This is amazing. Listen carefully and watch the magpie’s throat – he barks like a dog and later says good morning. With thanks to my sister Jane for capturing this on her smart phone – taken at Smiths Beach, near Yalingup, Western Australia, brilliant!
Category: South West
Magpie, cockatoos and surf Smiths Beach, Yalingup
Rating: 300 Frequent Bio Points*
Yalingup is a coastal surfing town located in the south west coast of Western Australia.
It is along the Cape to Cape Walk which starts at Cape Naturaliste near the magnificent coastline of Geographe Bay.
Smiths beach is a popular swimming spot with Resort style accommodation right on the beach.
Yalingup is part of the Margaret River’s famous wine making region.
You are currently listening to Old Scruffy, a magpie that sings for his many visitors outside Canal Rocks Beach Resort.
The outdoor beach shower post provides an ideal platform for his operatic performances.
There are a variety of sea birds, local cockatoos and kangaroos that frequent the area.
Apart from the beautiful swimming beaches there are stunning ocean views a short walk away along the Cape Cape Trail
Yalingup is an easy 3 hour drive down from Perth and we spent a very pleasant few days at Smiths beach, enjoying swimming in the crystal clear waters and breath taking walks along the coast. February is usually very warm and dry but we came across some very unusual weather patterns while we were here.
Prior to our leaving Perth, this amazing cloud band (taken at Peters Pool Cottesloe) was a portend of things to come!
A low pressure tough from the humid tropics of Northern Western Australia can form cyclonic weather there. In this case it created a rain depression that traveled all the way down to the South West, causing unseasonably humid and wet weather and flooding in some places.
It also presented us with amazing sunsets as can be seen in this picture of my mother and I walking along the coastline one evening. We felt like we were on the edge of the planet Mars looking out at the universe (and everything)!