Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

February 20, 2019

Big Tree Grove and Northcliffe

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Southern Forests of Western Australia

After leaving Walpole, I camped at Crystal Springs for a couple of nights, recharging my batteries, doing nothing but read crime novels. I was going to camp at Shannon camp but there were millions of March Flies or Horseflies. It was just unbearable. Next stop was the Big Tree Grove. Not much there at all. The southern forests are a bit of a disappointment really. The only saving grace was the sight of another Baudin’s Black-cockatoo.

Baudin's Black-Cockatoo


Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii)

Purple-crowned Lorikeet


Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala)

There were a lot of Purple-crowned Lorikeets in the high canopy at the Big Tree Grove, along with some Western Rosellas.

Gilbert's Honeyeater


Gilbert’s Honeyeater (Melithreptus chlorospis)

This Gilbert’s Honeyeater was getting right into the nectar with this flower.

Red-winged Fairy-wren


Red-winged Fairy-wren (Malurus elegans)

I rolled into Northcliffe for lunch and then found my way to Sid’s Campground. Pretty cheap at five bucks a night, with shower and camp kitchen – top value. The horse flies are not so bad here either.

Australasian Swamphen


Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus bellus)

In the afternoon I went for a walk around the camp grounds. Not a great deal of bird activity at all. The South-west sub-species of the Australasian Swamphen, bellus, has an iridescent cobalt front.

Grey Shrike-thrush


Grey Shrike-thrush (Collurincla harmonica rufiventris)

I had to have a good hard look at this one. But the rufous vent, red eye, whitish lores, black bill and whitish eye-ring convinced me that it was a Grey Shrike-thrush and not a Western Whistler.

Scarlet Robin


Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang campbelli)

Last but not least, this SW sub-species campbelli, were very lively around the campsite when I got back from my walk.

Southern Forests Bird List

Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus baudinii)
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang campbelli)
White-browed Scrubwren
Western Rosella
Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala)
Red Wattlebird
Gilbert’s Honeyeater (Melithreptus chlorospis)
Red-winged Fairy-wren (Malurus elegans)
New Holland Honeyeater
Australian Magpie
Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus bellus)
Grey Shrike-thrush (Collurincla harmonica rufiventris)

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