Trip report southwest WA to Karratha

To: "Peter Kyne" <>,
Subject: Trip report southwest WA to Karratha
From: "Nathan Waugh" <>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 11:17:06 +0800
Oh yeh i checked for the black tailed gull. I didn't find it.

On 7/31/07, Peter Kyne <> wrote:
> Hi Nathan,
> Did you check in on the Black-tailed Gull in Geraldton? No reports since
> Claire Bartron and I saw it on July 2nd, but just out of interest,
> wondering if it was still there.
> The ease of seeing those Monkey Mia Thick-billed Grasswrens really took me
> by surprise. Loved it.
> Cheers, Pete Kyne (Brisbane).
> At 04:57 PM 7/30/2007 +0800, you wrote:
> >Hi All,
> >
> >Just finished a mamoth road trip from melbourne to Karratha. 6000km in 8
> >days.
> >I saw all the SW endemics except the shriketit. Here are some of the
> >highlights.
> >
> >Nullabour qauil-thrush-2: About 2km west of the Nullabour road house.
> They
> >just flew over the road in front of the car. managed to get some decent
> >flight views after stopping.
> >Western Whipbird: Adjacent powerpole 107 on cheynes beach road. An
> absolute
> >classic sighting. I was sitting in the car comisserating about dipping at
> >fitzgerald river bridge. 40knt winds were blowing. I thought i was going
> to
> >be hard pressed getting onto any of the skulkers let alone the whipbird.
> I
> >heard an unusual call just near the car (didn't have the tape on me) i
> >crepted out of the car took a few steps toward the calling bird and was
> >surprised to see a whipbird sitting ontop a hakea bush in full song. It
> >jumped down into the bushes (a small island of bushes) and i watched it
> run
> >like a road runner in the undergrowth until it paused at the base of a
> >shrub.
> >Noisy scrub bird: Again 40knt winds blowing, but birds still calling
> around
> >the cheynes beach caravan park. Managed untickable views of one there and
> >then crippling views of one on dusk calling from 1m off the ground.
> >Western bristlebird. Easy at dawn the following day at powerpole 102.
> >Awesome views in the rising sun.
> >Rock parrot: cape leewuin light house 30+. Took a while in 40knt winds
> >again.
> >Red eared firetail: After talking to some visitors about there sightings
> of
> >red eared firetail i saw one perch on the powerline out the front of the
> van
> >park.
> >Black breasted buzzard: 40km south of billabong road house along with
> little
> >woodswallow and 5+ pied honeyeaters.
> >Spinefexbird (a few calling, one showed very well at dawn): On NW HWY
> >roadside 40km nth of Onslow turnoff.
> >Thick billed grasswren: Nice bird, almost too easy in the monkey mia
> >carpark.
> >Red breasted whistler: In mangroves beside backbeach in Karratha. Along
> with
> >dusky gerygone, yellow white eye, mangrove robin, mangrove
> >kingfisher, mangrove fantail and lesser crested tern nearby.
> >
> >Now just one tick off the 600 mark! I want it to be rufous crowned
> >emuwren...
> >
> >A fantastic trip. Great birds among other herps and mammals.
> >
> >Cheers
> >Nathan Waugh
> >Karratha, WA
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