Margaret River Birding III : Ludlow Tuart Forest

Margaret River Birding III : Ludlow Tuart Forest

February 2018                          Weather:  Warm:  28C

Nikon P900

About an hour north east of Dunsborough is the town of Busselton and the Ludlow Tuart Forest just beyond it.  We set off early morning, getting to the forest where the Tuart trees are by about 730am….

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You see this sign where there is a little camp site and parking lot on the left side of the road coming from Dunsborough…

 

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walking into the forest, the flattened patches of grass made for interesting terrain

 

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the kangaroos were already up and about

 

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the grey fantails were active

 

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grey fantail

 

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The ring necked parakeet was conspicuous by the noise it made

 

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ring necked parakeet

 

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Red wattlebird

 

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red wattlebird

 

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And overlooking the main road, this black faced cuckooshrike…thanks to Bob Kaufman for ID

 

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Black faced cuckooshrike

 

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at the end of the trail, there was a hide from which we could see the waterbirds

 

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black winged stilt…which looks very much like the black necked stilt I saw in Hawaii just a few weels ago!

 

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black winged stilt

 

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Australian white Ibis

 

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cormorant

 

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Australian pelican

 

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and just before we left, this raptor appeared…a swamp harrier

 

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Swamp Harrier, ID courtesyof Bob Kaufman

The bird density wasn’t very high but nevertheless the Ludlow Tuart forest is still worth a visit…

2 thoughts on “Margaret River Birding III : Ludlow Tuart Forest

  1. Very interesting, it’s always great to see the birds in another country. I love the Australian Pelican, white is a good colour. Cormorants are the same everywhere I go. Always with their wings spread. I love seeing them like that.

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