Bird is the word

Forget about tweeting, because for this bunch of bird enthusiasts it’s all about twitching.

They are the members of the BirdLife Midwest-Geraldton group who get together once a month to share their passion for bird watching.

In their most recent field trip, the convoy of keen twitchers took to the Chapman Valley to catch a glimpse of the diverse bird life that is nested within the Northern Agricultural Region.

“We progressively made our way to Noondamurra Pool, East Yuna Reserve and the old Yuna racecourse and spotted a few favourites along the way,” NACC Biodiversity Coordinator Jessica Stingemore said.

“Among many other species, we spotted Nankeen kestrels, Australasian pipets, a spotted harrier, mistletoe birds, splendid fairy wrens, red-capped robins and a wedge tailed eagle along the way – which was great.

“Despite a small hiccup … a forgotten pair of binoculars, we had the chance to spot some fantastic, and often noisy birds such as the red-tailed black cockatoo, striated pardalotes and grey fantails; and also got to enjoy an amazing display of wildflowers too.”

During the group’s lunch break at the Noondamurra Pool, the group was treated to occasional visits by a male and female black-fronted dotterel, white-faced herons, Eurasian coots and zebra finches – all of which stopped-in for a rest.

“On the way home, a handful of our lucky twitchers visited a known Carnaby’s Cockatoo roosting site, where more than 200 birds flew above the group to roost! Sadly, it was too dark to capture a clear photograph,” Dr Stingemore said.

BirdLife Australia is the country’s largest organisation devoted to the future of our native birdlife.

They are an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a single aim: creating a bright future for Australia’s birds.

The Midwest-Geraldton branch started in 2011 with a small number of enthusiasts.In the past the group have enjoyed excursions to Point Moore, Greenough River, Irwin River, and the Abrolhos islands.

For more information about birds in our region visit the BirdLife Australia website here.
Picture credit: Mike Lawrie


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