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Josh Bergmark

Josh Bergmark

Josh Bergmark lives in Sydney, Australia with his partner Shahaf. Josh may be our youngest team member, but given that he has been guiding birders since he was 16, this doesn’t mean he is any less qualified than many others guides. Josh has an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of Australia’s  birdlife, having covered virtually every bit of the continent. He has also travelled extensively throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. Following the commencement of his bachelor's degree in Earth Science and Geospatial Information Systems at the University of New South Wales, probably too much of his available free time has been spent either processing satellite data to predict Night Parrot distributions, or going on extensive trips to remote areas of Australia and Asia. Josh has always had a passion for sharing birds with others, and after meeting many professional guides during his travels, he started working towards a career in tour leading at the very early age of 16, when he began volunteering as an assistant guide with Follow That Bird in Sydney, until landing a job with Birdquest following an intensive 'trial by binoculars' in Outback Queensland. During his degree course, Josh worked part-time selling binoculars and scopes, and as such conveniently knows all the standard repairs when out in the field. More recently, Josh has been focusing on overseas travel and has now extensively birded large parts of India, Sri Lanka, eastern China, Taiwan, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Borneo, New Zealand, West Papua, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands. Alongside moderating Birdline in Australia since leaving high school, Josh has received an Enderby Scholarship, travelling to the Subantarctic Islands with Heritage Expeditions before even starting university, and voluntarily coordinates the national 'Twitchathon' (one of BirdLife Australia's biggest fundraising events). With a keen interest in mammals and reptiles, one of Josh's favourite activities is spotlighting, where nocturnal birds can sometimes be overshadowed by spectacular fauna of the non-flying variety, which he has a knack for spotting.

 

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Josh Bergmark will be leading the following tours:

ULTIMATE PAPUA NEW GUINEA Wednesday 30th May 2018 - Saturday 16th June 2018
New Britain Extension: 16th June — 20th June
REMOTE PAPUA NEW GUINEA Saturday 7th July 2018 - Wednesday 1st August 2018
BEST OF WEST PAPUA Sunday 12th August 2018 - Sunday 26th August 2018
NORTHERN AUSTRALIA Tuesday 18th September 2018 - Wednesday 3rd October 2018
OUTBACK QUEENSLAND & LORD HOWE ISLAND Friday 5th October 2018 - Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Lord Howe Island Extension: 23rd October — 27th October
NEW ZEALAND Saturday 10th November 2018 - Wednesday 28th November 2018
TAIWAN Friday 19th April 2019 - Wednesday 1st May 2019
ULTIMATE PAPUA NEW GUINEA Sunday 14th July 2019 - Wednesday 31st July 2019
New Britain Extension: 31st July — 4th August
THE SOLOMON ISLANDS Thursday 8th August 2019 - Tuesday 3rd September 2019
SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA Saturday 12th October 2019 - Friday 1st November 2019
Tasmania Extension: 1st November — 5th November
NEW ZEALAND Tuesday 12th November 2019 - Saturday 30th November 2019