Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 2, 2019

Wimmera and Mallee tourist photos

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Victoria to South Australia Tourist

First stop off for this blog post was Skipton, central Victoria, where I stopped off for a walk around the lake and a look at the op shops.

Skipton - Victoria
Skipton – Victoria

Then I kept heading west to Ararat, where I stayed at Green Hill Lake. Quite a nice little spot by the water with plenty of birds and shade for camping under. Horsham is quite a nice little town in the Wimmera district.

The Big Koala
The Big Koala

Just west of Horsham was this amazing big koala. I just had to stop and take a photo. It took my breath away.

Natimuk Christmas
Natimuk Christmas

Christmas day saw me on the road to Nhill through the Little Desert National Park. Header and hay. Before that I stopped at the Jane Duff Highway Park for a walk around the water-hole.

Nhill Lake
Nhill Lake

I spent a couple of days at Nhill and I spent most of it at Nhill Lake, enjoying the shade and the water skiing in the tiny little duck pond.

Little Desert National Park
Little Desert National Park

I guess they called it a desert because there was lots of sand. I went on a few walks in the park. I did not drive in because you need a four wheel drive.

Mallee Fowl Mound
Mallee Fowl Mound

On the Keith Hately Nature Walk you can see an old Mallee Fowl mound. I still have not seen a Mallee Fowl 🙁

Poocher Swamp
Poocher Swamp

And into South Australia. Near Bordertown, I went for a hopeful look at Poocher Swamp but it was dry.

Ngarkat Conservation Park
Ngarkat Conservation Park

Further North from Bordertown and into the Ngarkat Conservation Park. More mallee bush for miles and miles.

South Australia Riverland

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Riverland

From Pinnaroo I headed north to Loxton, on the river Murray. After a night at the Rilli Reserve, I headed to Berri and stayed at the Martin Bend Reserve.

Blue Bonnet
Blue Bonnet (Northiella haematogaster)

Just Before Panura, I stopped because I saw these pair of Blue Bonnets on the fence.

Whistling Kite
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)

At Martin Bend Reserve near Berri, there were a pair of young Whistling Kites just out of the nest. So there were four screeching raptors making such a racket you would not believe. One of the adults had found a fish and was flying around with it, and chomping on it. At one stage I think she may have shared it with the kids, but I am not sure.

Whistling Kite  with fish
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) with fish

Whistling Kite
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)

Gimme some of the fish, please!

Whistling Kite
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)

South Australia Riverland bird list

Blue Bonnet (Northiella haematogaster)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Darter
Crimson Rosella or Yellow Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus)
Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus)
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)

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