Margaret River Birding II : Cape Naturaliste National Park

Margaret River Birding II : Cape Naturaliste National Park

When: February 2018                      Weather: Cool to warm:   15-28C

Leica M240/summilux 35mm                   Nikon P900

 

After having birded in Dunsborough beach, I struck out slightly further afield to Halfmoon Bay, Sugarloaf Island (both of which didn’t yield many birds) and the lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste itself.  Just a 15min drive or so from Dunsborough, at 630am, the air is crisp.   The car park itself was a pretty good area…

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Day break at the Regency Beach Resort

 

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The lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste National Park

 

There are a few trails to go on once you get there; the visitor centre and cafe itself is not open at 630am  so venture down the left side of the entrance and you get to the trails…where there is a fork, the right one takes you on the round the lighthouse walk and the left one takes you to the Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin 80km trek….   I set off on the long trek first just to check out the terrain…

 

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start of the trail

 

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Australian white eyes were the most commonly seen bird there, flitting in and out of the bushes

 

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another one basking in the morning sun

 

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New Holland Honeyeaters were also plentiful

 

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magpie lark

 

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and what a pleasant surprise to enocunter a kangaroo on the trail

 

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And here a juvenile roo eyed me suspiciously

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and then in the bushes, a flurry of activity and a pair of splendid fairy wrens, or blue wrens appeared….these could be either males in non-breeding plumage or females…

 

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another view of the nondescript body with a brilliant blue tail

 

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another pair of white eyes folicked around

On a different day when we went, we stayed at the carpark area of the lighthouse and actually had better sightings there than on the trails…

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This grey parrot was spotted on the road to Cape Naturaliste National park

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grey parrot taking flight

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outside the toilet next to the carpark, whiteeyes were busy

 

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and then a rusting of feathers in the trees beyond…

 

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a lovely grey fantail was displaying

 

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grey fantail

 

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the splendid fairy wren appeared again

 

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quite charming

 

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and finally the brilliantly coloured male Splendid Fairy wren appeared…

 

The carpark area around the lighthouse was ultimately quite enjoyable and we had a great time birding there….recommended.

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