Highlights

In May 2016 I started this page that highlights any interesting birds, wildflowers, locations or fauna that I have seen on Perth Birds and Bush tours or tour recce’s. You may also want to look at the larger articles which have been written about tours and other local information on the Perth Birds and Bush Blog Page.

November 2018

  • Stephen from the UK went on a five hour bird watching tour and saw 61 species on a warm sunny day. Highlights included: Black-tailed Native-hen, Wood Sandpiper, Bridled Tern, Splendid Fairy-Wren, White-winged Fairy-Wren, Purple-backed (variegated) Fairy-Wren, and White-breasted Robin. It was a pity the male White-winged Fairy-Wren was in non-breeding plumage but the male Splendids and Purple-backed were looking super! It was nice to see a Bob-tailed Lizard going about its business too!
  • Dave and Jackie from the UK went on a full day bird watching tour and saw 70 species on a nice sunny day. Highlights included: Freckled Duck, Buff-banded Rail, Fairy Tern, Red-capped Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, and Western Spinebill. Unfortunately we had only very short views of Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo and White-breasted Robin. 
  • Alexandre from France went on a 5 hour bird watching tour and saw 66 species on a nice warm and sunny day. Highlights included: Tawny Frogmouth, Square-tailed Kite, Buff-banded Rail, Red-capped Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Spinebill, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin, Western Yellow Robin, White-breasted Robin, and Red-eared Firetail.
  • John and Judy from the UK went on a full day bird watching tour and saw 83 species and a warm to hot day. Highlights included: Freckled Duck, Tawny Frogmouth, Buff-banded Rail, Fairy Tern, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Gilberts (White-naped) Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin, White-breasted Robin, and Red-eared Firetail. It was a good day out for raptors as we saw 8 species: Eastern Osprey, Square-tailed Kite, Whistling Kite, Brown Goshawk, Swamp Harrier, Little Eagle, Nankeen Kestrel and Australian Hobby.
  • Tida from Queensland went on a 5 hour targeted bird tour and saw 39 species. Highlights included: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Rufous Treecreeper, Splendid fairy-Wren, Blue-breasted fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Scarlet Robin, Western Yellow Robin, White-breasted Robin and Red-eared Firetail.
  • Laurence and Liz from the UK went on a 4 hour bird tour and saw a total of 61 species. Highlights included: Tawny Frogmouth, Square-tailed Kite, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Scarlet Robin, Western Yellow Robin, White-breasted Robin, and Red-eared Firetail.

October 2018

  • Glenda from New South Wales enjoyed a Orchid/wildflower 5 hour tour on a beautiful warm sunny day. The main aim was to see orchids and luckily there were some of the later spring Orchids flowering. We saw Bee Orchid (Diuris laxiflora), Rattle Beaks (Lyperanthus serratus), Common Mignonette Orchid (Microtis media), Dark Mignonette Orchid (Microtis orbicularis), Leopard Orchid (Thelymitra benthamiana), Blue Lady (Thelymitra crinita), Shy Sun Orchid (Thelymitra graminea), Scented Sun Orchid (Thelymitra macrophylla), and Plain Sun Orchid (Thelymitra paludosa). Lots of other flowers were also out on our travels including large areas of mixed Feather Flowers ( Verticordia acerosa, Verticordia hueglii and Verticordia insignis) and many Trigger Plants (Stylidium brunonianum, Stylidium bulbiferum, Stylidium calcaratum, Stylidium eriopodium, Stylidium schoenoides, etc) and Sundews (Drosera gigantea, Drosera glanduligera, etc)
  • Janie and Kevin from New Zealand saw 81 species on a full day birdwatching tour. Highlights included: Freckled Duck, Tawny Frogmouth (with chicks), Square-tailed Kite, Buff-banded Rail, Fairy Tern, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Rainbow Bee-eater, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Wattlebird, Gilberts (white-naped) Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, and White-breasted Robin. It was great to see some of the recently returned migratory shorebirds including Greater Sand Plover, Grey-Tailed tattler, Curlew Sandpiper and Red-necked Stint.
  • Eleanor and Warwick from Melbourne saw 35 species on a 5 hour targeted tour on a rainy and windy day. Highlights included: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Scarlet Robin, and White-breasted Robin. Wildflower in bloom included: Purple Enamel Orchid (Elythranthera brunonis), Cowslip Orchid (Caladenia flava), Common Smokebush (Conospermum stoechadis), White Myrtle (Hypocalymma angustifolium), Swan River Myrtle (Hypocalymma robustrum), Running Postman (Kennedia prostrata), Graceful Honeymyrtle (Melalueca radula), Coral Vine (Kennedia coccinea), and Black-eyed Susan (Tetratheca hirsuta).
  • Bryon and Diane from the USA saw 69 species on a targeted full day birdwatching tour. Highlights included: Emu, Painted Button-Quail, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Regent Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Rufous Treecreeper, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Blue-breasted Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy Wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Gilberts (white-naped) Honeyeater, Crested Shrike-Tit, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin, and White-breasted Robin.
  • Greg from the USA saw 58 species on a full day targeted tour on a beautiful sunny day. Highlights included: Brown Goshawk, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Baudin’s black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Rufous Treecreeper, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy Wren, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Red-capped Robin, Western Yellow Robin, White-breasted Robin, and Red-eared Firetail. It was nice to see all the local migrants back including White-winged Trillers and Rufous Songlark! There were lots of wildflowers out including many orchids.
  • Philip and Judith from the UK saw 48 species on 4 hour bird tour on a very windy day. Highlights included: Square-tailed Kite, Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Goshawk, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, and Western Thornbill.
  • Alastair from New Zealand saw 63 species on a 5 hour birdwatching tour on a nice still sunny day. Highlights included: Freckled Duck, Tawny Frogmouth, Square-tailed Kite, Brown Goshawk, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Gilberts (White-naped) Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, White-breasted Robin, and Red-eared Firetail.

September 2018

  • Fred from the Scotland saw 47 species on a 5 hour birdwatching tour in cool, cloudy conditions. Fred was wowed by the Tawny Frogmouth, Red-capped Parrot, Red-winged Fairy-wren and Splendid Fairy-wren in particular!
  • Amy and Mark are Perth locals enjoying a birthday gift voucher wildflower and bird watching 4 hour tour in late September. The wildflowers were looking spectacular and the birds were also showing well. We saw 49 bird species and a Quenda or Southern Brown Bandicoot! Highlight birds included: Freckled Duck, Tawny Frogmouth, Buff-banded Rail, Square-tailed Kite, Brown Goshawk, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill and Western (Golden) Whistler. Plants flowering included: Sticky Starflower (Calytrix glutinosa), Fuchsia Grevillea (Grevillea bipinnatifida), White Myrtle (Hypocalymma angustifolium), Graceful Honeymyrtle (Melalueca radula), Melaleuca seriata, Black-eyed Susan (Tetratheca hirsuta), and Verticordia acerosa. They really loved our carnivorous plants from the Drosera genus which were just starting to flower.
  • Kathy and Gary from the USA saw 61 species on a five hour targeted tour. They were trying to see mainly bush birds but also a few water birds that had eluded them on their travels in Australia. Highlights included: Brown Goshawk, Swamp Harrier, Australian Hobby, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Southern Boobook, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Gilbert’s (White-naped) Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin, Western Yellow Robin and White-breasted Robin.
  • Katie and John from the UK saw 61 species on a full day targeted tour. They were keen to see the southwest endemic species and bush birds. Highlights included: Tawny Frogmouth, Buff-banded Rail, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Western Rosella, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, White-breasted Robin, and Western Yellow Robin. They were delighted to see Western Grey Kangaroos at a number of sites and a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo lit up in sunshine very close to us! We also saw a lot of wildflowers out including orchids like Blue China (Caladenia gemmata), Splendid White Spider (Caladenia splendens), White Spider Orchid (Caladenia longicaudia), Leaping Spider Orchid (Caladenia macrostylis), Common Donkey Orchid (Diuris corymbosa), and Silky Blue Orchid (Cyanicula sericea).
  • Debra and David have recently moved back to Perth after many years living in Sydney. There four hour tour was aimed at learning about the local plants and birds in the areas near where they live. Bird highlights included: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Wattlebird, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin, and White-breasted Robin. We saw a variety of wildflowers including: Red and Green Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthus manglessii), Milkmaids (Burchardia congesta), Cowslip Orchid (Caladenia flava), Tinsel Lily (Calectasia narragara), Pearl Bush (Conostephium pendulum), Swan River Myrtle (Hypocalymma robustrum), Native Wisteria (Hardenbergia comptoniana), Buttercups (Hibbertia hypericoides), Running Postman (Kennedia prostrata), Pepper and Salt (Philotheca spicata), and Purple Tassels (Sowerbaea laxiflora).
  • Julie and Jerome from France booked a four hour bird watching tour and saw 56 species. Highlights were: Freckled Duck, Tawny Frogmouth, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin, Western Yellow-Robin and White-breasted Robin.

August 2018

  • Vickie and Murray enjoyed a 4 hour Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Wildlife tour. We saw two large mobs of Western Grey Kangaroos, Galahs, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoos, and a variety of other birds. The Lesmurdie Falls and Sixty Foot Falls were both looking spectacular with good water flows going over them! We saw a lot of wildflowers including: Fuchsia Grevillea (Grevillea bipinnatifida), White Myrtle (Hypocalymma angustifolium), Pincushion Coneflower (Isopogon dubius), Many-flowered Honeysuckle (Lambertia multiflora), Slender Smokebush (Conospermum huegelii), Woolly-flowered Grevillea (Grevillea pilulifora), Honeybush (Hakea lissocarpa), and Granite Petrophile (Petrophile biloba). More information about this tour and photographs are on the blog page.
  • While Marlee had two days of birdwatching in rainy and windy conditions we did managed to see 74 species of birds. Highlights were: Freckled Duck, Tawny Frogmouth, Square-tailed Kite, Whistling Kite, Brown Goshawk, Little Eagle, Buff-banded Rail, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Western (Golden) Whistler, Restless flycatcher, and Western Yellow Robin. Unfortunately the Red-eared Firetail only gave us the smallest glimpse! It was nice to see a number of wildflower out now including: Blue beard (Pheladenia deformis), Dwarf Pink Fairy (Caladenia reptans), Mini Donkey Orchid (Diuris recurva), Prickly Moses (Acacia pulchella), Native Fuschia (Grevillea wilsonii), Parrot Bush (Banksia sessilis), Red and Green Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthos manglesii), Honeybush (Hakea lissocarpa), Buttercups (Hibbertia hypericoides), and White Myrtle (Hypocalymma angustifolium).

July 2018

  • It was a great day birdwatching with Annette and Steve from the UK even though there was a few rain showers. We saw 78 species including: Freckled Duck, Tawny Frogmouth, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Southern Boobook, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Gilberts (Western White-naped) Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin, Western Yellow Robin, and White-breasted Robin.

June 2018

  • Walter, a bird photographer from Hawaii, saw a total of 87 species on two full day tours. Highlights included: Freckled Duck, Osprey, Nankeen Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kite, Whistling Kite, Brown Goshawk, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Australian Ringneck, Southern Boobook, Splendid Fairy-wren (breeding plumage), Red-winged Fairy-wren (breeding plumage), Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Gilbert’s (White-naped) Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin, Red-capped Robin, White-breasted Robin, and Mistletoebird. We had two beautiful days of sunshine which was great for Walter’s photographs! Spotted Pardalotes seemed to be everywhere we visited and have been very abundant in and near Perth for the past few months.

May 2018

  • Martha and Brad from the USA saw a total of 56 species on a 5 hour birdwatching afternoon tour. Highlights included: Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, Spotted Harrier, Red-necked Avocet, Roseate Tern, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Southern Boobook, Splendid Fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Thornbill, Gilberts (white-naped) Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin and White-breasted Robin. We also saw a Bob-tailed lizard and several Western Grey Kangaroos.
  • Jim from the UK saw a total of 56 species on a 5 hour birdwatching tour. Highlights included: Nankeen Kestrel, Red-necked Avocet, Red-Kneed Dotterel, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped parrot, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Southern Boobook, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin and White-breasted Robin.
  • Kim and Andy from the UK saw a total of 67 species on a 5 hour birdwatching tour where we were dodging rain showers and had strong winds for half the tour! Highlights included: Freckled Duck, Tawny Frogmouth, Nankeen Kestrel, Swamp Harrier, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped parrot, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin, and White-breasted Robin.
  • Local bird lovers Ross and Marion enjoyed a morning looking at bush birds using a birthday gift voucher. We went to several beautiful forest locations that they had not visited before. Bird highlights were: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Gilberts (white-naped) Honeyeater, Scarlet Robin, and White-breasted Robin.
  • Louise from Hong Kong wanted to focus on southwest Australian endemic species on her half day birdwatching tour. Endemics seen were Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Gilberts (white-naped) Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, White-breasted Robin and Red-eared Firetail. We also saw Red-tailed Black- Cockatoo, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Scarlet Robin and Mistletoebird.

April 2018

  • We saw 59 species on a 5 hour bird watching tour with Deb and Jeff from Canada. Highlights were: Square-tailed Kite, Buff-banded Rail, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped parrot, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Western (Golden) Whistler, Western Yellow Robin, and White-breasted Robin. A large group of Western Grey Kangaroos feeding on the hillside was very enjoyable to see.

March 2018

  • A hot day for David from the UK/Sweden for his half-day birdwatching tour. Highlights were: Whistling Kite, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Red-capped parrot, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren (with close to full breeding plumage), Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Gilberts (White-naped) Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, Western Yellow-Robin, and White-breasted Robin. We saw a total of 54 species.
  • A pretty warm day for Graham and Marshia from Scotland for their birdwatching tour. They loved seeing Western Grey Kangaroos and Rainbow Bee-eaters! Birding highlights were: Blue-billed Duck, Crested Pigeon, Swamp Harrier, Painted Button-Quail, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Rufous Treecreeper, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Varied Sittella, Restless Flycatcher, Scarlet Robin, Western Yellow Robin and White-breasted Robin.
  • A cool day with some early rain for a 5 hour birdwatching tour with June from Malaysia. We saw 53 species including: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Yellow-throated Miner, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin and White-breasted Robin. Unfortunately there was only the tiniest bit of breeding plumage on the male fairy-wrens.

February 2018

  • A warm day of birdwatching with Ian from Canada. We saw 68 species including: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Rufous Treecreeper, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Blue-breasted Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Crested Shrike-tit, and Western Yellow Robin. So nice to see the Crested Shrike-Tit and Rufous Treecreeper feeding their young!

January 2018

  • A lovely 4 hours birding with Lindie and Mark from South Africa. We saw 47 species including: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, and Scarlet Robin.

December 2017

  • A full day and a half day tour for Simon and Julie from England were very productive. We saw 77 species including: Emu, Stubble Quail, Painted Button-Quail, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Regent Parrot, Western Rosella, Red-capped parrot, Elegant Parrot, Rufous Treecreeper, Splendid Fairy-wren, Blue-breasted Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, White-browed Babbler, Western Spinebill, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Western Wattlebird, Western Whistler, Western Yellow-Robn and White-breasted Robin.
  • Three full days of bird watching with Virginia and Ian from England. Some of the highlights were: Fairy Tern, White-winged Fairy-wren, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Corella, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Regent Parrot, Western Rosella, Australian Ringneck, Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Rufous Treecreeper,  Western Spinebill, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Western Wattlebird, Western Whistler, Scarlet Robin, Western Yellow Robin, and White-breasted Robin. A total of 95 species with the majority photographed by Ian.
  • Emily and Sven saw 51 species on a four hour tour on a warm sunny day. Highlights were: Wood Sandpiper, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Australian Ringneck, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Western (Golden) Whistler, and White-breasted Robin. Unfortunately we only had a very fleeting view of a male Red-winged Fairy-Wren!

November 2017

  • It was a lovely day for a full day birdwatching tour with Ann and Tony from the UK. We did a four wren tour while trying to see as many species as we could on a relaxed pace day. We managed to see 71 species including: Square-tailed Kite, Fairy Tern, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-Wren, White-Winged Fairy-Wren, Variegated Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Western (Golden) Whistler, and White-breasted Robin.
  • The stars of a half-day tour birdwatching tour with John from Sydney were Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Australian Ringneck Parrot, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Wattlebird, Scarlet Robin, Western Yellow Robin and Mistletoebird. Many of the wildflowers have finished flowering now but the Candlestick Banksia (Banskia attentuata) and Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis) are attracting honeyeaters.
  • Major highlights of the half-day birdwatching tour with Geoffrey and Victoria from the UK was close and long views of a pair of Western Grey Kangaroos and 4 to 5 Buff-banded Rails! Other highlights were: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Rainbow Bee-eater, Splendid Fairy-wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, and a family of Scarlet Robin. We saw 58 species in total.
  • A full day tour aimed at finding Crested Shrike-tit with Stefan of the USA was very successful! We had great views of Crested Shrike -tit. We also saw Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Rainbow Bee-eater, Rufous Treecreeper, Splendid Fairy-wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Western Wattlebird, Gilberts (White-naped) Honeyeater, Scarlet Robin, White-breasted Robin and Western Yellow Robin.
  • A full day targeted bird tour with George from the UK  with highlights including: Square-tailed Kite, Brown Goshawk, Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Rainbow Bee-eater, Rufous Treecreeper, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Thornbill, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Western Wattlebird, Gilberts (White-naped) Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, and Western Yellow Robin.

October 2017

  • A beautiful sunny half day targeted birdwatching tour with local Sharon who was using her birthday gift voucher. Highlights included: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Square-tailed Kite, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Varied Sitella, Western (Golden) Whistler, and White-breasted Robin.
  • Tomomi and Haruka enjoyed their full day birdwatching and wildflower tour. We saw 64 species of birds on a difficult day with rain showers and very strong afternoon winds. The wildflowers were looking superb! Bird highlights included: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Western Wattlebird, Gilberts (Western White-naped) Honeyeater and White-breasted Robin. Wildflowers looking good included: Graceful Honeymyrtle (Melalueca radula), Melaleuca seriata, Queen Triggerplant (Stylidium affine), Pink Fountain Triggerplant (Stylidium brunonian), Circus Triggerplant (Stylidium bulbiferum), Black-eyed Susan (Tetratheca hirsuta), Verticordia acerosa, Verticordia insignis.
  • A nice warm day for a half-day birdwatching tour with Su-Ling of Singapore. We saw 55 species including Red-capped Parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin and White-breasted Robin. Su-ling also enjoyed seeing the Western Grey Kangaroos.
  • A lovely four-hour birdwatching tour with Alison and Alec from the UK. We saw 53 species including great views of Buff-banded Rail, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Spinebill, Western (Golden) Whistler, and White-breasted Robin.

September 2017

  • We saw 62 species on a half day birdwatching tour with Ruth from Ireland . Highlights were: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-Wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, White-breasted Robin and a lovely male Mistletoebird!
  • Unfortunately we had very rainy weather for the full day birdwatching tour with David and Penny from England. Highlights were Buff-banded Rail, Red-tailed Black-cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Rufous Treecreeper, Splendid Fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Spinebill and Western Yellow Robin.
  • Half day wildflower tour with Wendy and Mary from Brisbane: Cats Paw (Anigozanthos humilis), Red and Green Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthos manglesii), Parrot bush (Banksia sessilis), Carousel Orchid (Caladenia ariencola), White Spider Orchid (Caladenia longicauda), Pansy Orchid (Diuris magnifica), Fuschia Grevillea (Grevillea bipinnatifida), White Myrtle (Hypocalymma angustifolium), Swan River Myrtle (Hypocalymma robustrum), Running Postman (Kennedia prostrata), Morning Iris (Orthosanthus laxus) and Granite Petrophile (Petrophile biloba) among many other flowers out on this gorgeous spring day!
  • A full day orchid, wildflower and bird tour for Helen and Leta from Melbourne: There was a great variety of orchids in flower including: Carousel Orchid (Caladenia ariencola), Dancing orchid (Caladenia discoidea), Fringed Mantis Orchid (Caladenia falcata), Cowslip Orchid (Caladenia flava), Crimson Spider Orchid (Caladenia footeana), Pink Fairy (Caladnia latifolia), White Spider Orchid (Caladenia longicauda), Clubbed Spider Orchid (Caladenia longiclavata), Dwarf Pink Fairy (Caladenia reptans), Splendid Spider Orchid (Caladenia splendens), Silky Blue Orchid (Cyanicula sericea), Common Donkey Orchid (Diuris corymbosa), Pansy Orchid (Diuris magnifica), Dainty Donkey Orchid (Diuris recurva), Purple Enamel orchid (Elythranthera brunonis), Rattlebeaks (Lyperanthus serratus), Bird Orchid (Pterostylis barbata), Blue Lady (Thelymitra crinita) and Vanilla Orchid (Thelymitra antennifera).
  • Half day Wildflower tour with Gabriel and Janis from Singapore: We visited 4 sites and saw a great variety of plant species and habitats. A few of the plants flowering well were: Milkmaids (Burchardia umbellata), Carousel Orchid (Caladenia ariencola), Dancing orchid (Caladenia discoidea), Cowslip Orchid (Caladenia flava), White Spider Orchid (Caladenia longicauda), Sticky Starflower (Calytrix glutinosa), Fuchsia Grevillea (Grevillea bipinnatifida), Wild Violet (Hybanthus calycinus), White Myrtle (Hypocalymma angustifolium), Pincushion Coneflower (Isopogon dubius), Many-flowered Honeysuckle (Lambertia multiflora), Graceful Honeymyrtle (Melalueca radula), Melaleuca seriata, Black-eyed Susan (Tetratheca hirsuta), and Verticordia acerosa. Very sweet to have a beautiful blue male Splendid Fairy-wren visit us while enjoying afternoon tea!

August 2017

  • A targeted half day birdwatching tour with Dave and Shelley was very fruitful. We saw Square-tailed Kite, Red-capped Parrots, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Splendid Fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Spinebill, Western (Golden) Whistler, White-breasted Robin and Red-eared Firetail.

July 2017

  • It seems it was raptor day on a half-day tour with Ross and Jennifer from Sydney! We saw 6 birds of prey: Brown Goshawk, Little Eagle, Whistling Kite, Square-tailed Kite, Swamp Harrier and Australian Hobby. Other highlights were Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Australian Ringneck parrot, and Splendid Fairy-wren.

June 2017

  • We saw 63 species on a half-day tour with Linda and Jane from the USA. Highlights included: Australian Spotted Crake, Buff-banded Rail, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Gilberts honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin, White-breasted Robin, and Red-eared Firetail.
  • Half-day tour with Perth local Chris who was using her gift voucher from mothers day. Highlights were Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Spinebill, Western (Golden) Whistler and Red-eared Firetail. It was nice to see a few beautiful wildflowers out like Candle Cranberry and Fuschia Grevillea.
  • Half-day targeted birdwatching tour with Suzy and David from USA/Melbourne. A number south-west endemics were seen including Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Gilberts Honeyeater (Western White-naped Honeyeater), and White-breasted Robin.

May 2017

  • Half-day birdwatching tour with Pertti from Finland. We were very lucky to see a Buff-banded Rail and have glimpses of a Spotless Crake. Fabulous views of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Western Whistler, and Western Yellow Robin.

April 2017

  • Half-day endemics tour with Helen from New South Wales, Australia. We had fantastic views of Baudin’s Black-Cockatoos, Western Rosella, Australian Ringneck Parrots, Elegant Parrot, Splendid Fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-Wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Gilberts Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler and White-breasted Robin. The Parrot Bush (Banksia sessilis) was starting to flower and the Marri Trees (Corymbia calophylla) were still flowering profusely.

March 2017

  • A half day tour with Robert from the USA who was interested in Fairy Terns, waders and bush birds. We saw 52 species including Fairy Terns, Australian pied Oystercatcher, White-headed Stilt, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Red-capped Parrot, Australian Ringneck Parrots, Rainbow Bee-eater, Splendid Fairy-wren, and Western Wattlebird. Western Grey Kangaroos were also in abundance.

February 2017

  • A twitching tour to try to see the Eurasian Hobby and Crested Honey-Buzzards which are very unusual visitors (vagrants) to Australia with Christine and Noel from New South Wales, Australia. The Eurasian Hobby put on a wonderful show but unfortunately the Crested Honey-Buzzards did not show.

January 2017

  • A trip to North Lake to see the Eurasian Hobby (only the second record of this species in Australia) provided excellent views of this bird along with Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Splendid Fairy-Wren, and Rainbow Bee-eater.
  • A trip to South Yunderup (1 hour south of Perth) produced a very lost Baird’s Sandpiper. The Woody Pears (Xylomelum occidentale) were flowering profusely.

December 2016

  • A very enjoyable morning birdwatching on Rottnest Island where a number of birds including White-headed Stilt, Banded Stilt, Pied Oystercatcher, Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Red-necked Stint, Fairy Tern, Rainbow Bee-eater and Red-capped Robin were all seen. The Quokka’s were a highlight as usual!
  • Long-toed stint, Red-necked Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Banded Stilt, White-headed Stilt, a Gallinago snipe and Splendid Fairy-wren were seen at Thomson’s Lake

November 2016:

  • The BirdLife Western Australia Phototwitch was held in November and I was very pleased to have narrowly won again this year. I managed to photograph 69 bird species in eight hours. In 2014 I won the inaugural phototwitch held in Western Australia with 72 species photographed in eight hours. The phototwitch is a fun event that raises money for the endangered Australasian Bittern.
  • Five full days from Perth were spent with bird photographers Isamu and Kuniko Fukui from Japan. We included a few tourist stops but were largely looking for bush birds. Highlights were: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Western Corella, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Regent Parrot, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Shining Bronze-cuckoo, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Rufous Treecreeper, Splendid Fairy-wren, White-winged Fairy-wren,  Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Thornbill, Western Spinebill, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Western Wattlebird, Gilberts (White-naped) Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, Scarlet Robin, Red-capped Robin, Western Yellow Robin, and White-breasted Robin.

October 2016:

  • Half-day targeted Bird Watching Tour with Ron from USA. We visited five sites and saw 58 species with highlights: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-wren, Red-winged-Fairy Wren, Western Thornbill, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Scarlet Robin, and White-breasted Robin.
  • Half-day Bird Watching Tour with Christer and his wife from Sweden. We visited two lakes and two sites in the hills and saw 67 species. Highlights were: Square-tailed Kite, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Splendid Fairy-wren, Western Thornbill, Spotted Pardolote, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, and Gilberts (White-naped) Honeyeater.
  • Half-day Wildflower Tour with Joerg from Switzerland/Germany: Our focus was Drosera and Orchid species so we visited Wireless Hill, Jandakot Regional Park, a dampland in Forrestdale and a site in Banyowla Regional Park. We saw at least 5 flowering Droseras: Drosera gigantea, Drosera glanduligera, Drosera menziesii, Drosera macrantha and Drosera pallida. Orchids included: Caladenia arenicola, Caladenia flava, Caladenia longicaudia, Diuris magnifica, Diuris macrantha, Elythranthera emarginata, Elythranthera brunonis, Pryorchis nigricans, Lyperathus serratus, Microtis media and Thelymitra crinata.
  • Half-day Wildflower Tour with Chris and Maureen from the USA: We visited Wireless Hill, Jandakot Regional Park and Ellis Brook. All sites were still at their peak flowering with Verticordia insignis also starting to bloom well.
  • Full day Wildflower Tour with Tim and Ros from Canberra: We visited a number of sites including one in Jandakot Regional Park with carpets or Milkweed Sunray (Hyalosperma cotula) Golden Longheads (Podotheca gnaphalioides) and Yellow Podotheca (Podotheca chrysantha).
  • Half-day Wildflower Tour with Pat and Jeff to Wireless Hill and Ellis Brook. Wireless Hill was ablaze with Red and Green Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthos manglesii), Cats Paws (Anigozanthos humilis) and Redbeak orchids (Pyrorchis nigricans).
  • Half-day wildflower Tour with Barbara and Anne: Ellis Brook, Lesmurdie and the Zig Zag wildflowers were superb with Milkmaids (Burchardia umbellata), Cowslip Orchid (Caladenia flava), Common smokebush (Conospermum stoechadis), Slender Smokebush (Conospermum huegelii), Pink Enamel Orchid (Elythranthera emarginata), Fuchsia Grevillea (Grevillea bipinnatifida), White Myrtle (Hypocalymma angustifolium), Pincushion Coneflower (Isopogon dubius), Many-flowered Honeysuckle (Lambertia multiflora), Graceful Honeymyrtle (Melalueca radula), Melaleuca seriata, Morning Lily (Orthrosanthus laxus), Verticordia acerosa and Variegated Verticordia (Verticordia huegelii) all flowering.

September 2016:

  • Full day birdwatching tour with Matt from Belgium/USA: 63 species seen including 30 waterbirds. Highlights were Blue-billed duck, Glossy Ibis, Common Sandpiper, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-wren, White-winged Fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Wattlebird, Gilberts (white-naped) Honeyeater, and White-backed Swallow.
  • Half-day wildflower and bird tour with Jacky from Canberra: Ellis brook wildflowers are peaking with Milkmaids (Burchardia umbellata), Cowslip Orchid (Caladenia flava),Common smokebush (Conospermum stoechadis), Slender Smokebush (Conospermum huegelii), Fuchsia Grevillea (Grevillea bipinnatifida), White Myrtle (Hypocalymma angustifolium), Pincushion Coneflower (Isopogon dubius), Many-flowered Honeysuckle (Lambertia multiflora), Graceful Honeymyrtle (Melalueca radula), Melaleuca seriata, Morning Lily (Orthrosanthus laxus), and Verticordia acerosa all flowering. Jacky was also happy to see a number of birds including: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-wren, Western Wattlebird, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and Mistletoebird.
  • Full day targeted birdwatching tour with Michael from Melbourne: Square-tailed Kite, Painted Button-Quail, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Rufous Treecreeper, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Spinebill, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Western Wattlebird, Gilberts (White-naped) Honeyeater, Western (Golden) Whistler, Western Yellow Robin and White-breasted Robin were all seen.
  • Half-day birdwatching tour with Aoife from Ireland. We saw 56 species including: Blue-billed Duck, Glossy Ibis, Intermediate Egret, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Splendid Fairy-wren, and Western Wattlebird.
  • Two half-day targeted birdwatching tours with Nick from Queensland: Blue-billed Duck, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Rufous Treecreeper, White-winged Fairy-wren, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Western Wattlebird, Scarlet-Robin, Hooded Robin, and White-backed Swallow were all seen.
  • Toodyay and Chittering full day wildflower tour with Helen and Peter from Sydney: A blaze of colour with a large diversity of wildflowers. Just to name a few: Jam (Acacia acuminata), Drummond’s Wattle (Acacia drummondii), Red and Green Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii), Calytrix sylvana, Slender Smokebush (Conospermum huegelii), Common Smokebush (Conospermum stoechadis), Woolly-flowered Grevillea (Grevillea pilulifora), Honeybush (Hakea lissocarpa),  Large Hibbertia (Hibbertia lasiopus), White Myrtle (Hypocalymma angustifolium), Blue Lechenaultia (Lechenaultia biloba), Morning Lily (Orthrosanthus laxus), Granite petrophile (Petrophile biloba), Everlastings (Rhodanthe manglesii), Purple Tassels (Sowerbaea laxiflora) and Black-eyed Susan (Tetratheca hirsuta).

August 2016:

  • Bungendore: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Western Spinebill, and Western Wattlebird. A number of wildflowers out including Native Fuschia (Grevillea wilsonii), Parrot Bush (Banksia sessilis), Salt and Pepper (Philotheca spicata), and Scented Banjine (Pimelea suaveolens).
  • Ellis Brook: Wedge-tailed Eagle, Square-tailed Kite, Western Rosella,  Red-capped Parrot, Western Thornbill, Gilbert’s Honeyeater, Western Whistler and Red-eared Firetail. The waterfall is looking superb and quite a few wildflowers out.
  • North Bannister and Jarrahdale: Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Rufous Treecreeper, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, White-breasted Robin, Scarlet Robin, Hooded Robin.

July 2016 highlights:

  • Anstey-Keene Reserve: Lots of White-cheeked Honeyeaters and Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters. Also Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos, Red-capped Parrots and Black-faced Woodswallows. Flowering profusely were Firewood Banksia (Banksia menziesii), Swamp Fox Banksia (Banksia telmatiaea) and Swamp Rainbow (Drosera heterophylla).
  • Jandakot Regional Park: Wildflowers starting to look good, including: Aniseed Boronia (Boronia crenulata), Buttercups (Hibbertia hypericoides), Salt and pepper (Philotheca spicata), and Lomandra nigicans.
  • Lesmurdie Falls: Lots of water going over the falls now. It’s looking very beautiful with quite a few wildflowers out now including Pincushion Coneflower (Isopogon dubius).
  • At least six Freckled Duck at Herdsman Lake and an Intermediate Egret at North Lake. These birds are uncommon to rarely seen in Perth.

June 2016 highlights:

  • Ellis Brook: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Spinebill, Gilbert’s honeyeater (Western White-naped Honeyeater), White-breasted Robin and Red-eared Firetail. Wildflowers: Prickly Dryandra (Banksia armata), Woolly Grevillea (Grevillea pilulifora) and many others. Western Grey Kangaroos. No water going over the falls yet.
  • Jandakot Regional Park: Brown Quail, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Horsefield’s Cuckoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrots, Western Wattlebird and Scarlet Robin. Wildflowers: Basketbush (Adenanthos obovatus), Pink Summer Calytrix (Calytix fraseri), Pearl Bush (Conostephium pendulatum), and Swamp Pea (Euchilopsis linearis). Western Grey Kangaroos.

May 2016 highlights:

  • Jarrahdale: Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Spinebill, Gilberts Honeyeater (Western White-naped Honeyeater), Western Whistler (Golden Whistler), Western Yellow Robin, Scarlet Robin, and White-breasted Robin.
  • Jandakot Regional Park: Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Red-capped Parrot, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Southern Boobook, and Western Wattlebird.
  • Lesmurdie Falls and the Zig Zag: The falls were flowing. Birds: Red-capped Parrot. Red-winged Fairy-wren and Western Spinebill. Wildflowers: Andersonia lehmanniana, Candle Cranberry (Astroloma foliosum), Prickly Hovea (Hovea pungens), Honeybush (Hakea lissocarpa), Fuschia Grevillea (Grevillea bipinnatifida), and Woolly Grevillea (Grevillea pilulifora).