Birding and Wildlife

Guiding - Research - Expeditions

My story...

I am Mark Carter, owner of Birding and Wildlife. I live and work in the Australian arid-zone. 

After years travelling and working in Scotland, mainland Europe and North Africa, in 2005 I settled in Alice Springs, Central Australia. I am a skilled birder, zoologist and ecotourism guide and have worked for several organisations in that time including Alice Springs Desert Park, NT Parks and Wildlife,  Tourism NT and a Larapinta Trail trekking company. In 2010 I began offering wildlife guiding and zoology consultancy services in Central Australia- the only business of this nature in the region. After a spell in Western Australia as a full time field zoologist working on threatened species such as Pilbara Leaf-nosed Bats, Greater Bilby and Night Parrot, I returned to Alice Springs in 2013 and relaunched my guiding business. In 2016 I am branching out, making the most of my intimate local wildlife knowledge to offer exciting wildlife photography workshops based in the Red Centre and co-led by acclaimed experts. I have ongoing research interests in acoustic bird survey methods, ethnozoology, and species endemism in desert refugia, 





Mark bat surveying, Pilbara WA

Mark bat surveying, Pilbara WA

The complexity and diversity of wildlife in Australia’s deserts is simply stunning. To share this with others is one of the highlights of my work.
— Mark Carter