Thursday, July 20, 2017

Onkaparinga

Today I spent the day birding in the Area around Old Noarlunga and the Onkaparinga River with local birder and fellow Pom Tony Bainbridge.

We met up in Old Noarlunga, at a local reserve that holds a well known roost of Rufous Night-herons. There were around half a dozen roosting there and some of them were quite cooperative.




There was also a White-faced Heron there, and some Feral Rock Doves.


A walk along the Onkaparinga brought the usual cormorants, with Little Black Cormorant and Little Pied Cormorant both sitting still and in the open. The Great Egret was a bit further away.



Australian Pelicans were always in view, and always make a photogenic subject.




At the wetlands, we saw a pair of Blue-billed Ducks in amongst their more common cousins, as well as Blackbirds and plenty of Eastern Rosellas. 



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Local Birding

This morning I was planning to head up onto the Adelaide Plains, looking for raptors taking advantage of the current mouse plague. but I called into the Gawler River on the way and got sidetracked by the Red-kneed Dotterels and Slender-billed Thornbills.  Before I knew it, it was time to head home!

Red-kneed Dotterels are pretty common, but usually wary.  These were happy to keep on feeding while I watched from the car.




Slender-billed Thornbills are very localised to the samphire salt marsh, and were posing in the sun, albeit at a distance.



There were also a few egrets around, both Great and Little.


Oh well, I guess I'll go looking for raptors another day!!