Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 9, 2015

Random South Australia Birding Sites

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Clare Valley, Barker Inlet, Port Gawler and Parham.

This is a long trek from the central north to Adelaide and back north again along St Vincent’s Gulf. And with a side-trip to Melbourne which is undocumented and therefore did not happen.

Clare Valley.

I stopped overnight at Spring Gully Conservation Park, high over the Clare Valley.

Spring Gully CP
Spring Gully Conservation Park bush

There was very little bird life there except for Red Wattlebirds and Weebills.

Weebill (Smicornis brevirostris)

Barker Inlet Wetlands.

Barker Inlet is just near Port Adelaide. Not much on the ponds but a few birds in the trees alongside. There are some massive salt fields along in this area all they way through the area of this blog post. That reminds me, I need to buy some salt.

Port Adelaide Salt Mine
piles of salt.

Port Gawler Conservation Park

A few miles north, I went for a stroll through the saltbush. There was a solitary Common Greenshank, a pair of Black-winged Stilt and a Red-kneed Dotterel in the ponds.

Common Greenshank
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)

Luckily I managed to get a shot of him in flight.

Common Greenshank
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)


And further north there is a great camp spot right near the water, but unfortunately there were not a great deal of birds around. These Pacific Gulls are seen mainly in the south. Note the immature ones in the background.

Pacific Gull
Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)

And there was a noisy mob of White-browed Babblers gathering nesting material along the beach.

White-browed Babbler
White-browed Babbler (Pomatosomus superciliosus)

South Australia bird list

Red Wattlebird
Spotted Turtle-dove
Crested Pigeon
Black Swan
Welcome Swallow
Silver Gull
Pacific Gull
Common Starling
New Holland Honeyeater
Pacific Black Duck
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Australian Pelican
Black-winged Stilt
White-eared Honeyeater
Singing HOneyeater
Black-shouldered Kite
Masked Lapwing
Common Greenshank
Red-kneed Dotterel
White-browed Babbler

April 2, 2015

Trerowrin and Mount Bryan

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 12:39 am

South Australian Birding.

Coming South-west from Yunta along the Barrier Highway from Broken Hill I stopped at the historic little village of Trerowrin and found a pair of Australian Ringnecks in the tree in the middle of town. They were Mallee Ringnecks, and not the Port Lincoln race zonarius, so I guess I am not into their area yet.

Australian Ringneck
Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius barnardi)

I then went along this dirt road to Mokota Conservation Park which turned out to be a tussock grass area which had a few kangaroos/wallabies on the paddock. I was expecting a bit of bush, but it is all natural, so they reckon.

Mokota Conservation Park
Mokota Conservation Park.

Kangaroos or Wallabies ?
A mob of kangaroos – or are they wallabies?

I then went to Mount Bryan and went for a walk along the old train line. There were hordes of Galahs. But not much else.

Galahs. lots of them.

There was a Black-shouldered Kite on an aerial. I was hoping for a Letter-winged Kite but it had the black patch behind the eye, which is pretty much how you tell them apart as far as I can tell.

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

South Australia bird list

Red Wattlebird
Common Starling
Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius barnardi)
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Welcome Swallow

April 1, 2015

Yunta Birds

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 12:15 am

South Australia Birds.

I crossed over the border to South Australia yesterday. It is dry out here in the bush. No waterholes anywhere in the scrub. There are not many birds around.

Emu (Dromalus novaehollandiae).

There have been a few emus along the roads, but as soon as I stop to take their photos, they run away.

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax).

I stopped in the scrub just before Yunta and camped the night. Late in the afternoon, I took a look around and spotted a few birds but not many. This wedgie was circling in the distance but did not get very close.

Weebill ???
Weebill (Smicornis brevirostris) ???

I think this is a Weebill but I am not too sure. The beak is much too chunky to be a thornbill I reckon.

outback flowers
Desert bloom

A dry country plant glistening in the sunset light.

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)

These Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters are everywhere out there. Very common.

outback sunrise
Outback sunrise.

In the morning I had to do a panorama of the sunrise. It is a standard shot.

Yunta bird list

Emu (Dromalus novaehollandiae)
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Weebill (Smicornis brevirostris) ???
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
Noisy Miner

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