Trip Report WA

Subject: Trip Report WA
From: allan benson <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 15:20:31 -0800
Highlights of a trip to South Western Australia from the 3/1/01-12/01/01
were as follows:

Five of my Eight target species were seen- Noisy Scrubbird, Western
Bristlebird, Rock Parrot, Short-tailed black Cockatoo and Blue Breasted

Noisy Scrubbird was seen on the first morning at Two Peoples Bay near
Albany.   It was an extremely lucky sighting on the firebreak on the
hill above Two Peoples Bay. I saw the bird?s tail in a bush about 15 cm
above the ground and about 10 cm into the bush as it was calling. As I
shifted my position (I was only 2.5 metres away) to get a better look it
dived back into the bush showing its head and back. The next day I went
to the same spot and the Scrubbird ?followed? me along the firebreak
calling continuously. At one stage it crossed the firebreak within 5
metres of me. The firebreak is 10-12metres wide and I only caught the
impression of a dark shape in my peripheral vision. This is a very hard
bird to see!!

I had 10 good views of the Western Bristlebird mostly at Little Beach in
the vicinity of the toilets. A pair of bird moves down the hill and
across the roadway each morning  but it means an early start as the
birds are well down toward the beach by 6am.

4 Rock Parrots were seen in the pm at Middleton Beach feeding in the
dune right next to a very busy dog exercise area. Another 10 were seen
in flight. 20+  Rock Parrots were seen at Little Beach one morning
feeding in the flowering heath on the track down from the car park.

All Black Cockies seen well were the Short-billed type. This included
birds at Cape Leuwin, Margaret River and around Albany.

Blue-breasted Fairy-wren was seen at the main dam at Dryandra. Only a
fleeting glimpse obtained of the male but females seen very well for
prolonged periods to ensure positive ID.

The total list for the trip was a surprisingly low 116.

Other Highlights;

- 3 Spotted Nightjar at Little Beach Two Peoples Bay. Roosting on the
road at 4.30 am but not there 9 pm that night.

20+ Elegant Parrots on the road into Two People Bay.

Pair of Boobook Owls near Bluff Knoll Cafe in Sterling Ranges NP.

Flock of Purple-crowned Lorikeets at the Tree Top Walk at Walpole.

3 Bush Stone Curlews at the Lions Club Village at Dryandra.

7 Red-tailed Black Cockatoos on Albany highway north of North Bannister. 

I dipped on 3 species- Little Shearwater which was always a long shot,
Western Whipbird  and Red-eared Firetail. The firetail was very
frustrating. Frank O?Connor?s notes list the firetail at virtually very
site in the SW and I even went to Wugong Dam twice with absolutely no
luck. I tried the Phil Hansbro method twice for the Western Whipbird.
The first morning they were already calling when I got there and the
second morning they weren?t calling at all probably because it was so
windy. I probably should have tried Fitzgerald National Park but the
family were not that keen the drive 2 hours each way.

I was disappointed not to get the Long -billed Black Cockatoo and
Western Corella to reconfirm previous sightings.

Non Birding Highlights were:

Watching Windsurfers surf 5 metres waves and surfers 3-4 metres waves at
Margaret River. Awesome!!!

Jewel Cave near Augusta

Whaleworld at Albany

The Gap/Natural Arch and the Coastal Scenery near Albany

The gardens of Voyager winery at Margaret River.

My 15 year old son buying No Friends shorts at EBB (Exclusively Body
Boarding ) at Scarborough. He thought it was great.

I need to acknowledge and thank FranK O?Connor for his excellent notes
from his website which made a lot of the above possible. 

I will be writing a more detailed account of the trip  for my personal
notes. If you would like a copy or a full bird please  email me.


Allan Benson
8 Sherston Close Niagara Park NSW Australia 
Phone  61-243- 627189

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