Shark Bay has more than 200 species of birds, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Large breeding colonies of seabirds congregate along the coast and islands and draw many bird watching enthusiasts to the region.
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 bottlenose dolphins that steal the show in Monkey Mia - the walking trails 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.