Sunday, December 8, 2013

At last another post.........

For the first time since I started blogging I have missed a month - in fact two!  I have been struggling with my health for about three months now and so don't get out happy snapping so much.

This is a collection of shots from the few trips I have made. They are mostly from short walks with Kobe around "our" wetlands at Kaurna Park.

Early in spring the wetlands were full, and on calm clear days the reflections were wonderful.

By far the most common breeding bird this year is Red Wattlebird.  The chicks look so funny with no tail, but they soon grow one!

This is a Little Raven - it looks like a young bird to me, but I am not 100% sure.

This spring I added a new bird to the park list - Barbary (or African Collared) Dove.  There is a growing population of escaped aviary birds in Adelaide, but up till now the closest I had seen them was at Greenfields, about 10 kilometres (6 miles) away. I first noticed it on call, obviously a dove, but very different from Spotted Dove.

Waterbirds were loving it - lots of ducks around, especially Pacific Blacks.   As the water level dropped, more wading birds turned up. As usual, Australian Ibis was first, closely followed by Great Egret, Royal Spoonbill and White-faced Heron.

On a quick visit to Belair National Park, the only thing of note was a very confiding Koala, sitting low in a gum tree by Playford Lake.


  1. Hi Tony
    Sorry to hear you have not been to well, hope all is ok now.
    Cracking set of Christmas lights, and the wildlife is looking good.
    Not much posting here either, weather 's been pretty rubbish most days.
    Anyway wishing you and yours a very Merry Xmas and Happy New year 2014, with plenty of new images.

  2. Some nice wildlife shots, Tony. It must have felt to get out and about. I do hope your health is improving. Good to see you back; I know my blogging has been somewhat erratic too. Cheers!