I can certainly recommend George Swann of Kimberley Birdwatching, but
he is based in Broome and he may have survey commitments.
The best place to see Gouldian Finch is Wyndham. As you enter town
you will see some sculptures in a water feature. When there isn't
water lying around the district, then Gouldians are reported to come
into to drink. I am not sure what time of day. In the past, they used
to come into dripping taps at the Wyndham Hospital and at the caravan
park, and they may well still do so. Similarly for the Lake Argyle
Caravan Park. There are other places where they are good
chances. See my web site, although the information is dated and may
not be totally correct.
Kununurra is probably the best place in Australia to see
The general area is the also the best for Pictorella Mannikin, but
these can be harder to find at times. You basically want generally
flat areas with more grass than spinifex. Scattered trees are also
good for shelter (eucalypts or melaleuca). An open waterhole in the
general vicinity is also good. There are a number of such sites
between Kununurra and Wyndham (and also east of Kununurra). The
turnoff to Black Rock Falls was good in the past, and I have seen
them at The Grotto near Wyndham and in the general area of Parry
Lagoons and Parry Creek Farm also near Wyndham.
Star Finch is common in the area.
Kununurra / Wyndham is a very good area for birds such as Yellow Chat
(Lake Argyle), Buff-sided Robin, Black Bittern, Australian Little
Bittern, White-browed Crake, Mangrove Golden Whistler, White-breasted
Whistler, Lemon-bellied (Kimberley) Flycatcher, Eastern Grass Owl,
Shining Flycatcher, Spinifex Pigeon, White-quilled Rock-Pigeon,
Sandstone Shrike-thrush, Northern Rosella, etc.
Try asking at the Kununurra Hotel for Jim Gardner. He is a local
birder, and would probably know current sites for any species your
parents are interested in.
Frank O'Connor Birding WA http://birdingwa.iinet.net.au
Phone : (08) 9386 5694 Email :
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