Re: [Birding-Aus] rock parrots, nowingi, SW WA...

Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] rock parrots, nowingi, SW WA...
From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 13:35:46 +0800

Lorne Johnson asked:

> 2. Is Two Peoples Bay the best place to see
> the bristlebird, scrub-bird and whipbird in
> SW WA? Is there anywhere closer to the Margaret River?

Cheynes Beach is the best place to see these birds.  The bristlebird
and whipbird are just up the sandy Bald Island track past the caravan
park entrance.  Stand at the corner where the track forks.  The
best place to see the scrubbird is nearby at Waychinicup.  Try at
the creek crossing halfway in.  Also at the camp ground, walk down
to the inlet and follow the track left along the edge of the inlet until
you get to a small clearing on your left as the creek joins the inlet.

The best place to see the whipbird is actually the Fitzgerald River NP
along Quiss Road at the fee paying station.  But this is the other
race (Mallee Whipbird).

> 3. Are Rock Parrots easy to see in Port GAwler,
> SA? Can the places to see them be accessed by
> conventional vehicle?

Rock Parrots are almost certain at the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse near
Augusta.  I have also seen them at Hamelin Bay between Augusta and
Margaret River.  I also see them about 4 times out of 5 at Two
Peoples Bay.  Walk along the beach to the left past the creek and
look in the next 500 metres or so.  They are also a chance along
Middleton Beach near Albany.  And at Rottnest Island close to the
tennis courts at Bathurst Point.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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