Monday, September 11, 2017

WA

Its good to be back in Perth and I am looking forward to meeting up with Bird Life Aus people to vist the nature Reserve on the Swan River. Then travelling South beyond the Margaret River to Denmark.

I'm too early for the Fairy Tern nesting season but have been invited by Dr Nic Bishop to his Fairy Tern workshop and presentation in Mandurah which is an hour South of Perth. I'm keen to check out their decoys which I photographed on previous visits as they appear to be more substantially build than the polystyrene ones we use in NZ
Timing is spot on for the wild flower season so looking forward to seeing the sites on my list on route to Denmark.

Monday 11th Sept
  Wireless Hill to see the Wildflowers.

Tuesday 12th Sept
  A visit to Bold Park to visit the Birdlife Aus office and then walk to the top of Reabold Hill then back via the Tuart track. Temperatures in the low 20's are just good for walking
In the evening a  meet-up at Pelican reserve with Murray and Kath from Birdlife Aus. The highlight for me was seeing an Osprey ripping a fish apart as it fed on a wooden post in the Reserve. We counted 23 species of birds on our evening circuit of the Reserve.

I was also interested to see the off-shore line of 7  buoys that are there to protect the shore edge of the Reserve. These are marked with Wild-Life Refuge. I'm interested to promote this idea at Shoal Bay to protect the High Tide Roost sites from increasing disturbance from water recreational users especially as the population grows with increased infill housing.

Wednesday 13th Sept
Kings park to search for wild orchids fortunately I met up with some keen orchid hunters. Photographed the Spider orchid, Donkey Orchid, Pink Fairy orchid, and the Cowslip orchid.

Thursday 14th Sept
Headed to Mandurah about an hours drive South of Perth to attend the Fairy Tern workshop on the invitation of Dr Nic Bishop. 30 keen people attended the work shop and listened to Nic outline local projects to create a Fairy Tern Sanctuary and then we all took part in painting Fairy Tern decoys which was just what I wanted to see.  More to follow..........

 Friday  15th Sept
Headed South West to Dunsborough via Jarrahdale and Harvey.

Saturday  16th Sept
Orchid and Fairy wren photography in the Cape Leeuwin National park ..........  More to follow.

Sunday 17th Sept
Travelling further South to Denmark via Nannup

Monday 18th
Exploring the Wilson Inlet

Tuesday 19th
Albany and the whaling museum in at Discovery Bay in the Torndirrup forest Park. Amazing Geology at the Gap.

Wednesday 20th




Photos to follow.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Arrival of the Godwits

It was great to get an email from Graham announcing that three bar-tailed godwits had arrived in Ngataringa Bay.

  I had to check the High tide roost sites this morning and counted 22 now at Ngataringa Bay. Last year they reached 260 recorded at Shoal Bay on the 15th of December 2016.

On a high tide roost site in Shoal Bay estuary there are still two  of the sixty three wrybill, left.  We would have expected them to have left for the South Island for breeding by now.

 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Miranda Calling

Great to attend the residential NNZ Dotterel course at the Miranda Shorebird Centre this week. John Dowding is the 'Master' when it comes to all things 'dotterel'

John's depth of knowledge through his  research work over many years and his keenness to pass on information to help with dotterel management make for a great few days.

 It was good to catch up with familiar people and some new  from DOC, Auckland Council and other voluntary groups around the East and West Coast too of the North Island.

John teaches the distance that it  is safe to move at risk nests.




Photos to follow.