5 days in SW WA

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Subject: 5 days in SW WA
From: Iain Blake <>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:04:34 +0000 (GMT)
Hi all,

I've just returned to Sydney after a few days birding in SW WA (10th-15th 
March) and despite the heat (over 40C for the first couple of days), the 
birding wasn't too bad at all and I managed to add 22 species to my Australia 
list in 5 days.
This report is from my east coast perspective and so sorry if some of the 
really common locals had me excited! I'd also like to say that I can't 
recommend Frank O'Connor's website highly enough and, especially if you're 
short on time, this contains an essential wealth of information on the area. 
Pretty much everything turned up where it was supposed to be!

After landing up mid morning, the first day was spent driving around the 
wheatbelt and Frank's Blue-breasted Fairy-Wren site on Collin's Road off the 
Buxton Hwy delivered along with Yellow-plumed Honeyeater and Rufous 
Treecreeper. Mute Swan and Laughing Turtle-Dove at Northam and Western Corella 
at York (mixed flock with Little Corella) continued the ticking. Plenty of 
Singing Honeyeaters about and Ringnecks and Brown Falcon by the roadside.
The second day I headed down to Albany via Dryandra. I only had a couple of 
hours at Dryandra in the middle of the day so not ideal but I did find 
Red-capped Parrot, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Black Honeyeater and Rufous 
Treecreeper. Also a beautiful Gould's Goanna. An evening walk at Lake Seppings 
in Albany turned up Inland Thornbill, Red-capped Parrot, Golden Whistler, 
New-Holland Honeyeater, Musk Duck, and Swamp Harrier.
The first of two early mornings at 2 Peoples Bay didn't deliver any of the 'big 
three' but Red-winged Fairy-Wren and the spotted version of White-browed 
Scrubwren were seen at Little Beach and White-naped Honeyeater, Rock Parrot, 
Western Rosella, and Red-capped Parrot round the picnic ground and Heritage 
trail. Brush Bronzewing on the road out. I then headed to the Stirling Ranges 
but a bit hot to be walking too much so driving round picked up Stubble Quail, 
Pipits, Scarlet Robin, and Grey Currawong. Returning to Albany just before 
dusk, the roadsides were full of flocks of birds. Common Bronzewing, Ringneck, 
Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot, and Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo.
The second early morning at 2 Peoples Bay was awesome! Western Bristlebird at 
6.10am in the Little Beach carpark. As per Frank O'Connor's instructions, wait 
in the last car bay and hope it crosses the road. It certainly did cross the 
road and joined me briefly in the last car bay only a couple of metres away. No 
such luck waiting on the path for the Noisy Scrubbird but I was treated to a 
King's Skink giving birth on the track! There were also 6 Rock Parrots at the 
carpark. A quick stop at Porongurup rewarded me with Baudin's Black-Cockatoo, 
Scarlet Robin, White-breasted Robin, Western Rosella, White-naped Honeyeater, 
and Golden Whistler before heading back to Perth.
Another hot day cycling on Rottnest was worth it with White-fronted Chat and 
Pheasant on the golf course and Banded Lapwing and Peafowl in the settlement. 
The lakes turned up Banded Stilt among the Black-shouldered variety, Red-necked 
Avocet, Buff-banded Rail and Sacred Kingfisher.
I only had a few minutes at Herdsmann Lake before the flight home and saw 
displaying Musk Duck, all three Ibis, Brown Honeyeater, and Great-crested Grebe.

I really should have given myself more time!
Cheers, Iain.

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