Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 7, 2019

South Australia Waikerie to Spalding

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South Australia Mallee

It is a long way to Gluepot Reserve from Waikerie. And fifty kilometers of dirt road that has patches of sand blown over it that scares the crap out of you. I got there safely after the scare of my life and settled down at the Babbler Camp, about three kilometers from the homestead. Luckily the weather was a lot cooler than it had been but the wind was still blowing hard.

Mulga Parrot and Mallee Ringneck
Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius) and Mallee Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius barnardi)

Mulga Parrot on the left and Mallee Ringneck on the right. The Mallee Ringneck is a sub-species of the Australian Ringneck – Barnardius zonarius barnardi.

Mulga Parrot  - male and female
Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius) – male and female

The male is below and the female above.

Grey Butcherbird
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)

Southern Whiteface
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis)

I managed to successfully escape from Gluepot, despite my digital map being horribly wrong. I limped west to Morgan, where I stocked up with fuel and water and headed to Burra, then stopped at Broughton River near Spalding for the night. There was some water in the river, so in the morning I went for a walk with my camera.

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

Red-rumped Parrot
Red-rumped Parrot

A male Red-rumped Parrot having a drink in the river with some very photographic light.

Mallee Ringneck
Mallee Ringneck or Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius barnardi)

I like the texture of this fella.

Australian Reed-warbler
Australian Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus australis)

South Australi mallee bird list

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis)
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis)
Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius)
Mallee Ringneck or Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius barnardi)
Red-rumped Parrot
Australian Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus australis)
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula)
Black-tailed Native-hen
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

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