Stirling Range was one of the National Parks we stayed to do some bird watching and bushwalks! Accommodation was fairly basic, and there weren’t any cafes in that area, except getting food at the gas station or frozen dinner sold at the office! But birds were plentiful and they capered around the vicinity. The weather was more than delightful when we arrived! And immediately we were greeted by Dusky Woodswallows, Elegant Parrot, Grey Shrike-thrush, Tree Martins, Restless Flycatcher, Yellow Plumed Honeyeaters, Black faced Cuckooshrike, Tawny crowned honeyeater and many more that lingered around the office waiting for their bath!
Stirling Range is great for exploration as its complemented with many trails and creeks! Hoping to see more birds, we registered with Birdlife Australia who provided a birdwalk around that vicinity and we were shown the Tawny frogmouth nesting, Willie Wagtail nesting, Restless Flycatcher nesting, Grey Teals and Tree Martins, Welcome Swallows and even the nest of Little Eagle. But what caught my eye was a flock of black- colored birds that protruded screeching calls during flight!! I would have thought they were just Ravens or Crows if the guide hadn’t corrected me that those were the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos, and they are endangered partly because they only lay 1-2 eggs every 2 years! Here’s the link for more information about this rare bird and its recovery project! http://birdlife.org.au/projects/carnabys-black-cockatoo-recovery
And of course Kingfishers were common sight at the creek! Sacred Kingfisher and the Laughing Kookaburra were residents at the creek area! Stirling Range National park is definitely worth visiting- not only birds of Spring were very accommodating, the blossoms of wildflowers and seeing other wildlife made my stay here a truly unforgettable one! 😛