Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Our last stop in Western Australia back in late April was Esperance, before we had to rush back home for family reasons. 

At the caravan park a flock of Black-Cockatoos flew into a dead tree where they entertained us with their raucous antics.  

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo - male

After consulting a couple of field guides the verdict was Carnaby's, with the bill shape and length,
and the location, as the similar Baudin's is apparently not found this far east. Both these WA endemics are classified as endangered.

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo - female

A visit to Cape Le Grand National Park was a must do, not just for the scenic attractions but the chance of finding some new birds, which we promptly accomplished. They were Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, Western Spinebills and a small group of Southern Emu-Wrens with a stunning male the standout. Alas no photos. Occasionally I get so engrossed with observing a lifer and even familiar birds, that I forget the camera hanging on my shoulder!

Southern Emu-Wrens (illustration by Henrik Gronveld 1917)  

Thistle Cove

Frenchmans Peak

Lucky Bay

Anyway, the birds weren't all that co-operative photographically on this day and the two below were all I had to show for it.

New Holland Honeyeater

Black-faced Cormorant 

Wild horses - brumbies

Old Man's Beard  (Clematis pubescens)

Chittick  ( Lambertia inermis)

Cheers and Happy Birding

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