Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bald Hill Beach

I have been a lax with my blog posts.  This one should have been done a couple of weeks back.
A birding friend of mine was at Bald Hill Beach, Near Port Wakefield, a few weeks ago, when a Little Curlew flew in. Little Curlew is a pretty rare vagrant in South Australia, and should be somewhere along the north coast of Western Australia or Northern Territory.

The following weekend I headed  up to see if it was there.  Bald Hill Beach is on Department of Defense land, but they allow visitors when the range is not Live.

As I drove in I passed this tank at the main gate.

It was a beautifully calm sunny autumn day and the tide was fully in.

After a while I was joined by some other birders, and we searched along the beach.  No sign, but as the tide turned and we headed back, there it was.  It must have flown in behind us.

After taking a few shots I decided to try digiscoping with my phone.  Not a bad result.

On the way out I spotted a Bearded Dragon sunning itself on a post, and a Western Grey Kangaroo in a paddock.

The road out was full of raptors with either a Brown Falcon or a Nankeen Kestrel on every pole. 

I came home the country way, along unsealed roads, stopping whenever I saw a bird.  These are some of them. White-winged Fairy-wren, Welcome Swallow and Singing Bushlark.

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