Birds of Western Australia- Stirling Range National Park

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!

From left to right- Grey Shrike-Thrush, Elegant Parrot, Black-Faced Cuckooshrike

From left- Dusky Woodswallows, Tree Martin

From left- Dusky Woodswallows, Tree Martin

From the left- Rainbow Bee-eater, Restless Flycatcher

From the left- Rainbow Bee-eater, Restless Flycatcher

From left- Tawny Crowned Honeyeater, Yellow Plumed Honeyeater

From left- Tawny Crowned Honeyeater, Yellow Plumed Honeyeater

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

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo in Stirling Range National Park!

Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo in Stirling Range National Park!

From left- Willie Wagtail, Tawny Frogmouth, Restless Flycatcher

From left- Willie Wagtail, Tawny Frogmouth, Restless Flycatcher

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! 😛

Sacred Kingfisher!

Sacred Kingfisher!

Australia- Sydney, Cattai National Park – Part 1 of 2

I was recommended to do some birding in this park- Cattai National Park, as it’s supposed to be an easy drive from Sydney downtown. And thank God it was a pretty straightforward 50 mins drive.

The morning breeze was refreshing and as I drove along the quiet suburbs with beautiful landscapes, it somehow gave me this sublime feeling of loneliness, but yet makes me happy.  As I stop to watch some horses, I was interrupted by a loud bird calling repeatedly. It almost felt creepy! I looked up, Oh that’s the Laughing kookaburra! Somehow the bird reminded of the nursery song that I used to sing when I was just a kid!

laughing kookaburra

As I turned, a white and statue-like object on the barn roof caught my eye. It’s a Barn Owl! It seemed to realise his cover was blown and took off very quickly! Hang on! I’ve got an owl in flight photo (pat on the back)!

Barn owl in flight!

The drive towards the entrance of the park was truly amazing. The photos below are only some of the many bird photos I have taken before entering the park. They include Little Wattle Bird, Common Kestrel, Rufous Fantail, Yellow Rumped Thornbill, Willie Wagtail, White Throated Treecreeper, etc.

common Kestrel

little wattle bird

rufous fantail

yellow rumped thornbill

white throated treecreeper