'Reliable' Red-eared Firetail site

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Subject: 'Reliable' Red-eared Firetail site
From: Dr Richard Nowotny <>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2003 23:48:43 +1100
I am aware that birding visitors to Western Australia can sometimes experience difficulty finding Red-eared Firetail - and it can certainly be a tricky find.  On my annual Christmas visit to south-west WA (Margaret River and environs) I have discovered what seems to be a quite reliable site for the Firetail (seen without difficulty 3 years running) and I provide directions for this site for anyone who might find them helpful.
Take the Bussell Hwy south from Margaret River to Sebbes Rd.  Turn right into Sebbes Rd and drive (west) to the very end of the (gravel) road. (At the end there are two private driveways, one to the left and one to the right, with a sandy track directly between them - this sandy track, which is normally manageable by regular vehicle, will take you through to Caves Rd if desired).
From the end of the gravel, retrace your path back along Sebbes Rd for 0.4 kms.  On your right (the south side of the road) there are a number of large logs (felled trees) lying in a depression (which is water-logged in winter/spring).  Park near here and walk the road for 25 metres or so either side of these logs.  The Firetails may be found on either side of the road.  (A tape, for those who choose to use them, can be helpful.)
Other species of interest in this very nice little stretch of wet shrubbery and tall trees include Red-winged and Splendid Wrens, White-breasted and Scarlet Robins, Western Rosella, Spotted Pardalote, White-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Tree Martin, Dusky Woodswallow, White-naped Honeyeater, etc.

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