A two-day twitchathon yielded 90 species, including many southwest endemics.
After an unsuccessful crack at the Hudsonian godwit at Lake Joondalup we
spent a morning at the Dryandra woodlands. We encountered Swan River
honeyeaters, western thornbills, Australian ringneck parrots, grey currawong
and bush stone curlews within sight of our accommodation at Dryandra
Village. At the Ochre Track we found rufous tree-creeper, western spinebill,
western yellow robin, western rosella, blue-breasted fairywren, dusky
woodswallow, golden whistler, white-browed babbler and scarlet robin.
By lunchtime we were on the road to Cheyne's Beach, picking up short-billed
cockatoos and red-capped, arriving at the caravan park after dark. A
pre-dawn start outside the cabin soon yielded white-breasted robin,
red-winged fairywren, and noisy scrub-bird. Still early in the morning, we
saw western bristlebird, red-eared fire-tail, western wattlebird, western
spinebill, southern emu-wren, and white-browed scrubwren.
We made lunchtime departure to Mt Trio in the Stirling Range National Park,
where we picked up western whipbird (subspecies oberon), western fieldwren,
inland thornbill and good numbers of western spinebills and tawny-crowned
honeyeaters. The western whipbird was a happy surprise, given the early
afternoon timing, providing terrific views.
An afternoon return to Cheyne's Beach proved very fruitful with views of all
three skulkers, including crippling views of a pair of western whipbirds.
After an early twitch on our final day, we began the long drive to Perth,
stopping at Mt Barker for views of 20+ long-billed cockatoos. A welcome
surprise came in the form of a group of four elegant parrots feeding in a
small marsh just beyond the roosting cockatoos. Western rosellas were also
Special thanks to Tim Dolby and Frank O'Connor for their extremely valuable
Australian Reptile Park & Devil Ark
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Gosford, NSW 2250
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