Friday, May 24, 2013

Skywatch Friday

Autumn sunrise, Coorong National Park, South Australia

Monday, May 20, 2013

Coorong National Park

Yesterday I spent the day in Coorong National Park looking for the highly endangered Orange-bellied Parrot.   You can read more about this rare bird here. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to find one, but I will try again next winter.

The Coorong is a special place of salt lagoons, sand dunes and mallee, all great habitat for birds and other wildlife.

I saw a wide variety of birds, including Straw-necked Ibis, the ever present Australian Pelican, Purple Swamphen and some distant Red-necked Avocets.

Some birds gave the quickest glimpse, like this Grey Shrike-thrush. This Yellow-rumped Thornbill almost hopped around my feet.  Two Rufous Night-herons spooked from their roost and circled above me for a while.

In the roadside fields and paddocks were Galahs, Cattle Egrets and Cape Barren Geese.