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!

Sydney Botanical Gardens

It’s not my first time visiting Sydney but definitely the first time as a birder. It was Christmas when i visited and as I predicted the shops were closed for the festival and not many people seen on streets. “Great, less people means more birds”, I anticipated with hope. 😛 Afterall I am not into shopping…hehe

On the day of arrival, I quickly made a trip to the park in the late afternoon; To my surprise, I saw many flying foxes hanging on trees….flapping their wings and making loud noises. I stood under a tree to get some photos (BAD IDEA)! Apparently one flew out and pooped on me (Grrr….)! Anyway, after cleaning up the mess, I made my way to the central pond area. Below were some of the birds seen. 😛

Indian myna and noisy miner

Blue billed Duck and Australian Magpie

Pacific black duck and Bell myna

Golden whistler and little pied commorant

I read about a frogmouth and buff banded rail being residents in the park, but I didnt get to see them that afternoon. I knew I have to go back again. On the morning before I head off to Melbourne, I went to the park again and saw a park ranger. My instincts told me that I should ask him if he knew the whereabouts of the frogmouth (I was so smart!)… he pointed at the Pyramid and told me to search there. I took his advice  and soon found them! YAY!

tawny frogmouth

After bagging the frogmouth, I headed back to the store to get some soveniors for my friends…but the store is still closed. And as i walked around the back of the store, I suddenly saw this rail scurrying off! I sneaked behind him and to my delight, I found a family of buff banded rails! What luck!

Mission accomplished, and moving on to the next city- Melbourne! 😛 😛

buff banded rail