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- Walpole National Park

The exciting bit about staying at Walpole was staying with the Kangaroos!! And of course seeing these wonderful kangaroos at close range was an awesome experience! The cottage was well equipped with cooking utensils and grill! We did a little cooking of our own- we bought steak, chicken wings, olives, cup noodles for dinner and breakfast! Oh yes, we also bought bananas and red wine! 🙂

Waking up to a wet morning where birds hardly chirped could mean a fruitless day!  Fortunately, rain ceased quickly and out came the birds who were eager for their first meal of the day!! Talk about luck!! 🙂  Birds in this area include-

  1. Western Rosella
  2. Scarlet Robin (male and female)
  3. Grey Wagtail
  4. Splendid Fairywren (male in molt, and female)
  5. Golden whistler
  6. Silvereye
  7. Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Walpole

Walpole

Baby kangaroo in pouch

Baby kangaroo in pouch

From right- Golden Whistler, Scarlet robin

From right- Golden Whistler, Scarlet robin

splendid fairywren

splendid fairywren

From right- grey wagtail, western rosella

From right- grey wagtail, western rosella

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Yellow-rumped Thornbill