Margaret River Birding I : Dunsborough and beach

Margaret River Birding

When:  February 2018                         Weather:  Cool:  10-25C

Leica M240/35 summilux    Nikon P900

 

We stayed at a beach resort in Dunsborough in the Margaret River area called the Regency Beach Resort.   Bird outings were at 6am every morning, ranging from the beach front walks to the lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste, Boranup and Tuart-Ludlow Forest.

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Daybreak on the first morning….

 

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when the light was soft and warm…

 

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pacific swallows greeted us in the dim dawn light

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and one of the first birds I saw outside the resort was this magnificent Osprey perched nearby

 

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he was bathed in the warm morning sunshine

 

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And this was one of the most common birds seen in this week…the New Holland Honeyeater

 

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Here, beautifully perched in the morning sun

 

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Australian magpie-lark…beautiful black and white, crow like bird

 

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and as I walked along the beach, there were countless Galahs swooping around making a racket….

 

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magnificently coloured in contrasting grey and red..the Galah

 

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and over the water an Australian pelican flew gracefully

 

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and posed on the water

 

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seagulls on land…

 

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ring necked parrot

 

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ring necked parrot

 

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Red wattlebird

 

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Red Wattlebird posing

 

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Pacific seagull

 

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Silver gull with his breakfast

 

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another view of silver gull

 

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cormorant

 

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another osprey perched on a sailboat’s mast

 

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Dunsborough beach at dawn

 

Dunsborough beach is beautiful part of western Australia and staying here meant we could see both water and forest birds.  Very nice indeed.

Acknowledgements:  Bob Kaufman for help in identifying several birds.

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