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SW Western Australia Bird WatchingAuthor: Carl from Pahrump (More Trip Reviews by Carl from Pahrump)
Date of Trip: March 2007
In 2006 and 2007 we spent 255 Days driving around Australia. We started in Darwin, drove south to Alice Springs, backtracked to Cairns, went down the East Coast to Rockhampton, cut over to Melbourne, went across the Nullarbor Plain to Perth, drove up the West Coast to Broome, and finished by crossing the Kimberely Region on our way back to Darwin -- 24,000 miles & 6 rental cars. Along the way we stayed in 56 cities and saw 693 bird species/subspecies.
This Trip Report covers the 21-days we spent bird watching in SW Western Australia during March 2007.
We saw 123 bird species at 17 parks. The parks where we saw the most bird species were: Coraki Cottage = 52, Vasse-Wonnerup Wetland = 44, Fernwood Gully Cottages = 35, Lake Seppings Nature Trail = 33, St John Brook Cons. Area = 30, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse = 26, Two People's Bay N R = 24, Wyadup Brook Cottages = 24, Waychinicup NP = 23, Stirling Range NP = 21, William Bay = 19, Four Aces Karri Forest = 18, Busselton Jetty = 18, Luke Pen Walk (Kalgan River) = 15, Leschenaunlt Pen. Cons. Park = 11, Cape Naturaliste = 10, & Canal Rocks NP = 8.
The cities where we saw the most bird species were: 7 days in Albany = 86, 7 days in Nannup = 67, 7 days in Yallingup = 60.
Albany -- We stayed at the Coraki Cottage (http://www.corakicottages.com.au 34.944S 117.952E) 7Km outside Albany on Oyster Harbor. The area around the cottage was our most productive birding spot in the region.
If you put these coordinates into Google Earth, you can see the locations I am discussing. Typically, there will be lots of pictures as well.
Nannup - We stayed at the Fern Gulley Cottages (http://www.ferngulley.com.au/ 33.888S 115.843E) 14 Km outside Nannup on the Blackwood River. There were lots of resident birds at the cottage.
Yallingup - We stayed at the Wyadup Brook Cottages (http://www.wyadupbrookcottages.west-oz.com/> 33.695S 115.023E) 6 Km from Yallingup. The 2 bedroom cottages are on a 250-acre cattle farm.
Highlights of the Region:
Seeing a Western Spinebill with a gorgeous orange throat patch and 20 Long-billed Black-cockatoos in the Stirling Range NP despite the evidence of massive forest fires
Learning the history behind Two People's Bay becoming a Nature Reserve. We were there at the wrong tie of year to see the rare birds, but we did see an Inland Thornbill, Spotted Scrubwren and Little Grassbird.
Seeing a Wedge-tailed Eagle carrying a dead Kangaroo with one talon near Denmark.
Eating Marron (freshwater Lobster) for Lunch at the Tathra Winery & Restaurant near our cottage on the Blackwood River. Deliciously Beautiful!!!
Meeting Bertie the SW Western Corella and his one-eyed Western Magpie girlfriend on our patio at the Fern Gulley Cottages. Seeing a thousand Short-billed Black-cockatoos fly down the Blackwood River and over our cottage in swalking waves.
Seeing a flaming Scarlet Robin, a couple dozen Western Rosellas, and a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo at the St John Broom Conservation Area.
Seeing giant Kerri trees near Manjimup and Taurt trees near Busselton.
Hearing a Barking Owl at Yallingup. Visiting the Cape Lavender Farm - the entrance road was lined with lavender, the circular parking lot had a lavender hedge, and there were lavender beds along the sidewalk. In the distance we could see fields of lavender.
If we were planning the trip again, I would:
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