Hello and welcome! This is a blog about Australian nature, with an emphasis on birds. My name is Carol Probets. I’m so lucky that my home is the beautiful, World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, 100 kilometres west of Sydney. Birdwatching is how I earn a living. This includes guiding birding groups, carrying out bird surveys, and teaching adults and children about our feathered friends in the wild.

For 15 years I ran my own bird tour guiding business based in the Blue Mountains/Capertee Valley region. Now I’m taking time off from the business to work on some other projects.

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Carol Probets (photo by Mike Williams) CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

As hinted at in the name of this blog, I have a special interest in lyrebirds, spending many a blissful winter’s day in the forest studying their behaviour and songs. I’m also fascinated by the spectacle of the honeyeater migration. Each autumn, with Blue Mountains Bird Observers, I co-ordinate a citizen science project to monitor their numbers as they fly through our area.

But it’s not just birds. For a true understanding of birdlife you also need to be a botanist, entomologist, ecologist and all-round naturalist. To think like a scientist and wonder like a child. There’s still so little known about our biodiversity, and so much to discover in any backyard or on any bushwalk. In this blog my aim is to write about nature in its diversity. The landscape, plants, birds, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, fungi….the way they all interact and the seasonal and long-term changes. And the way they interact with us humans.

I believe that time spent in nature is never wasted — in fact there’s growing evidence that it’s vital for our wellbeing. The more we pay attention to nature, the more fascinating it becomes. It brings us into the present moment; it creates a sense of wonder and we begin to realise how much more there is to learn. Of course, we are not separate from nature but part of it, so we might learn something about ourselves in the process.

Like the nature I write about, this blog will probably evolve over time. I hope you enjoy coming along on the journey with me.

Thanks for reading!


P.S. You can read my full bio here. I’m also on Twitter at @carolprobets

10 thoughts on “About

  1. arv! 30 July 2016 / 12:45 am

    This is a lovely blog Carol…I’m impressed. Following this right away!
    I’m no bird watcher but nature surely interest me and photography too. Looking forward to your next post Carol.


  2. Yvonne peters 26 September 2016 / 11:24 pm

    Love your blog Carol – enjoyed your article on the phantom falls – I have seen them running in reverse – unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me that day . It looks I was looking at the fog in the Jameson Valley was slowly rising – then I saw whisks rise and drop over the other side – soon a river of mist was flowing quickly over it . Soon the mist had risen enough to begin to encompass me and the ‘falls’ disappeared into the mist . So beautiful, yet appeared and was gone quite quickly .

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    • Carol Probets 27 September 2016 / 12:57 am

      Oh how beautiful that sounds, Yvonne! Makes me wish I’d been there. 😊
      Thanks for dropping by my blog.


  3. Euge Coscarelli 14 November 2016 / 10:29 am

    Hi Carol
    As you know I am following your lead and creating a nature blog. I just hope mine is as good and as informative as yours. I like reading what you have to say as it is with passion not textbook that you relay the information about the natural world that surrounds you. If I am half as good as you then I will have accomplished something. Thankyou for sharing your knowledge.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Carol Probets 14 November 2016 / 1:16 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Euge. I look forward to seeing your new blog.


  4. naturebackin 19 January 2017 / 10:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and photographs. I like what you say about spending time in nature, being present in the moment, the process of discovery and appreciating diversity. I am sometimes disappointed by the air of superiority of some “birders” who pride themselves on being specialists and seem fixated on ticking off their bird list items rather than immersing themselves in the wider environment and being open to the bigger picture.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Carol Probets 20 January 2017 / 8:46 am

      I know what you mean! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and having a look around. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

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