EAC’s Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series continues with Woody Gillies presenting Roos, Emus and Kookaburras! A Photo Tour of Australian Wildlife, at 3 pm, February 18. The mysterious land down under is known to many through pop culture renderings like Crocodile Dundee—a land rife with poisonous snakes, giant saltwater crocodiles, nasty spiders, deadly hot deserts, and kangaroos. While all these things are found in Australia, it also has many unusual birds, some quite bizarre like the Emu, an ostrich-like bird found in arid areas, and others that are beautiful and brightly colored, such as the Rainbow Lorikeet. Gillies’ photo tour of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria in Eastern Australia will concentrate on many of the birds and some of the mammals found in these states. Along the way we will see photos of Australian landscapes, reptiles, wildflowers and small towns.

Rainbow Lorikeet, Bawley Point, NSW Australia. Photo by Woody Gillies.

Woody Gillies has had an interest in birds since his mother introduced him to backyard birding at an early age. When he was in junior high, he tagged along with his older brother who was taking a college course in field ornithology. A retired Professor from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, he taught chemistry and had a graduate research program for thirty-five years. He was a member of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club, Mass Audubon and past president of Fundy Audubon, a local chapter of Maine Audubon. Gillies has birded in the Canadian Maritimes, Central America, Australia, Indonesia, and Europe. As a Downeast regional coordinator for the 2nd Maine Breeding Bird Atlas and Winter Bird Survey, he has spent many hours birding lesser-known areas of Washington County. He has been interested in nature photography most of his adult life and photographs wildlife, especially birds, wherever his travels take him.

Grey Kangaroos, Halls Gap, Victoria, Australia, photo by Woody Gillies.

The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series is a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center. The events are offered by voluntary donation, with proceeds shared equally between the presenters and EAC ongoing program The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The full series schedule, which runs weekly through early April, skipping Easter Sunday, may be found at eastportartscenter.org/the-concert-series.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional. 

Emu, Tidbinbilla Nature Preserve, Australian Capital Territory NSW, Australia. Photo by Woody Gillies.