The Ultimate In Birding Tours

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 in the Pacific Islands, Asia and southern Africa.

During his studies for his bachelor’s degree in Earth Science and Geospatial Information Systems at the University of New South Wales, probably too much of his time was spent either processing satellite data to predict Night Parrot distributions, or going on extensive trips to remote areas of Australia and Asia, but nonetheless he graduated successfully.

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 Israel, China, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Borneo, New Zealand, West Papua (Indonesia), Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia.

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.

Tours Led by Josh

Plains

Australasia & The Pacific Islands

October-November 2019

SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA & TASMANIA

North

Australasia & The Pacific Islands

November 2019

NEW ZEALAND

Dulit

Asia

March-April 2020

BORNEO: SARAWAK & KALIMANTAN

Mikado

Asia

April 2020

TAIWAN

Emperor

Australasia & The Pacific Islands

June-July 2020

REMOTE PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Flame

Australasia & The Pacific Islands

July-August 2020

ULTIMATE PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Moustached

Australasia & The Pacific Islands

September 2020

UNCHARTED PAPUA NEW GUINEA EXPEDITION

Bornean

Asia

October 2020

BORNEO: SABAH, MALAYSIA

Regent

Australasia & The Pacific Islands

October-November 2020

EASTERN AUSTRALIA

Pohnpei

Australasia & The Pacific Islands

February-March 2021

MICRONESIA

Iiwi

Australasia & The Pacific Islands

March 2021

HAWAII

Desert

Europe & Surroundings

April 2021

ISRAEL

Emperor

Australasia & The Pacific Islands

June-July 2021

REMOTE PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Solomon's

Australasia & The Pacific Islands

July-August 2021

SOLOMON ISLANDS

Golden-shouldered

Australasia & The Pacific Islands

October 2021

AUSTRALIA’S OUTBACK QUEENSLAND

Black-and-orange

Asia

November-December 2021

SOUTH INDIA & ANDAMAN ISLANDS

Sri

Asia

December 2021

SRI LANKA