The Narrogin and surrounding areas can provide not only the avid birdwatcher with a host of fine areas to visit, but can also give families a day out to observe our unique and wonderful wildlife.
Right on the doorstep of Narrogin is Foxes Lair Nature Reserve. It is fast becoming known for its birdlife and wildflowers, with its walk trails. I quite often meet overseas and interstate travellers in my wanders around there. Just a few of the birds found are the Western Rosella, Red-capped Robin, Laughing Kookaburra, The Elegant Parrot, and Pink and Grey Galahs.
Still in Narrogin is The Railway Dam, just off Mokine road. The dam has resident ducks – Grey Teal, Pacific Black Duck and Australian Shelducks (Mountain Ducks). Quite often after big winter storms you can see birds blown inland such as Pelicans, Ibis, Black Swans and even Seagulls have been seen resting up before heading back to the coast.
Just past Cuballing you will find The Yornaning Dam, another fine area with waterbirds, The Western Tree Creeper, the Brown Goshawk, and very often the beautiful Splendid Fairy Wren.
The Dryandra Woodlands is such a very special place to visit. About 25 minutes from Narrogin, it is an awesome place for birdlife and if you are quick, you can see the elusive Numbat. Wedge-tailed Eagles and the inland Thornbill have also been seen in the Dryandra Woodlands area. A visit here and you will see what inspired Vincent Serventy about this unique place.
If you have a day away from the hustle and bustle of things, head out to any one of these areas and just turn off and listen to the sounds of the bushland – you will find the the peacefulness so restoring.
This guide and all photos were kindly provided by Rick Playle from Narrogin.
Where is your favourite place to birdwatch?