Re: Western Australia RFI

To: "Annabel Ashworth/Hoskins" <>,
Subject: Re: Western Australia RFI
From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 17:44:03 +0800

Annabel Ashworth/Hoskins asked :
>I am heading to Western Australia briefly in the
>beginning of June and am hoping to do a bit of
>birdwatching whilst there.   I will only have one
>free day in Perth and one, possibly two, in Exmouth.
>Can anyone please suggest good places to spend the time?
>Target species are Rufous crowned emu wren and
>Spinifex bird around Exmouth and Rock parrot, Mute
>swan, Rufous treecreeper, Western yellow robin, and
>Red-eared firetail around Perth
>A Bridled tern wouldn't go amiss either!

Spinifexbird - Try Shothole Canyon just south of Exmouth.  Any area of good spinifex should be a chance.

Rufous-crowned Emu-wren - A chance in the same habitat as Spinifexbird, although I usually see them with a few eucalypts or other small trees mixed in with the spinifex.

Rock Parrot - Rottnest Island at Bickley Swamp, or in the vicinity of the tennis courts at Bathurst Point.  Also opposite Lancelin Island north of Perth.

Mute Swan - Very easy on the weir at Northam.

Rufous Treecreeper - Anywhere with Wandoo (e.g. on way to Northam).  If you miss along Great Eastern Highway, then try Flynn Road near the Lakes Roadhouse.  Chance across the road from Gleneagle Rest Area.

Western Yellow Robin - Chance where Rufous Treecreeper occurs, but also jarrah / marri woodland.  Flynn Road is a good chance.  Wambyn Road NR off the road to York from the Lakes Roadhouse is a good chance.  Gleneagle Rest Area on Albany Highway (about 30km from Armadale) is a very good chance.  Bungendore State Forest off Admiral Road off Albany Highway near Armadale is a good chance.

Red-eared Firetail - Piesse Brook at the end of Schipp Road near Kalamunda (can be done on the way to/from Northam) is a good chance.  Bickley Brook is a chance.  Wungong Gorge is a chance.

Bridled Tern - No chance in June.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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