Birds of Western Australia- Margaret River

Who loves a good wine? I do!! At the Margaret River Region, I whet my own appetite and savored good wines at some wineries-nearly soused! My accommodation was a very unique building- once a chapel, later transformed into Bed and Breakfast! It was a very comfortable and cozy place to stay, but the best part about this place was feathered friends who lived in the forest close by, make daily morning visits to the garden!! Almost as early as 5am, I could hear birds chirping outside! Quickly I made myself some hot coffee, grabbed my gears, and sat at the porch area! Talk about armchair birding! 🙂

Some of the birds I have seen and taken photos in the garden were-

  1. New Holland Honeyeater
  2. Galah
  3. Australian Ringneck
  4. Common Bronzewing
  5. White Naped Honeyeater
  6. Western Gerygone
  7. Little Corella
  8. Red Wattlebird
  9. Western Rosella
  10. Unknown flying duck that landed in neighbour’s pool!
White Naped Honeyeater

White Naped Honeyeater

 Red Wattlebird

Red Wattlebird

New Holland honeyeater

New Holland honeyeater

From left- Western Gerygone, Galah, Common Bronzewing

From left- Western Gerygone, Galah, Common Bronzewing

A short drive from my Bed and Breakfast place landed me at the Rotary Park! It was only a short visit and I only walked along the trail near the car-park area! Already I could here  rustling of leaves and while I was still trying to make sense of what was moving behind those scrubs…a huge flock of fairywrens popped out of nowhere! They all looked kind of different in colour, but since Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti),  Red-winged Fairywren (Malurus elegans) and Blue-breasted Fairywren (Malurus pulcherrimus) can be found here, I tried to take photos of everyone of them…! But they outnumbered me and moved on too quickly for me to take photos of everyone of them!!!! Anyway, it was still an extraordinary sight to see them in large numbers!

Red-winged Fairywren, male and female

Red-winged Fairywren, male and female

Red-winged Fairywren but with a white back

Red-winged Fairywren but with a white back

Blue-breasted Fairywren

Blue-breasted Fairywren

Birds of Western Australia- Gloucester National Park, Pemberton

The Gloucester National Park at Pemberton was one of our brief stops before we further hurtled down South. It was a soggy mid-morning, but light drizzles however, awakened the birds of Spring and at the car park, we were greeted by Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius), Rufous Treecreepers (Climacteris rufus) and even a few Red-Winged Fairywrens (Malurus elegans) peeked out from their hiding scrubs!

From right- Australian Ringneck, Rufous Treecreeper

From right- Australian Ringneck, Rufous Treecreeper

Red-Winged Fairywren

Red-Winged Fairywren

“One could not leave the park without climbing the Gloucester tree”, said my friend! And so while my buddy stood in line waiting to climb up the majestic tree (apparently 61m above ground! gasp!), I took the 800m trail walk hoping to see something special. As I trekked deeper, I heard some rustling sounds coming from the ground and soon spotted a mid-sized bird with a long, pointed curved bill and white throat foraged on the ground, turning almost every leaf to find food! It should be a babbler of some sort! The babbler probably saw me as it swiftly jumped onto a tree to join the others! Wow, there must be atleast 10 of them! One soon came close to me and I quickly pressed my shutter! Its later confirmed as a White-Browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus), another endemic ticked! 😛

White-Browed Babbler at Gloucester Tree

White-Browed Babbler at Gloucester Tree

Gloucester National Park is a bird-loving place. Though there were tourists who came to see the Gloucester Tree, birds were exceptionally close and friendly. I would love to spend a full day here, but we had a Tree-Top walk at Walpole in our itinerary, even though I have height phobia, after-all, not everything is about birds! And oh, we saw a Fan-tailed cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) as we head back to collect our car! 😛

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Fan-tailed Cuckoo