Birding Bowra Part 1 – Road To Homestead Area

Since there are so many places to see birds, I am breaking this down into several parts.  The first area to explore is the part where you first enter Bowra Station at the letterbox and drive the main road to the homestead – about 5 or 6 km.  This is a fantastic area for parrots, as you can see from the photos below we saw many species just in this area such as Cockatiels, Mallee Ringecks, Galahs, Major Mitchell Cockatoos, Mulga Parrots and various Honey-eaters, an Emu and of course lots of kangaroos!  I also saw a Bluebonnet flying away at the speed of light near the gate.IMG_8570a IMG_8582a IMG_8583a IMG_8585a IMG_8561 IMG_8559 IMG_8554a IMG_8549a IMG_8544a IMG_8537 IMG_8834a IMG_8834b IMG_8840a IMG_8842a IMG_8852a IMG_8854a IMG_8870a IMG_8874a IMG_8881a IMG_8902a IMG_8905a IMG_8908a IMG_8911a IMG_8912a IMG_8916a IMG_8924 IMG_8925a IMG_8935a IMG_8936a IMG_8938a IMG_8947 IMG_8965a IMG_8970

Bring boots as sometimes you have to walk through the bush!


Kangaroos Everywhere!

There’s no escaping them, not that most visitors to Yanchep would want to.  Western Grey Kangaroos are literally everywhere!

They greet you as you drive into the property.


They are all over the lawn.

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They come close to your room!

IMG_6608This is where you come to get those up-close shots of wild kangaroos to make your friends jealous!  They are used to people taking photos and are pretty calm about it.

Kangaroos & Cockatoos – The Road To Yanchep

After leaving Kalbarri, we drove through the National Park and met up with route 1 headed south going through Gerladton.  Here are some of the highlights we encountered along the way.

Kangaroos still within the park boundaries.

IMG_6379 IMG_6382Red-tailed Black Cockatoos just south of the park.

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Carnaby’s Cockatoos – not sure of exact location but about 2 hours before we reached Yanchep.

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Dryandra Woodland, Western Australia

Dryandra Woodland offers amazing birding only a couple hours drive from PerthUse your miles to get here and then hire a car so you can explore this beautiful park on your own.


Although you could visit Dryandra Woodland as a day trip from Perth, I highly recommend staying a night or two here so you can visit all the water holes and birding areas.  You can stay either in the park or in Narrogin, about a half hour’s drive from Dryandra.

The Lion’s Dryandra Village has the advantage of being right inside the park so no commuting and you can easily do the night tour at Barna Mia.  You do need to be completely self-sufficient and bring your own food and bed linens.

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The official park website has a brochure you can download.  I have marked some prime birding location in yellow on the screenshot below.  The Old Mill Dam was the best place, I personally saw several Western Rosellas, Australian Ringnecks, Rainbow Bee-eaters and more (see bird list links below).

Dryandra birding spots

The bird list is very impressive and Frank O’Connor’s website has some great location details complete with co-ordinates for your GPS.  Eremaea also has a bird list for Dryandra Woodland.

Here are some photos I took at Dryandra Woodlands.

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Australian Ringneck


Common Bronzewing

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Scarlet Robin wants a bath

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Some New Holland Honey-eaters join in.

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Western Rosellas wait for the chance to drink.  I was really happy to see them after I saw a video that they were disappearing.

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Although this Ringneck didn’t approach too close to the Rosellas, they still flew off when he was joined by others.  It’s clear the Ringneck is the dominating species.

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The Kookaburra wasn’t fazed by the Ringnecks at all or vice-versa.

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Rainbow Bee-eaters put on a great show diving down for a drink and quick bath.

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Willie Wagtails were everywhere!

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A few kangaroos came down for a drink.

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More Bee-eaters


Australian Magpies were also everywhere!


More Australian Ringnecks