We flew to Perth on October 21 for two weeks of birding in the SW of WA and a week of veterans cricket in Perth in November. I had a list of about 20 species that I thought would be possible to video and photograph. What a wonderful part of Australia! We saw whales breaching, magnificent timber, wonderful scenery and many lovely birds and we met many helpful people. In the end I was able to obtain video of 14 new species and improved video of many species.
The new species were: Laughing Dove, Western Whistler, Gilbert’s Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, White-breasted Robin, Western Yellow Robin, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Rufous Treecreeper, Red-eared Firetail and Red-winged Fairy-Wren.
Major improvements were made to: Australian Shelduck, Long-billed Corella and Brush Bronzewing.
The biggest dips were: Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird and Fairy Tern.
The total number of species on the DVDs is now 456. Will I ever get to 500?
All in all a very sucessful trip. The cricket was a different story – we lost the final!