Mike participates in biannual expeditions to Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve, conducting seabird, shorebird and waterbird surveys. He has participated in over 20 trips to Ashmore Reef.
Mike’s particular interest and expertise in birds is with seabird and wetland birds. Mike conducts monthly surveys of birds at Melbourne Water’s Eastern Treatment Plant and has been doing so since 1996: to date this represents 17 years of continuous count data.
He was instrumental in pioneering pelagic seabird surveys in southern Australia from Port Fairy and Portland, Victoria, commencing in 1980.
Mike Carter is a member of the BirdLife Australia Rarities Committee, and is regularly called upon for his expert opinion on bird identification.