Friday, February 26, 2016

New Dear Friends, New Wonderful Birds

After about two days, the rains did stop in Cheynes Beach, but it was time for us to move on. Although that morning I had one more look at the Noisy Scrub-bird!

See the white throat and his eye? That's a Noisy Scrub-bird!
They seem to run sort of hunched over.
We packed up our dampness and headed west. We made a quick stop by Waychinicup National Park, a ridiculously beautiful place.

So beautiful that we considered spending a night there, but we wanted to get over to see our friends in Denmark (Western Australia, not the country) and so we did. It was wonderful meeting Lily and Mike in person. We had become virtual friends with Lily through the Facebook. (Those who think FB is just a waste of time, do not understand how to use it. It can grow new friendships and deepen existing ones. I am very grateful for it). I could not have liked them more if I had created them out of my own imagination. They are just that wonderful. We spent the night at their home and got our lifer Western Rosella off their deck. We also had a delicious home-cooked meal and just visited. I am very grateful!

Lily and Mike (and Lynn and me and Bluff Knoll).
The gorgeousness of a Western Rosella

Australian Ringneck "Twenty-Eight" (a name referring to its call).

The next morning we all went up to the Stirling Range NP. We took separate vehicles as Lynn and I would be staying at the Stirling Range Retreat Caravan Park. On the way over we got our lifer Red-capped Parrots (which we would see several more times out there). We birded a bit around the caravan park area with Mike and Lily, as well as going out to Bluff Knoll and a few other spots. Then Lynn and I had a nice Lifer Supper at the Bluff Knoll Café (Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Western Thornbill and the western subspecies of the Crested Shrike-tit). I am so very grateful. Here are a bunch of photos...
The amazingly colorful Red-capped Parrot 
Playing hide and seek
I just like this photo. The bokeh background turned out very cool.
This is Ms Red-capped Parrot
Elegant Parrot in a paddock
Young Elegant Parrot in a tree       

Western subspecies of the Crested Shrike-tit. Hopefully its own species soon. This one had just had a bath. 
Western Corellas!

Yesterday we decided to go south to the coast since the north and inland forecast was for 40C for Saturday. Thanks to a tip from our new friend Peter Taylor, we picked up our lifer Western Corella on our way toward Augusta! I am grateful.

Birds. Peace. Love. Earth. Laughter. Music.

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