Sunday, September 13, 2009
On Saturday I took Peter and Margaret up into the Adelaide Hills. It was still very windy, but we found a few sheltered spots and saw a few birds. On the way we stopped at a small reserve and amongst other things we found this Noisy Miner nest with three young. We planned to have lunch at Cleland Wildlife Park as they were keen to the Rainbow Lorikeets gathering for their daily feed. They were not disappointed. Cleland is a great place to have a close encounter with lots of native wildlife. We wandered through the various enclosures and aviaries and got close looks at some birds we had seen and others that we didn't have time to look for like Bush Stone-curlew and Yellow-billed Spoonbill. There are also lots of wild birds around the park, and we saw Laughing Kookaburra (surely the iconic bird of Australia) and lots more Superb Fairywrens, this time snapping the male. As we walked around the lake we found a Pacific Black Duck with ducklings and also a confiding Great Egret. From Cleland we made our way the short distance to Belair National Park which is a local hotspot for Koalas. We found the Koala after a short search, and on the way out we also saw our first wild Kangaroos of the weekend before saying our goodbyes as they continue their holiday in Australia.