Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Barossa Birding

This morning I made a quick trip to the Barossa Valley to cycle part of the Barossa Trail and also take in some birdwatching at the same time.

First stop was Tanunda water treatment ponds, and as usual the ponds were full of very flighty Pink-eared Ducks.

Along the trail by St Hallets winery there were plenty of common birds, including a male Superb Fairy-wren (in eclipse plumage) and White-plumed Honeyeaters.

After cycling for a few kilometres, I headed back to the car.  Just a few metres from the car I heard an unfamiliar call, and picked out a couple of Crested Shrike-tits high up in a River Red Gum.  After a while, they fed in a lower tree, but frustratingly, never gave any unobstructed views.  

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