Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 17, 2015

Lake Hart Birding

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 3:08 am

Salt Lakes.

I kept wondering about the salt lakes that I was encountering as I went deeper north into outback South Australia. I could not work out where the salt came from because I was thousands of kilometers from the ocean. But I read that this area used to be an ocean millions of years ago and the sea levels lowered and left these salt lakes, which then evaporated.

Island Lagoon
Island Lagoon.

I finally got some decent shots of Black-faced Woodswallows. There were quite a few of them around Lake Hart. In the late afternoon some of them ventured out onto the salt pan.

Black-faced Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus)

And I also got some good shots of Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos. I had only got some average shots before so I am quite relieved to finally get something decent of them.

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (Cacatua leadbeateri)

They were feasting on these native melons.

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo.

In the morning I went back along the lake shore. This man was collecting salt.

Man on salt lake
Man and Salt Lake.

This Yellow-throated Miner was feasting on some young mistletoe flowers. They were still green and when older go a rich red colour.

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

I thought these might be Ground Cuckoo-shrike but imagine my disappointment when they turned out to be of the White-bellied variety. From my book, it says they are out of range here.

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis)

And a nice desert flower. Quite a beautiful flower.

desert flower
Desert flower.

And to end the day off, some more Black-faced Woodswallows.

Black-faced Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallows

Lake Hart
Lake Hart.

Lake Hart Bird List

Black-faced Woodswallow
Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Blue Bonnet
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis)
Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus)
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)
Zebra Finch
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater
White-backed Swallow


  1. hi its the 11th June…and im camping at the southern edge of Lake Hart
    I photographed some great parrots today..along with several species that you have mentioned..and some I can not put name to as yet.
    The mistletoe has just about finished flowering..but I did get a pic of a mistletoe bird while i was camped beside the Finke River last week
    Thanks for this page
    If anyone wants pics of what I have found here let me know

    Comment by christene kennedy — June 11, 2015 @ 9:03 am

  2. hello christine.
    probably ringneck parrots ?
    enjoy your trip.

    Comment by admin — June 22, 2015 @ 2:46 am

  3. or Bluebonnets ?

    Comment by admin — June 22, 2015 @ 2:47 am

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