Mark Watson’s love of the great outdoors and the natural environment is what has led him in his work as a Naturalist and Field guide for more than 20 years.
Mark started out working on the pearl farms that dot the coastline of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. He spent ten years as a ranger on the one million acre wilderness park known as El Questro, refining his naturalist skills whilst conducting bird watching tours on horseback, Barramundi fishing trips by four wheel drive and helicopter, as well as cruising the many spectacular gorges in search of rare birds, plants, crocodiles and other endemic wildlife.Mark then travelled down to Tasmania and led bushwalking trips through the rugged Cradle Mountain region. In the winter, he headed back up to the Kimberley to a remote lodge at Faraway Bay, where he led excursions to hidden caves and overhangs, exploring mysterious rock art that had been lost to the world for hundreds of years.
For much of the last seven years, Mark has been an integral member of the expedition team for Orion Expeditions, guiding guests through the Kimberley, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Indonesia and South East Asia regions. He is passionate about all aspects of the old world tropics, from the biodiversity of the coral triangle, to the rainforests that are home to a plethora of endemic bird species and primates.