Friday, April 21, 2017

Skywatch Friday - Rainbows over Goolwa

Double rainbow over the River Murray looking towards Goolwa, South Australia

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Birding to the south of Adelaide

The other weekend, after hearing reports of an Australian Bustard on Hindmarsh Island, I decided to head south and see if it was still about.

As I crossed the bridge from Goolwa onto the island, it started to rain and there was a spectacular rainbow.


I criss-crossed the island and did not find the elusive bustard.  There were a few flocks of Elegant Parrots, one of which was happy to perch close to a Nankeen Kestrel.

There were also good numbers of Cape Barren Geese, and a group of Straw-necked Ibis.

Heading back, I checked out the Murray Mouth, but it was high tide so no waders to speak of.  As usual there was a Great Egret standing guard just south of the barrage.
On my way through the hills I called in to Laratinga Wetlands at Mount Barker.  The White-faced Herons were very obliging, as were the Black-fronted Dotterels. 

And, of course, a visit to Laratinga is never complete without an Australian Spotted Crake or two!!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bald Hill Beach

I have been a lax with my blog posts.  This one should have been done a couple of weeks back.
A birding friend of mine was at Bald Hill Beach, Near Port Wakefield, a few weeks ago, when a Little Curlew flew in. Little Curlew is a pretty rare vagrant in South Australia, and should be somewhere along the north coast of Western Australia or Northern Territory.

The following weekend I headed  up to see if it was there.  Bald Hill Beach is on Department of Defense land, but they allow visitors when the range is not Live.

As I drove in I passed this tank at the main gate.

It was a beautifully calm sunny autumn day and the tide was fully in.

After a while I was joined by some other birders, and we searched along the beach.  No sign, but as the tide turned and we headed back, there it was.  It must have flown in behind us.

After taking a few shots I decided to try digiscoping with my phone.  Not a bad result.

On the way out I spotted a Bearded Dragon sunning itself on a post, and a Western Grey Kangaroo in a paddock.

The road out was full of raptors with either a Brown Falcon or a Nankeen Kestrel on every pole. 

I came home the country way, along unsealed roads, stopping whenever I saw a bird.  These are some of them. White-winged Fairy-wren, Welcome Swallow and Singing Bushlark.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Oaklands Wetlands

This morning, I had a quick look around Oaklands Wetlands a few kilometers southwest of Adelaide CBD.

It is a nice place, but I imagine it gets very busy at weekends. The birds here are used to people so it was pretty easy to get some nice photos.

There were only common birds there, but I  enjoyed getting up close and personal with some of them.

The only ducks were Pacific Black and Maned ducks

Other waterbirds included Common Coot and Australian Little Grebe

Of course, Pelicans made use of the water, as did a Royal Spoonbill, whilst the Little Pied Cormorants used the not so natural perches

Finally, I was checking the nest boxes for possums etc, but this was the only one that was occupied

Friday, February 3, 2017

Laratinga Wetlands

Yesterday I had a very enjoyable walk at Laratinga Wetlands in Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills.  The water levels are just starting to recede following record breaking rain in January.

All of the usual ducks were there including Grey Teal, Maned duck and Pacific Black Duck.

Coots and Purple Swamphens were a plenty as well.

As usual, Superb Fairywrens were pretty easy to spot, and unusually, the Australian Reed Warblers were also co-operating.

There were a few muddy margins, so the Black-fronted Dotterels were back, and a few Australian Spotted Crakes were darting from cover to cover. 

This is a well grown juvenile Australian Spotted Crake just starting to get his/her colour.

In the last photo are about seven Australian Reed Warblers letting the Swamphen know he is not welcome. They were extremely agitated, behaviour I have not seen before.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Western Grey Kangaroos at Normanville.

We recently went away for a few nights, and every evening the kangaroos came out to play in the grounds of the resort.

In amongst the adults were a few joeys and some young males having a bit of a box!