Western Whipbirds at Two Peoples' Bay

To: Syd Curtis <>, <>
Subject: Western Whipbirds at Two Peoples' Bay
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 09:40:49 +0800
Syd Curtis wrote : 
> I was pleased to see the postings about Western Whipbirds at Two
> Peoples Bay.  My wife and I were over in the West a few weeks ago.
> Hired a car in Albany and drove to Two Peoples' Bay, not to do any
> birding, but just because it's such a beautiful place.  Had lunch
> in the Little Beach car park, and to my great delight heard while
> sitting in the car (it rained), a bird song (duet, I think) that I
> hadn't heard since I visited the CSIRO Noisy Scrubbird research
> project in '72.  Reckoned it was the Whipbird.
> Certainly wasn't a Noisy, and the only other possibility was W.
> Bristle-bird, but my recollection was that it was Whipbird.  Nice
> to have it confirmed.


They were most likely Western Bristlebirds.  There is (at least) a pair 
very close to the car park at Little Beach.  You can often see them cross 
the road, and sometimes they make their way down the side of the road and 
even under the car.  The Western Bristlebird certainly duets.  It is a 
wonderful melody, and my favourite of the big three at TPB.

You can hear Western Whipbirds from the car park, but not nearly as common 
as the Western Bristlebird, and usually further up the slope towards where 
you hear the Noisy Scrubbird.
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