburb in south-east Melbourne. I remember being mesmerised by a Rufous Fantail displaying in front of us. I think it might have been a seminal moment.” 

Gary always loved art and from his time working for one of Australia’s largest souvenir production companies where he was surrounded by postcards of Australian animals, he knew where his future lay.  After graduating from Caulfield Institute of Technology he embarked on a career in art, design, photography and education. Gary enthuses, “I loved my work and on retirement I, along with my wife Debbie, decided to continue at least with my photography, with birds being our primary focus.” They bought a 4WD and off-road camper, upgraded camera and computer gear, and embarked on a mission to photograph as many Australian bird species as they could. Over the past five years they have travelled through many parts of Australia, learning about the country, it’s birds and their habitats whilst continuing to develop photography skills. Gary and Debbie feel that “through birding we have met many incredibly knowledgeable and inspiring people”.

 As the speaker at the next Friday Environment Forum on October 13th, Gary will offer an insight into his experiences exploring new environments and capturing great photos of special Australian birds in their habitat.

Everyone is welcome at the NPA Environment Centre, 5 Wallace Drive, Noosaville. The forum starts at 10:30 am and morning tea is available at 10-10.25 am. Free admission for NPA members. Non-members- $5 by “tap & go” at the door.  


Join the bird observers at 8.30 am in the carpark for interpretive birding.  



13 October 2023
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre
5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,
Noosaville, QLD 4566 Australia
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