Birding tips needed for WA - Perth and Lake Argyle regions in May

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Subject: Birding tips needed for WA - Perth and Lake Argyle regions in May
From: Harry Nyström <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:57:06 +0200
Hello again,

Before I receive any more helpful replies pointing out the Frank O'Connor's
amazing WA Birding website, I have to admit that I have been fully aware of
the site for over a month - all thanks to my mate Peter in Sydney. I just
forgot to mention about it in my initial post.

I will most likely contact Frank personally and try to learn as much as I
can about the Argyle site. I think it's almost too good to be true that
also he has worked there, which makes things much more interesting...

Having said that, I would like to thank you all for your help so far. And
if someone just knows a lot about birding in those areas but doesn't know
where to start (in telling me about it), just contact me and I will try to
ask more detailed questions once I figure out what to ask.


2013/1/27 Harry Nyström <>

> Hello from Finland,
> According to the most recent project schedule it seems that I will be
> working in WA in May. And I will be coming with my trusted colleague and
> mate, Markku, of course. Although May is still 3 months away, I'm already
> making plans and arrangements for our trip. Time goes by really fast when
> you least expect it...
> About our trip: We will first fly to Perth in the end of April and stay
> there for 2 days (rent a car, do as much birding as possible etc.). From
> there we will fly to Argyle airport just south of Lake Argyle. There we
> will have a 3-day induction training to our site, which is the Argyle mine,
> where we will be working as functional safety specialists for the next 3-4
> weeks. If we need to wait for our medical results, we will probably return
> to Perth for a few days after the induction, but otherwise we will stay the
> rest of our journey in the Southern end of Lake Argyle. According to the
> most recent roster, we will be working almost every day for the first 2
> weeks, but we will have a 4-day "rest" after the 2 weeks of work, which
> means we will be trying to do some heavy duty birding in the area.
> To my knowledge, we won't be having a car to our use on daily basis, which
> means that the hours after work will be spent walking around the area. But
> for the 4-days off period we will try to get a car from e.g. Kununurra (are
> there any rentals available?) and try to find our way at least around
> Kununurra, Wyndham and hopefully up North towards Darwin and Kakadu NP. If
> needed, we will sleep in our car to make the most of it.
> Now that our trip is somewhat out in the open, I would appreciate every
> bit of help regarding our stay in WA. The most important question of all
> being: Where to go birding? Other interesting topics include: people to
> contact, books to read, which birds are a must to find (and where), which
> places to avoid, what kinds of conditions to expect (weather etc.), any
> pelagics to keep in mind in WA, which mammals are a must to find etc.
> Here's what I've gathered for good places to go birding after reading a
> few blogs (Tim Dolby's blog, Leeuwin Current Birding, A Perth Bird Diary,
> WA Zoologist, Life of Allan etc).
> Perth:
> -Herdsman Lake (species?)
> -Lake Gwelup (species?)
> -Victoria Dam/Reservoir (most endemics are possible)
> -an Emu from anywhere around Perth (this time I want to find one)
> If we have additional days in Perth:
> -Dryandra State Forest (Bush Stone-curlew, Tawny-crowned HE, Red-capped
> Parrot etc.)
> -2 Peoples Bay (Elegant Parrot, Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Bristlebird,
> Western Whipbird etc.)
> -Rocky Gully (Western Corella?)
> Lake Argyle-Kununurra-Wyndham:
> -any Finches
> -Yellow Chat
> -Jabiru
> -White-quilled Rock Pigeon
> -Spinifex Pigeon?
> -a lot more...
> Top End (Darwin-Kakadu NP):
> -too many to mention
> And if someone would like to show a couple of foreign birders around
> Perth, that would of course be the ideal situation. Especially taking our
> lack of expertise in Australian bird sounds into consideration (although I
> will try to change that before May).
> The problem with the NNW and N parts of our trip is that we have no idea
> if we will manage to get a car and if we even stay the 4 days there or are
> we forced to return to Perth. We have no idea about the places to go, so
> all tips, trip reports, contacts etc. would be greatly appreciated. And if
> someone comes up with a realistic plan for a 4-day birding trip (assuming
> we will get the car, preferrably a 4WD) in the NNW-N regions of Australia
> for us (starting from Kununurra), I would very much like to discuss it.
> And a little disclaimer in the end: The project schedule is subject to
> change if anything goes wrong (not on our side), which means that the tasks
> and the duration of the visit are always the same, but the actual dates
> on-site may shift. I'll keep you posted if the schedule changes drastically.
> Cheers,
> -Harry

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