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!





Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas Everyone!

This year we have decided not to send Christmas cards, and instead have made a donation to Cows for Cambodia on everyone's behalf. This is a locally run charity that provides poor Cambodian families with a cow.  This is how it works. Cows for Cambodia is essentially a “COW BANK”. They loan Cambodian families a pregnant cow. They must look after the cow, and when it has the calf they get to keep the calf. Cows for Cambodia take their cow back, ready  to be impregnated again. It’s more about providing an opportunity to break the poverty cycle rather than a direct handout. To find out more about Cows for Cambodia, (and also make a donation if you wish), follow this link.
We wish all our family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.  We'll leave you with the weather forecast for Adelaide where we are expecting the hottest Christmas in 70 years and some pictures from some local houses all decked out for Christmas.








Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pengilly Scrub- after the bushfire

Pengilly Scrub is a small reserve to the north of Adelaide. It was almost totally burned out in the Pinery bushfire in November 2015. Over seven days the Pinery bushfire burned over 65,000 Hectares (210,000 Acres). Adelaide has had exceptional rainfall this winter so I decided to go and see how Pengilly was recovering after the fire.

The understory was growing well, and there were signs of the gum trees sprouting new leaves, but many of the larger trees were down.

There were plenty of birds though, and two Western Grey Kangaroos.

The most common bird by far was the Rainbow Bee-eater, a summer visitor to South Australia. I found a favoured perch and this chap was happy to keep returning until I had enough photos.




There were also plenty of Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters, Red-rumped Parrots, and, of course, Willy Wagtails.


 

I did notice that there were very few small birds, no finches or thornbills, and only a single pair of Dusky Woodswallows.

The only raptor was a distant Brown Falcon.

I'll try to get back there in a few weeks time to see how things are going.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Wet Kaurna Wetlands Park

We have had a very wet end to winter in South Australia, and the wetlands has been steadily filling. So I took my "point and shoot" along for Kobe's regular Saturday morning walk around the park to see what we could find.

Around 9 months ago a Fluker Post appeared at the wetland. The Fluker Post Project is a "citizen science" project where members of the public put their camera or smartphone on the post and take a photo.  These photos are then used to track how the environment changes with time. More details on the project can be found here. This is what a post looks like, along with my contribution.



Recently, the council also replace some of the bridges here with new bridges. All of the new bridges are underwater at the moment.



The wetland is full to overflowing at the moment so there are lots of opportunities for photographing reflections, and the wildflowers are really starting to show their beauty.





 



On the bird front, the summer visitors are beginning to arrive, and in the last week I have heard Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo, Rufous Songlark and Australian Reed Warbler. No chance of photos with my point and shoot, though I did manage a photo of Pacific Black Duck and a female Superb Fairy-wren (100% crop).