Then it was onwards south, following the coastal road through the top end of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. We visited the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse, Bunker Beach and Sugarloaf Rock; very nice coastal scenery. I had seen Red-tailed Tropicbird here many years previously but apparently now the colony is abandoned.
The first White-breasted Robins of the trip were seen at Cape Naturaliste.
And Western Rosellas were common. Other birds about included more Baudin's Cockatoos, Brush Bronzewing and Purple-crowned Lorikeet.
|Western Rosella female|
|Western Rosella male|
We moved on to the pretty town of Margaret River, giving the camper trailer a break for a three-night stay in the Margaret River Hotel to coincide with Glenn's birthday. We walked some of the wooded tracks around the town, through beautiful groves of marri and jarrah along the Margaret River. Western Spinebill was feeding on flowering kangaroo paw in the town centre.
Some very attractive scenery about Margaret River and the nearby beachside town of Prevelley, where the size of waves being surfed by a small army of surfers were impressively large.
In the thick shrubby vegetation behind the dunes at Prevelley, a family of Red-winged Fairy-wrens was nice.
We visited an old friend of mine from Perth, Robyn, who I had not seen for 33 years, and her partner Manfred in their very nice refuge in the marri forests south of Margaret River.
|Margaret River near its mouth|
|Waves at Prevelly|
|Robyn & Manfred|
In their garden was a Red-eared Firetail, a surprise indeed and is a much-sought after SW WA endemic.
We visited some more coastal sites in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park nearby. Among the birds were several parties of the south-west race of Splendid Fairy-wren.
|Splended Fairy-wren: south-west race, male in eclipse plumage|