Perth to Broome

Subject: Perth to Broome
From: Maxime Zucca <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 08:10:36 +0200
Dear Birders,

Here is another digest of my last observations, this time between Perth and
Broome. I hope they won't be too many orthographic mistakes in the names
this time !!
Feel free to use these datas if you need it.

Maxime Zucca and Anne-Laure Dussuchal (France)

*Road north of Perth, June 26th*

-several flocks of Short-billed Black Cockatoos in the evening, some
red-caped Parrots, etc

* *

*Road to Cervantes,  June 27th*

-Western Gerygones and Western Thornbills

* *

*Pinnacles, June 27th*

-1 White-backed Swallow

*Cervantes, Stromatolites lake, June 27th*

-5 Australian Shovelers

* *

*Geraldton, along Chapman River and surroundings, near the golf, on 28th-29

-1 Brown Goshawk on 29th

-1 Little Eagle on 29th

-1 Australian Hobby on 28th

-1 Bush Stone Curlew on 29th

-Horsfield cuckoos, Variegated Fairy-Wrens, Western Gerygones, White-plumed

-1 Southern Boobook on 29th

-2 Sacred Kingfisher on 29th

-1 White-backed Swallow on 29th

*Geraldton, center*

-1 Collared Sparrowhawk on 30th

*Geraldton, seaside*

-4 Ospreys regularly seen in various places, very tame

*Geraldton wharf on 30th*

-1 Roseate Tern in breeding plumage

-3 Eastern Reef Herons

*Murchison River rest area on 1st*

A good stop on the road, as advised by Frank O’Connor website…

-Zebra Finches were common (and they were seen nearly everyday after this,
so not included thereafter)

-Diamonds Doves on the car park

-High density of Splendid Fairy-Wrens, and several White-winged Fairy-wrens

-1 Crested Bellbird

-2 Mistletoe birds

-Red-capped Robins, Horsfield Cuckoos, Western Gerygone, Southern Whiteface,
White-winged Triller are quite common

*On the road 50 km north of Murchison river rest area, on 1st July*

-30+ Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

-1 Echidnae

*Hamelin pool (Shark Bay), along the access dirt road, and on the car park,
on 2nd July*

-Flocks of Pied Honeyeaters constantly flying eastwards during the early
morning : flocks of 30-100 every 10 minutes during 2 hours, maybe mixed with
WW Trillers (cf thereafter) ; pied honeyeaters were also singing everywhere
in the bush.

-our first cockatiels and Crimson chats

-numerous white-winged and variegated Fairy-wrens, a few Chestnut-rumped
Thornbills and Southern Whitefaces

-10+ Red-capped Robins and 5 Hooded Robins

-White-browed Babblers, Chiming Wedgebills, Rufous Songlarks

-1 Mistletoebird, 1 White-backed Swallow

*Monkey Mia (Shark Bay) , on 3rd-4th July*

-Thick-billed Grasswrens very common everywhere around the car park, the
nature trail, etc

-1 pair of Southern Scrub Robin nesting about 100 m after the start of the
Nature Trail

-our first Lesser-Crested Terns, and 3 Fairy Terns, on the sand bank (also 1
Australian Shelduck)

-a few Pied Honeyeaters and White-browed Babblers, many Chiming Wedgebills
and variegated Fairy-Wrens

-1 Collared Sparrowhawk, 2 Australian Hobby and 3 White-breasted Sea-Eagle

-our last White-browed Scrubwrens…

*Main road, between Wooramel Roadhouse and Carnavon, on 4th July (many
flooded areas)*

-high numbers of Whistling Kites, Wedge-tailed Eagles and Brown Falcon,
especially in the flooded area

-2 flocks of Straw-necked Ibis

-flocks of Budgerigars, cockatiels and masked Woodswallows constantly flying
over the road

-the firsts Red-backed Kingfishers

*Main road, south of Carnavon, on 4th July*

-1 Quail sp (probably stubble ?) crossing the road 50 km south of Carnavon

-1 Banded Stilt on a lake (eastern side of the road) ca 25 km south of

-1 Red-kneed Dotterel and 2 Black-fronted Dotterels on a poll ca 35 km south
of Carnavon

*Carnavon, near the river mouth, on 5th *

-Dusky Gerygone, Yellow White-eye and Mangrove Fantail in the mangroves

-1 Gull-billed Tern, and numerous Crested, Lesser-crested and Caspian Terns

-180 Bar-tailed Godwits, 80 Great Knots, 20 Eastern Curlew, 1 Grey-tailed

-1 Swamp Harrier

*Carnavon, claypans near the golf, on 5th and 6th*

-numerous flocks of Budgerigars and Cockatiels

-on 6th, huge movement of Pied Honeyeaters and White-winged Trillers, with
flocks up to 300 birds, sometimes mainly constituted of Trillers, sometimes
of Pied Honeyeaters… all flying east, and stopping in the taller bushes for
a few minutes.

-at least 2 Black Honeyeaters

-7 Banded Lapwings flying east

-a few Crimson chats

-apparent movements of Black-faced Cuckooshrikes (small groups constantly
flying east) and White-breasted Woodswallows

-2 White-backed Swallows on 5th

-Rd-backed Kingfishers, brown songlarks and Chiming Wedgebills

*Carnavon, flooded areas around the Gascoyne river, on 6th, from the main

-many Grey Teals and several Hardheads

-many Great White Egrets and Straw-necked Ibis, a few Little Egrets

-1 Little Eagle, many Whistling Kites

*Milinya Roadhouse, north of Carnavon, on 6th*

-our firsts Black Kites…

-1 White-necked Heron a few km south of the roadhouse

*Lyndon River Crossing, on the road to Coral Bay (25 km after leaving the
highway), on 6th*

-2 Red-necked Avocets

-7 White-backed Swallows

*Stothole canyon road, south of Exmouth, on 7th*

Birding was pretty quiet in most of the places…

-1 Spinifexbird on the trail at 9,4km given by Franck O’Connor website

-2 Red-browed Pardalotes on the carpark

-Grey-headed Honeyeaters common

-2 Crested Bellbird and 3 Western Bowerbirds just after the entrance of the

*Cap le Range National Park, on 7th*

-2 Australian Bustards along the road

-Rufous FIeldwren quite common around the carparks…(eg. Turquoise Bay)

-wallaroos and red kangaroos abundant…

-2 Eastern Reef Herons in the mangroves

-1 Spotted Nightjar on the way back, hunting over the road

*Road south of Exmouth, on 8th*

-2-3 Pied Honeyeaters

* *

*Wooraconda rest area, on the way to Karijini NP, on 9th*

-our firsts Blue-winged Kookaburras and Peaceful doves

-4 Little Button-quails

-1 Southern Boobook

-Red-backed Kingfisher, cockatiels, budgerigars, crimson chats, WW Trillers,
Horsfield Cuckoo, Brown and Rufous songlarks…

*Dirt road leading to Tom Price, along Hardley River*

-a pair of Rufous-crowned Emu-wren in the spinifex ca 23-35 km after the
start of the dirt road (shortcut to Tom Price instead of going via
Paraburdoo), on the left handside, just before (500 m ?) a sign for a
private road. Probably widespread in the area ?

-3 Little Button-quails and 1 Rufous Whistler at the start of the dirt road

-Diamond Doves extremely abundant

*Tom Price, on 9th*

-1 Black-shouldered Kite (seems quite scarce in the area)

*Karijini NP, on 10th*

Windy and rainy, with most of the road to bad for our van, so we just stayed
an half day..

-1 Western Bowerbird, 1 Red-browed Pardalote, 1 Hooded Robin, several Rufous
Whistlers and Crimson chats

-1 Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (the only one seen in the area)

*Main Road, 20 km north of Munjina roadhouse*,* on 10th July*

-1 Australian Bustard in flight* *

*Port Hedland, 6 miles creek, on 11th July*

-ca 50 Red-necked Stints, 10 Greater Sand Plovers, 2 Grey Plovers, 20
Red-capped Plovers, 5 Whimbrels, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits, 25 Grey-tailed
Tattlers, 6 Ruddy Turnstones, 3 Greenshanks

-2 White-breasted Whistlers (fem)

-1 Orange Chat

-2 White-winged Fairy-wrens

*Pardoo Roadhouse, on 11th July*

-our first Pheasant Coucal

*On the road after Pardoo Roadhouse, on 11th*

-the firsts Masked Lapwings and

*Marshy area, just after Sandfire Roadhouse, on 12th*

-ca 50 Australian Pratincoles on the road (during 3-4 km) and the sides,

*Roebruck plains, from the car along the highway, on 12th*

-a few Australian Pratincoles

-10 Brolgas

*Broome and around, from 12th to 18th July*

-the mangroves specialities : Mangrove Golden Whistler (Broome Jetty), Dusky
Gerygone (Broome Bird Observatory and Willie Creek), Broad-billed Flycatcher
(BBO and Broome Jetty), Yellow white-eyes, Mangrove fantails,
Rufous-throated Honeyeater (BBO and Fairway Drive), Striated Herons etc…

-Great Bowerbirds, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Mistletoebird, Grey-crowned Babbler
all common

-2 Tawny Frogmouth resting in a tree in the most central street (Carnavon
Street) of Broome

-several Brown Bobbies at Cable Beach and the port, 1 Lesser Frigatebird at
the port on 14th

-8 Glossy Ibis flying south over the Port on 14th

-2 Common Sandpipers at Willie Creek on 15th

-hundreds of Plumed Whistling Ducks, a few Whiskered Terns, Royal
Spoonbills, Greenshanks, etc, on the sewage ponds on 18th

-1 Black-necked Stork near the BBO on 14th

*Broome Bird Observatory, on 17th*

-We assisted to the waders banding leaded by Chris, a wonderful experience.
We caught mostly Curlew Sandpipers, then Red-necked Stints, Terek
Sandpipers, Great and Red Knots, Lesser and Greater Sand Plovers,
Grey-tailed Tattlers and Ruddy Turnstones, and Black-tailed Godwit.

-among the unbanded waders, I saw 1 Asiatic Dowitcher and 1 Redshank, 4-5 km
north of the BBO.

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