Subject: [UNCLASSIFIED] Exmouth
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 12:06:43 +1000
Took a whirlwind tour to Exmouth- 3 days
A great place for birds, although was really there to meet up with my cousin, 
see Ningaloo reef so didn't get much of a chance for birding. Nevertheless
In the town were zebra finches breeding in the tops of palms. Lots of little 
corellas of the western form, peaceful doves.

In the Cape Range national park
At Yardi Creek Gorge nothing that great because very windy but saw a bar 
shouldered dove and black faced woodswallows unfortunately no rock wallabies, 
but they are there. The information centre staff were excited that I saw a 
wedge tailed eagle. In the car park saw a group of yellow throated miners, and 
a crested bellbird- a great bird with lots of personality. 
On the road driving through the Cape Range NP saw 2 australian bustards, lots 
of emus and wallaroos, and 1 spinifex pigeon. In 3 places there were ospreys 
including a family group of 5.
At mangrove sanctuary saw lots of eastern reef egrets and 2 mangrove herons. 
Lots of waders that I couldn't ID, plus raptors flying over but at too great a 
distance, which i suspect were square tailed kites.
Next to ningaloo reef at turquoise bay red capped plover.
Lots of life ticks for me. But looking at recent lists of birds from the park 
(at the information centre) could have got many more, including painted 
firetail and striated grasswren, rufous crowned emu wren, brahminy kites and 
lots of waders.

The reef is great, so many fish and you can snorkel off the coast. We saw black 
and white tipped reef sharks and a turtle. My favourite fish is the butterfly 
fish, plus saw lots of angel fish and parrot fish.


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