Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 11, 2015

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Park

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Port Augusta Birding.

“Grab your hat and a bottle of water and head off on one of our scenic Garden Walks.” The Arid Lands Botanic Garden is a couple of kilometers north of Port Augusta at the head of Spencer Gulf in South Australia. It really is a remarkable park and well worth a visit if you are heading this way.

Ooldea Mallee
Ooldea Mallee (Eucalyptus youngiana)

This morning these Zebra Finch were just in front of the visitors centre enjoying the early sun. The males have the orange cheek and the females do without.

Zebra Finch
Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

I was stoked to get a photo of the Chirruping Wedgebill. It is a tick for me and is endemic to this area.

Chirruping Wedgebill
Chirruping Wedgebill (Psophodes cristatus)

And another tick with this one. He is having a feast on the Book Leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus Kruseana). They have a distinctive red dot just behind the eye.

White-fronted Honeyeater
White-fronted Honeyeater (Phylidonyris albifrons)

This little snake crawled across the track right in front of me. I have no idea if it is venomous or not but I suspect it might be.

snake - ID needed

Port Augusta bird list

Red Wattlebird
Singing Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
White-fronted Honeyeater (Phylidonyris albifrons)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Zebra Finch
White-browed Babbler
Welcome Swallow
Australian Magpie
Crested Pigeon
Chirruping Wedgebill (Psophodes cristatus)

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