Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 17, 2015

Outback South Australia

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North of Port Augusta.

Leaving Port Augusta, I stopped 30 kilometers north. I was not expecting much but was stunned as a pair of Mulga Parrot roosted near my camp and started munching on some bushes.

female Mulga Parrot
female Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius)

The female is a lot duller than the male, with a red patch on the wings.

male Mulga Parrot
male Mulga Parrot

The male Mulga Parrot had a yellow patch on the wings with a yellow and red belly.

Red-capped Robin
Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii)

In the morning I went over the other side of the train line because I could hear a few birds over there. This immature Red-capped Robin sat up posing for me quite nicely.

Crested Bellbird
Crested Bellbird (Oreoica gutturalis)

I was quite surprised to find a couple of Crested Bellbirds. They were not real shy and allowed me to get reasonably close for some good photos. The only other time I have seen them was at Cunnamulla in Queensland, years ago.

Outback Gibber Plain
A gibber plain
This area is a wide gibber plain with a light cover of chenpods. There are Western Myall (Acacia papyrocarpa) woodlands interspersed.

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

Later in the afternoon I spied an eagle in a tree after he had flown off from a kangaroo on the side of the road.

Bird List

Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius)
crested bellbird (Oreoica gutturalis)
red-capped robin
Australian Magpie
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater
White-browed Babbler
Australian Ringneck
Wedge-tailed Eagle

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