Seabirds are not easy to find in Perth! Most are found along the coast during Autumn to Spring in stormy weather. Strong north-westerly, westerly and south-westerly winds blow seabirds towards the coast in Perth. Good places to “sea watch” are North Mole, Woodman Point and Point Peron.
The images below are sea birds seen both at Perth’s coasts and generally in the south west of Australia. The majority of the photographs have been taken on pelagic birdwatching trips from Perth or Albany. These trips are organised a few times a year by volunteers of BirdLife Western Australia. Dates chosen are when sea birds are likely to be more abundant and when a suitable boat is available. Trips are often advertised to BirdLife WA members and on the facebook Seabirds and Pelagics Australia site. Pelagic trip reports based in Western Australia are often reported on Leeuwin Current Birding website.
Another option for seeing seabirds is to book on one of the whale-watching trips from Bremer Bay. These trips run almost daily from mid January to early April. While the boats don’t target seeing seabirds, you will see them while looking for Orca, Sperm Whale or Pilot Whales. Naturalist Charters run these whale watching trips and often have a guide on board who can sometimes identify sea birds seen.