B.O.K.I. (Birds of King Island)
BOKI a small, informal group of local volunteers who are passionate about birds and especially the birds of King Island.
BOKI WEBSITE AIMS To:
promote sensitive and ethical bird tourism on King Island by education, promotion, marketing and provision of a central platform about the birds of king island and birding opportunities
work with the KI Natural Resource Management Group through the Wings on King bird monitoring project including hosting the website and support infrastructure
aid in conservation of King Island’s natural ecosystems and wildlife including threatened species through education and activities and
help to sustain the local community by expanding work opportunities and the tourism industry
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT KING ISLAND BIRDS?
Tasmania is already recognised as one of Australia's top five bird watching destinations. King Island is home to nine endemic sub species, two of which are listed as Critically Endangered and two as Vulnerable, as well as 10 of the 12 endemic Tasmanian species. We firmly believe it is the jewel in Tasmania’s birding crown.
Situated within both international and national migratory flight paths and often acting as a refuge for vagrant species, you may well find yourself visiting alongside the world's rarest bird: the Orange-bellied Parrot. Its incredible diversity, with over 200 species recorded, is concentrated on a manageable area of just over 1000 square kilometres. You can cover farmland, wetland, pristine beaches, bush and forests easily within a small time frame. Migratory birds breeding on the island range from the Short-tailed Shearwater, the tiny Fairy Tern to the Satin Flycatcher and Flame Robin. Summer visitors include Ruddy Turnstones and Sandlerlings on the beaches while the Double-banded Plover escapes from the cold of the New Zealand winter and over-winters on the comparatively mild King Island.
AND FINALLY, WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT KING ISLAND?
Everything: the people, the landscape, the remoteness and yet accessibility, the ocean, the beaches, the produce and of course, the birds.
King Island offers a unique opportunity to be transported back in time, to dirt roads, friendly neighbours and natural tranquility, only 35 minutes flight from Melbourne. Welcome to a truly unique birding experience, welcome to B.O.K.I.
B.O.K.I. takes great pride in the conservation of the island and our bountiful yet fragile bird population. We therefore reserve the right to discourage and advise against entering known areas of importance (including breeding grounds or threatened / endangered habitat) at certain times of the year. Thank you for your understanding.