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Sunday 18th September - Monday 3rd October 2011
Western Australia is a massive tract of land, with some wonderful birds in the seemingly endless extents of natural habitat. The tour was designed to give us a chance of finding all of the Western Australian endemics, and with luck and skill we did indeed manage to see them all. The birding highlights were reasonable views of the ‘big three’, the Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Bristlebird and Western Whipbird, in the coastal heath land of the far southwest, stunning views of tens of thousands of waders, notably Oriental Plovers, at Broome, resplendent Yellow Chats at Lake Argyle and perhaps the most sought-after Australian bird, Black Grasswren, in the rocky tropics of the Kimberley. On route we picked up some near-endemics such as Rock Parrot and Purple-crowned Fairywren, difficult species such as Square-tailed Kite and Gouldian Finch, and common but iconic species such as kookaburras and Fairywrens, adding to a grand total of 281 species and another five not seen by the leaders.