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

To: Michael J Hunter <>
Subject: W.A. tour April 2001 #1 0verview.
Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 12:42:07 +0800
> Laurie Knight wrote:
> 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.

I tend to disagree about the Noisy Scrubbird.  I can't remember missing it 
whenever I have looked for it from late January to April, but I would miss 
it more often than not from August through to November.  But you have to 
be patient.  If you try to pish / squeak it in, it usually comes close but 
stays hidden.  If you sit still you fairly often get a good view in the 
open.  When I have seen it, I have always seen it within the first 30 
minutes (often within 5 minutes).  The longest I have waited is 3 hours 
and it passed by (because it calls often) several times without me seeing 

And even as a West Australian I would largely agree about his description 
of the scenery. 100s of kms of the same.  Wheat fields in the south.  
Mulga further north, although as Laurie says the wildflowers north of 
Perth from August to October or so are spectacular, but often they are 
very patchy.
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