RFI Birds in WA

To: Jana Crooks <>
Subject: RFI Birds in WA
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 19:46:40 +1000
Jana Crooks wrote:

Hi everyone,
I have just flown over to WA (Broome - have been to BBO) to meet a friend, and we will be driving South and then East and North to eventually get back to Brisbane in about 3 months...

We will mainly be heading South on the coast road, although we're probably going to make a detour into the Pilbara as well. We will be going right down to the South-western tip of WA. Also, since we aren't in a huge hurry, we are definitely happy to make detours for 'not-to-be-missed' areas.

I have been birding for about 2 years or so, and have never been to WA before, so am probably more interested in areas that are generally good for local birds, rather than making special trips to see one rarity - although we're into doing this if the place is reasonably accessible.

Dear Jana
Just 40km south of Dongara, which is south of Geraldton, is the Australian Wildflower caravan/camping site with I think cabins - great for flowers and birds. They conduct guided tours to talk about the plants - a good spot for Elegant Parrots and lots of other birds.

Another interesting spot is the Hutt Lagoon, a pink lake on the way from Northampton to Port Gregory, or the coast road from Gerladton to PG - Ospreys nest out on a pole at P.Gregory. An interesting area historically but birds are few and flowers are wonderful.

Wicherina Nature Reserve is worrh a visit - just outside Geraldton, as is the St.Francis Xavier Church in Geraldton. If you want to do a trip to the Albrolhos, I understand it is worth taking the plane - saves a lot of time and you get to see more, but make sure it is a bird orientated trip.

Monkey Mia is also worth a visit - but not during school holidays.

And when you get further south - head slightly inland south-east to Dryandra State Forest - they have cabins to hire and if you are there when the proteas are in flower, the honeyeaters are superb - I saw 11 species at one site. Also breeding Stone Curlews, Numbats, Rufous Treecreepers, Western Yellow Robins, Black-capped Sitellas, and lots of wallabies and roos.

Frank O'Conner is an amazing source of up-to-date information. He has a website -
but this may be out of date.

Have a good trip - it's wonderful when the flowers are out.
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