Monday, March 12, 2012
Birding around Adelaide
I have managed a couple of birding days in the last couple of weeks, but didn't get enough photos for a blog post. So here is an amalgamation of them. A few weeks back, I took another trip to Laratinga Wetlands at Mount Barker to look for Spotless Crake that has been seen here. No luck with the crake, but there were lots of the usual suspects there. Black-fronted Plover, Straw-necked Ibis, and Grey Teal were easy to spot. There were three Yellow-billed Spoonbills here, with one aggressive one chasing the others off it's log. The trees were full of Little Corellas, and at one point they all flew down to the water to drink, and they didn't flinch as this huge Pelican flew low over the water. Another trip was to Morialta Conservation Park. This may steal first spot from Belair as my favourite spot for Koalas. We saw at least six on the short walk, but this one was particularly photogenic. There were many Eucalyptus trees in blossom, so there were plenty of Lorikeets around. This is a Musk Lorikeet, A little further along, this Laughing Kookaburra was feeding on a side track. Wherever I looked there were lots of Monarch butterflies around, but they didn't settle very much. This one was a fair way away so is heavily cropped. Also around were plenty of blackberries, reminding us that autumn is well and truly just around the corner. Finally, a quick stop for lunch at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens yielded this Eastern Spinebill.