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January 20, 2019

Tumby Bay 2

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Tumby Bay Mangrove Walk

I spent a few days in Tumby Bay, mainly trying to get some decent photos of the Rock Parrot. I do not think I Was entirely successful. They are so flighty.

Rock Parrot


Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila)

Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila) are found foraging in shrublands along the coast and salt-marshes. These small parrots eat the seeds and fruit of salt adapted plants. They particularly like the seeds of Pigface plants (Carpobrotus rossii).

Musk Lorikeet


Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)

There were so many Musk Lorikeets feeding on the eucalypt blossoms. At times, the noise was horrendous.

Rainbow Lorikeet


Rainbow Lorikeet (Triglossus moluccanus eyrei)

This is the local race, eyrei. I have not seen any for ages. They are mainly situated on the east coast.

Singing Honeyeater


Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens

Willie Wagtail


Willie Wagtail ( Rhipidura leucophrys)

There are always Willie Wagtails around. I thought I had better take a photo of one.
I did see a few Brush Bronzewing but they always took off before I got a good look at them. doh!
I missed the missed the Southern Scrub-robin (Drymodes brunneopygia) which spends most of its time on the ground foraging and flipping leaves over to catch insects. The call consists of a long high pitched “seep” or “whip whip paree”. At the mangrove walk there is some very good information and excellent photos by Photographe Trevor Cox.

Tumby Bay bird list

Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila)
Dusky Woodswallow
White-browed Babbler
Silvereye
Welcome Swallow
Red Wattlebird
Singing Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Rainbow Lorikeet (Triglossus moluccanus eyrei)
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)
Sacred Kingfisher
House Sparrow
Crested Pigeon
Brush Bronzewing
Willie Wagtail

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