W.A. tour April 2001 #1 0verview.

To: Michael J Hunter <>
Subject: W.A. tour April 2001 #1 0verview.
From: Laurie & Leanne Knight <>
Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 13:32:57 +1000
Michael J Hunter wrote:
>     Of our alltime best birding memories, one of the half-dozen most sublime
> is the crystal-clear echoing of a Pied Butcherbirds' drawn out fluting calls
> through a limestone gorge in Cape Range National Park, with the spectacular
> multi-colours of the gorge walls lighting up in the morning sunlight as
> background, and rock-wallabies looking on from both sides.

Ah, I take it you mean Yardie Ck - it is quite nice lying back in the
warmish fresh water section listening to the butcherbirds.  I take it
you also found the bowerbirds hanging round the fig trees.

The fact that 92% of the road side scenery appeared to be boring is a
consequence of the fact that you were travelling at the wrong time of
year - the countryside is very beautiful in late winter - late spring
when the winter rain has greened things up and the flowers are out in
their incredible diverstiy.  The scrub birds are also easier to see at
that time of year.

On the other hand, the Pilbara is often nicely green with plenty of
water in the gorges in April following the summer's cyclones ...

Regards, Laurie.
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