Monday, April 2, 2018

Oaklands Wetland again

As my local wetlands is completely dry now, I decided to head to Oaklands Wetland this morning, before it got too crowded.

All of the usual suspects were there, including Purple Swamphen, Grey Teal, Royal Spoonbill and Noisy Miner.




On one of the bridges was this Little Pied Cormorant who allowed me to slowly creep within a few metres.

The long staying pair of Pink-eared Ducks were still there, and although they are still quite timid, they allowed a reasonable approach with a bit of patience. They are quite stunning little ducks up close.




A favourite of mine is the white-faced Heron, and this one was quite happy to approach to about 3 metres as long as I kept still.




There are quite a few nest boxes here, and this one was full to overflowing!


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Adelaide International Kite Festival

This weekend the Adelaide International Kite Festival takes place on the Semaphore foreshore and beach.

One of the best spots to view from is Semaphore Jetty.



There are kites of all different shapes, sizes and colours.




Some big,





Some small.



This year there was a group of kite flyers from Queensland who performed close formation kite flying to music. 


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Another Visitor

On the way back from walking Kobe this morning we saw "our" Bearded Dragon sunning itself on the driveway.  It is very tame and I could approach within a couple of metres and it didn't move.



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Short stop at Oaklands Wetland

We had time for a very short visit to Oaklands Wetland yesterday. The first thing we spotted was this turtle spp. happily sunning itself.

There was a very confiding Royal Spoonbill, happy to let people get within a few metres. I love the markings on it's bill.



Other regulars here were Little Pied Cormorant and Australian Little Grebe.


Monday, January 29, 2018

A warm day in Tolderol

On Sunday I headed down to Tolderol, a reserve on the northern edge of Lake Alexandrina. This summer, Tolderol has been packed full of migrant waders.

The temperature was forecast to hit 44˚C (111˚F) so the plan was for a quick visit.  Well, things didn't quite turn out that way as bumped into a few fellow birders there.

Just inside the gate was a Black-shouldered Kite, but all I managed was a quick shot as he flew by

On the pools were waders galore, local residents like Red-capped Plovers and Red-kneed Dotterel.



Summer migrants were here too, with plenty of Curlew Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.



The heat must have affected the White-fronted Chats. Normally very flighty, a number of them sat still for photos.

But the birds we were really after were two rare vagrants to South Australia. Pectoral Sandpiper and Oriental Pratincole. Both had been seen here in the past few weeks. We eventually saw both, but from a distance.  I only got very distant and very poor shots of the Pectoral Sandpiper, but better photos of the two Oriental Pratincoles, as well as a poor flight shot later in the day.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Antonov An-124 in Adelaide

Today I made an early morning visit to Adelaide Airport to see an Antonov An-124 Ruslan, one of the largest cargo planes in civilian use.  It was flying in from Brisbane on a cargo charter.  I got to the airport just after 06:30, only to find that it had been delayed and was likely to come in after 09:00.

While waiting, this Qantas 737-800 arrived.  It is painted in a heritage scheme representative of the 1970s and 80s

The usual international flights arrived, first Malaysia Airlines, and then Singapore Airlines both flying Airbus A330s


As the China Southern Airbus was landing, the Antonov was turning on finals behind it.


The Antonov is a very impressive aircraft, originally designed in the 1980s and is still in limited production in the Ukraine.