Bird watching

Australila's Coral Coast offers great best bird watching opportunities. 

Home to hundreds of species, its populations represent a large portion of Australia’s bird species. Emus can be spotted in the bush of our National Parks, by the roadside and even roaming freely on the streets of Exmouth and Denham.

The cheeky laugh of the Kookaburra can also be heard throughout the region, with the Tawny Mouth Frog found in trees all over the Coral Coast. You might even see a Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia’s largest living bird of prey, soaring in the open skies in Kalbarri or in the Cape Range National Park.

But it’s the large breeding colonies of sea birds that congregate along the coast and islands that draw many bird watching enthusiasts to the region. Shark Bay has more than 200 species of birds, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. The Francois Peron National Park, found in Shark Bay, has hundreds of pied Cormorant clusters can be seen resting on beaches after they have gone out to catch small fish in and around the seagrass.Their nesting areas are found in the relatively rare mangrove habitats of Shark Bay.

It's not just the bottle nose dolphins that steal the show in Monkey Mia - the walking traild around Monkey Mia are great for bird watching. Look out for the thick-billed grasswren, white-browed babblers, chiming wedgebill, southern scrub-robin, and crested bellbird. In summer there are a variety of shorebirds on the mudflats along the coast south.

The Abrolhos Islands, off Geraldton's coast, have more than 90 species of sea birds including such as crested terns, honeymooners, button quails, white breasted sea eagles. Unique to the Abrolhos are the quiet unassuming Lesser Noddys - their only other nesting place outside Australia is in the Seychelles.

Inland, Carnamah's Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor is a group of salt lakes is one of the key sites where work is being done to reconnect drier inland habitats with their coastal counterparts. The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor will help protect and recover our endangered and declining woodland, and shrubland fauna such as the endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Malleefowl, Crested Bellbird and the Western Yellow Robin. The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor is found within the globally recognised Southwest Australia Hotspot.  Conservation International, a world authority on biodiversity conservation, identified Southwest Australia as one of only 35 globally significant Hotspots.

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