Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 12, 2015

Arid Lands Botanic Garden 2

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 5:42 am

Port Augusta, South Australia.

Back again last night and this morning to the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden at Port Augusta. The weather had turned overcast in the afternoon, so there were not so many birds around. I did happen to photograph a White-winged Fairy-wren but it was so far away, it was pretty much out of focus and not usable.

Crimson Mallee
Crimson Mallee (Eucalyptus landsdowneana)

This morning was still overcast so it was a little bit quiet again. There were heaps of Tree Martins scooting around in the skies above me, as well as a few Welcome Swallows.

Tree Martin
Tree Martin (Hirundo nigricans)

I was fascinated by all the botanic exhibits and realized I know next to nothing about plants. There are about 100 different species of mallee tree/bush!

native grass
Native grasses.

I saw tthe Chirruping Wedgebill again.

Chirruping Wedgebill
Chirruping Wedgebill (Psophodes cristatus)

This kangaroo was having a drink near the hide.


I think this might be a Little Raven but I have no idea. The only thing I am going on is the range and the small hackles on the throat.

Little Raven ???
Little Raven ??

I spotted this Australian Pipit fly into the saltbush and followed him and seen a Black-faced Woodswallow sitting on the fence but it was too far away and hopelessly blurred. Not impressed. 🙁 But I was standing on the same spot as Mathew Flinders did when he explored the head of Spencer Gulf. 🙂

Australian Pipit
Australian Pipit (Anthus australis)

The pipit formerly known as Richard.

Port Augusta bird list

White-winged Fairy-wren (Malurus leucopterus)
Tree Martin (Hirundo nigricans)
Chirruping Wedgebill (Psophodes cristatus)
Australian Pipit (Anthus australis)
Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus)

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