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April 10, 2015

Gulf Country Birds

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Port Pirie to Port Augusta.

I left the fabulous library at Port Pirie and drove north a few kilometers and stayed the night at Nukunu Rest Area.

St Vincents Gulf
St Vincent’s Gulf

Nukunu Rest Area

There was some good bush along the highway and I seen some Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens), Crested Pigeons and a mob of White-browed Babblers.

Singing Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens)

The moon was still up in the morning, nice and clear.

moon
The moon.

Mambray Creek.

Mambray Creek is 50 kilometers south of Port Augusta. I stopped at the rest area and walked along the road going to the gulf opposite the turn-off to Mount Remarkable National Park , which is 5k up the hill.

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

This photo above shows why this bird got its name.

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

And here is the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater in full song. A very nice singer indeed.

Yellow-throated Miner
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)

There were heaps of Yellow-throated Miners hawking in the big old gum trees.

Tree Martin
Tree Martin (Hirundo nigricans)

And a bunch of Tree Martins hawking around.

Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis)

There was a wide variety of birds along this short stretch of road. The old hollowed out gum trees might have had something to do with it.

Blue-winged Parrot
Blue-winged Parrot (Neophema chrysostoma)

Last but not least, the magnificent Blue-winged Parrot. I think this is the first time I have seen one of these. tick tick.

South Australia Bird List

Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens)
Crested Pigeon
White-browed Babbler
Black-shouldered Kite
Whistling Kite
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
House Sparrow
Blue-winged Parrot (Neophema chrysostoma)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Tree Martin (Hirundo nigricans)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis)
Australian Ringneck, race barnardi
Peaceful Dove

2 Comments »

  1. Still traveling Steve! What an amazing adventure you’re having. Nice to catch you on twitter after so long (@genswinc)

    Comment by Cindy — April 23, 2015 @ 12:31 am

  2. thank you. i have not done much birding lately. i am certainly making up for it now!

    Comment by admin — April 27, 2015 @ 4:39 am

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