Trip report - Two Peoples Bay

Subject: Trip report - Two Peoples Bay
From: Robert BERRY <>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 1996 11:30:41 -0800
A Flying Visit to the South West 
02.11.96 - 05.11.96

Many thanks to those who replied to my request for information re Two Peoples 
Bay :-
Margaret Cameron
Sean Pywell
John Penhallurick
Frank O'Connor

Being Victorian based and on my first trip to the South West (Australian Atlas 
Region) I was most 
interested in the endemic species and more notable subspecies. Time as always 
was short and the 
schedule was pretty hectic. The itinerary and highlights were as follows :-

Arrived Perth late 1.11.96, stayed at Town Lodge Motel, opposite the Zoo. Dawn 
(approx 0500) on the 
second saw a stream of Nankeen Night-herons returning to their roosts and as 
the light improved it 
turned out that view not only included the Swan River but also a breeding 
colony of Great Egrets. A 
walk before breakfast turned up Laughing Dove, Red-capped Parrot and Little 
Wattlebird (insurance 

Drove to Dryandra which turned out rather quiet but managed to pick up 
Blue-breasted Fairywren in an 
area of sandy heath.  The next major stop was Stirling Range NP, the drive 
enlivened by Regent Parrots. The National Park yielded 19 species in just under 
2 hours including Elegant Parrot, Short-billed Black-Cockatoo and 
Purple-crowned Lorikeet. Arrived Albany after dark.

3.11.96 - up at 4am and on station, as directed, at Little Beach Carpark, Two 
Peoples Bay Nature 
Reserve by 0500. Parked half out of the last bay looking back up the road. The 
Western Bristlebird 
announced its presence at about 20 past, for anyone familiar with the Rufous 
Bristlebird the kinship of 
the call is immediately obvious but the Western seems far more melodious. There 
followed a couple of 
glimpses until a pair emerged in front of the car and boldly foraged over the 
lower foliage bordering the 
carpark. The only other birds heard or seen during this time were White-browed 
Scrubwren and New-
Holland Honeyeater.

The next destination was Sinker Reef Carpark but had a little trouble finding 
it and arrived at the Picnic 
area and had to settle for White-breasted Robin and Red-winged Fairywren. 
Walked the Heritage trail 
where the Southern Scrub-robin was calling prominently but not making itself 
visible. Back in the car and soon at the right car park. Hiked out to Wave Sign 
Gully. Took up position with a view down the narrow trail to the creek and 
waited. The Noisy Scrub-bird soon started calling and fortunately it soon 
became obvious that it was working its way towards me up the gully. There was a 
second on the other side of the creek slightly in advance of it. After an hour 
and 20 minutes it was just inches away from me. Two things were obvious, 1) it 
is stone deaf, 2) it is very hard to see. There was silence for a short while 
and then it crossed the path about 2 metres away. Not a great view but all I 
was going to get.

A visit to Sinker Reef turned up Sooty Oystercatcher, Flesh-footed Shearwater 
and White-cheeked 
Honeyeater. The walk back found some more Short-billed Blackatoos. To my ear 
their call sounds very 
like the Yellow-tailed.

Had a chat with Ranger Danks, his tip for the Whipbird is Little Beach carpark 
at dawn! I dipped.

The Albany Region has much more to offer and during the arvo I visited Oyster 
Harbour, Lake Sepping, 
Emu Point, Lake Powell, The Gap, Rushy Point and Nanerup. Highlights included 
Square-tailed Kite, 
Western Rosella and some nice waders. The most exciting moment though was 
generated by the Black 
Snake at Lake Sepping. A big day but no Red-eared Firetail.

4.11.96 - early start, still adding to the trip list with things like Inland 
Thornbill and White-necked 
Heron. First name destination Walpole-Nornalup NP. The forest in the Valley of 
the Giants is extremely 
impressive. Here were Long-billed Black-Cockatoos. Their call seemed strikingly 
different, I transcribed 
it as wee er er er eee ya, another call was a clipped kun yip kun yip kun yip. 
I would be most interested 
to hear more on this from any one with greater experience. The fieldguides are 
poor on the two Black 
Cockies of the area and they have a cute way of hiding their bills in their 
beards. The local White-naped 
Honeyeaters were also in evidence - no red crescent over the eye (the splitters 
need to get onto this 

The Knoll area nearby turned up Rufous Treecreeper and the local Crested 
Shrike-tit - subspecies 
leucogaster and funnily enough its got a white belly. A group of White-browed 
Babblers took me rather 
by surprise.

On and on to Leuwin-Naturaliste NP finding Splendid Fairywren and looking 
anxiously for the Red-
eared Firetail. Sugarloaf Rock lived up to it's reputation with 9 Red-tailed 
Tropicbirds calling raucously. 
And finally the firetail in the light house carpark.

Overnight in Bunbury. 5.11.96 to Perth via Benger Swamp, Yalgorup NP and the 
stromatolytes in Lake 
Clifton (+ Rainbow Beeeaters ), Harvey Estuary, Peel Inlet, Point Peron ( 
Bridled, Fairy and Caspian 
Terns ). And thence to Melbourne. Four days birding, 123 species, 15 lifers. 
I'll have to go back for 
Western Yellow-Robin, Spinebill and Thornbill; and once again the Western 
Whipbird has eluded me.

Robert Berry.

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