WA Trip 2a

Subject: WA Trip 2a
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 09:57:23 +1000
Thanks for everyone's response. I apologise for excluding the subject - I was trying to do three things at once at work before I went and I realised I forgot it straight away. I also did send the next two files, but they were two big and they bounced. I was away from work yesterday, and this is my first chance to send them.

This is the second file for my WA trip and lists the Non-Passerines seen. I have provided the first location for each species, and the number of days seen. Names for this list are based on Christidis and Boles. Those with asterisks were new species for my list. For any species of particular interest to non-Sandgropers I have tried to provide a few extra details. Once again, if you are interested in any other details, send me an e-mail.

Emu     Dromaius novaehollandiae
First seen in paddocks near Pemberton on the 23rd of August. Seen again the following day, then 1 bird in the Stirling Ranges on the 28th. Seen every day north every day north of Geraldton, except the two days around Denham. The largest flock seen during the eight days recorded was in a backyard, just to the south of Kalbarri.

*Common Pheasant        Phasianus colchicus
The second of the ?scunge? ticks for the trip, though have also seen this introduced in both New Zealand and Great Britain. A single female flushed from low heath on the golf course on Rottnesrt Island on the 19th.

*Indian Peafowl         Pavo cristatus
The first of the ?scunge? ticks, with a number around the settlement area on Rottnest Island. Another seen later the same day (19th) at least was heading towards the bush to roost.

Blue-billed Duck                Oxyura australis
Seen on two occasions, about six seen on a roadside lake north of Moora on the 31st. A number were seen at both sides of Lake Herdsman on the 7th.

Musk Duck       Biziura lobata
Seen at the same locations as the previous species, one roadside on the 31st, and a number at Herdsman Lake on the 7th.

*Mute Swan      Cygnus olor
The final introduced species to be counted as a tick. Over a dozen recorded at Northam weir on both the 30th and 31st.

Black Swan      Cygnus atratus
Seen on eight days, including Bibra Lake (20th), near Busselton (22nd), and the Murchison River crossing (1st and 4th). Seen every day on the coast north of Perth between the 4th and the 8th.

Australian Shelduck     Tadorna tadornoides
Common, being seen on 15 days, at various locations including Kings Park and as far north as Monkey Mia. A number seen with ducklings.

Australian Wood Duck    Chenonetta jubata
Seen on 11 days, first at Bibra Lake on the 20th. Commonest in the south west and not seen north of Geraldton.

Mallard         Anas platyrhynchos
Mallards were seen at Bibra Lake (20th), Northam Weir on the 30th (where hybridising with Pacific Black Ducks) and at Yanchep NP (7th).

Pacific Black Duck      Anas superciliosa
The commonest duck, seen on 16 days, including Perth. Least common north of Geraldton, with virtually all the birds at Northam Weir hybrids with Mallards.

Australasian Shoveller  Anas rhynchotis
Seen on four days, at Bibra Lake on the 20th, at a swamp near Busselton on the 22nd, at a swamp near Greenough (south of Geraldton) on the 6th and Herdsman Lake on the 7th.

Grey Teal       Anas gracilis
First seen at a roadside swamp near Donnybrook on the 22nd, then in the wheat belt on the 30th and 31st. Observed at Carnarvan on the 2nd, and at Yanchep NP and at southern Lake Herdsman (6th and 7th).

Chestnut Teal   Anas castanea
Three were seen at Fitzgerald River crossing on the 29th, and a pair seen at a dam between Ravensthorpe and Lake King the following day.

Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus
A small flock seen at a roadside swamp near Greenough on the 6th.

Hardhead        Aythya australis
Seen on five days, at Bibra Lake (20th), near Donnybrook on the 22nd, at Northam Weir on both the 30th and 31st and Yanchep National Park on the 6th.

Australasian Grebe      Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
First seen at a swamp near Busselton on the 22nd, then not seen until Northam (on the 30th and 31st). Commonest north of Perth, including at the Murchison River crossing, the swamp near Greenough and at Yanchep NP, for a total of eight days.

Hoary-headed Grebe      Poliocephalus poliocephalus
Less common than the Australasian Grebe, seen only at Bibra Lake (on the 20th), at the swamp near Greenough (on both 31st and the 6th) and at Yanchep NP on the 6th.

Great Crested Grebe     Podiceps cristatus
Several seen at Lake Herdsman on 6th at both the north and south shores.

Black-browed Albatross  Diomedea melanophris
At least one bird seen off the Gap near Albany on the 25th. Other Albatross were seen, but were too far out to sea to be identified.

Australasian Gannet     Morus serrator
Seen on four days at various spots around the south coast, between Sugarloaf Rock (22nd) and Waychincup NP (27th)

Australian Darter       Anhinga melanogaster
Darters were seen in freshwater at Bibra Lake on the 20th and near Busselton on the 22nd, in the estuary at Kalbarri on the 5th and on a beach at Augusta on the 23rd.

Little Pied Cormorant   Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
The most regularly recorded of the cormorants, being recorded on 17 days from Perth to Carnarvon in both fresh and salt water areas.

Pied Cormorant          Phalacrocorax varius
Commonest north of Perth, being seen every day between the 31st and the 7th, as well as the 18th and 19th in Perth itself. Otherwise, only seen around the south west corner between Dunsborough and Walpole, to total 12 days.

Little Black Cormorant  Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
As with the previous species, recorded every day between the 31st and the 7th, after being first seen in Perth on the 21st. Seen on two other days in the south west to bring to a total of eleven.

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
The least recorded of the cormorants, being counted on seven days, including in Perth, Albany and Kalbarri.

Australian Pelican      Pelecanus conspicillatus
Once again, recorded regularly north of Perth (1st to 7th), otherwise only in Perth itself and around Albany, for a total of 11 days.

White-faced Heron       Egretta novaehollandiae
The most widespread heron, first seen in the outer suburbs of Perth on the 22nd. Usually seen as scattered individuals on 13 days, but on about eight were together on Thompson?s Lane at Lake Muir.

Little Egret    Egretta garzetta
Single birds in breeding plumage were seen at New Beach (1st) and Mile Long Jetty at Carnarvon (2nd).

White-necked Heron      Ardea pacifica
A single bird seen in swampland west of Albany on the 25th, and one flew overhead at Windmill Roadhouse (Brand Highway, north of Perth) on the 7th.

Great Egret     Ardea alba
Recorded on eight days, firstly at a swamp near Busselton on the 22nd. Recorded around Albany on the 25th and 26th, and then at a number of locations north of Geraldton.

Striated Heron  Butorides striatus
A single bird flushed from mangroves at New Beach on the 1st and another on the 3rd at Little Lagoon near Denham.

Nankeen Night Heron     Nycticorax caledonicus
A single juvenile bird being harassed by gulls seen at the wharf on Rottnest Island on the 19th, a number were roosting in Casuarinas at the Murchison River crossing on the 1st, and three in trees on the southern shore of Lake Herdsman on the 7th.

Australian White Ibis   Threskiornis molucca
Seen on seven days, being commonest in Perth (birds first seen on the 18th near Bull Creek). Elsewhere, only seen near Busselton (22nd) and at Carnarvon (1st).

Straw-necked Ibis       Threskiornis spinicollis
Flocks of birds were seen in wet paddocks on three occasions, on the 22nd, 25th and 7th.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes
First seen at a swamp near Busselton on the 22nd, and seen on another six days, as far north as Geraldton.

Osprey  Pandion haliaetus
At least four individual birds seen in the Dunsborough-Cape Naturaliste area, including a nest in the grounds at the youth hostel in Dunsborough on the 22nd. Seen again the next day in the same area, before being seen twice more, at New Beach on the 1st and at Oyster Reef (Kalbarri) on the 6th.

Black-shouldered Kite   Elanus axillaris
Individuals were seen on five days, firstly near Busselton on the 22nd. Recorded on both days in the Carnarvon area (1st and 2nd).

Square-tailed Kite      Lophoictinia isura
After finally seeing my first Square-tailed Kite earlier this year, they proved to be very common in WA. Dryandra proved a hot spot with a single bird circling the Old Mill Dam on the 20th, two birds over Lol Grey Lookout and a third, well-marked bird seen at the Tomingley Road banding site on the 21st. Another bird flew over the Sinker Reef track at Two People?s Bay on the 26th, and another was circling over woodland at the start of the scenic drive in Stirling Ranges NP on the 28th.

Black-breasted Buzzard  Hamirostra melanosternon
A single bird seen circling over the road near ?Nerren Nerren? on 4th, in the same area Edwin Vella recorded one on his trip.

Whistling Kite  Haliastur sphenurus
First seen near Busselton on the 22nd, and then on four other days near Albany, Carnarvon and the Murchison River at Kalbarri.

Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis
A single bird flew over the road just north of Northampton on the 6th.

Swamp Harrier   Circus approximans
Seen every day for five days from the 23rd, over paddocks or swampland in the south west corner as far east as Waychinicup. A single bird also seen at southern Lake Herdsman on the 7th.

Brown Goshawk           Accipiter fasciatus
One bird seen over the Z Bend lookout at Kalbarri NP on the 5th.

Collared Sparrowhawk    Accipiter cirrhocephalus
Single birds were seen at Cheynes Beach and roadside east of Porongorup on the 27th, roadside on the 30th and in the Murchison River Gorge below Ross Graham Lookout in Kalbarri NP on the 4th.

Wedge-tailed Eagle      Aquila audax
Recorded on 13 days from the 20th, usually flying overhead. Specific locations included Dryandra, Albany, Stirling Ranges and Kalbarri National Parks.

Little Eagle    Hieraaetus morphnoides
Seen on five days with the first near Donnybrook on the 22nd. Commonest in the Kalbarri area, with birds seen on the 4th and 5th at Ross Graham Lookout and Meanarra Hill.

Brown Falcon    Falco berigora
Seen first on the 20th on the edge of the wheat belt, before being seen on nine consecutive days (starting on the 24th) between Pemberton and Carnarvon.

Australian Hobby        Falco longipennis
Single birds were seen in heath to the east of Cervantes (6th) and in a Norfolk Pine at Lake Monger the following day.

Nankeen Kestrel         Falco cenchroides
The commonest raptor, recorded on 14 days, first near Busselton on the 22nd. More regular north of Perth, seen on ten consecutive days from the 29th.

Buff-banded Rail        Gallirallus philippensis
A single bird was seen running around stunted mangroves from the Mile Long Jetty at Carnarvon on the 2nd.

Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
First seen at Bibra Lake on the 20th, with one at the carpark at Wugong Dam the same day. Seen on three other days, including a swamp near Busselton and Lake Herdsman.

Dusky Moorhen   Gallinula tenebrosa
Also seen on four days, including Bibra Lake (20th), Albany (25th) and Lake Herdsman (7th).

Black-tailed Native-hen Gallinula ventralis
Small flocks seen at roadside swamps on four days, with the first just west of Wave Rock on the 30th. Also near Eneabba the following day, and near Cervantes on the 6th. The most unusual sighting was one feeding on bread with the swans and ducks at the Northam Weir on the 30th.

Eurasian Coot   Fulica atra
Seen on nine days, including the Lakes in Perth, a swamp near Busselton (22nd) and as far north as the Murchison River crossing.

Painted Button-quail    Turnix varia
At least two birds (probably three) seen at the Gura Road junction in Dryandra on the 21st. Seemed paler than birds in the east.

Bar-tailed Godwit       Limosa lapponica
A few birds were present at New Beach on the 1st, and a larger number present at the wader roost near Denham on the 3rd.

Eastern Curlew  Numenius madagascariensis
A single bird was seen at New Beach on the 1st.

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