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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Saturday 21st September - Thursday 10th October 2013

Pete Morris

Purple-crowned Fairywren (Pete Morris)

Purple-crowned Fairywren (Pete Morris)

Our 2013 Western Australia tour, with a pre-tour adventure to Christmas Island will go down as a major ornithological success. It was a tour of contrasts. Commencing in Perth, we spent a couple of days on hot, humid, and seabird-filled Christmas Island before returning to Perth and exploring the southwest of the country. Our week or so here was cool and windy and all of the clothing was needed, but once we boarded the flight to Broome for the final week and a half up in the northwest, the fleeces could be put away again! It was hot, indeed very hot at times, but fortunately there were enough cool hours for us to find our quarries. The total of around 315 species was no doubt respectable but unimportant. What really counted is that just about every major target species was seen, and nearly all of them were seen very well. From the Abbot's Boobies and Christmas Boobooks of Christmas Island, to the clean sweep of southwest endemics (which included great views of the notorious trio of Noisy Scrubbird, Western Whipbird and Western Bristlebird), to the northwest, where goodies such as Yellow Chat, Gouldian Finch and Black Grasswren all obliged, we enjoyed success after success. We also marvelled at some stunning landscapes, saw some other fascinating mammals and reptiles and enjoyed (?!) some good Aussie hospitality (especially the chats about the cricket).

Christmas Island Boobook (Pete Morris)

Christmas Island Boobook (Pete Morris)