Monday, February 15, 2021

Birdwatching in Robe

 Last weekend we had a short break in Robe.   I took the opportunity to do a little birdwatching.

On Saturday morning i took a short walk through the dunes looking for a Rufous Bristlebird which had been seen here the previous day.  No luck, but as I walked down to West Beach I spotted a small plover feeding on the shoreline.  It was a Hooded Plover, a critically endangered rare breeding bird in SA.  It was unconcerned when I perched on a rock nearby and slowly came closer to give me some of the best photo's I've taken of this species.

I made a couple of trips to Fox Lake which has a very well designed hide.   Fox Lake is well known as a great spot to see the cryptically camouflaged Latham's Snipe. I scanned the mud flats and quickly picked out Red-kneed Dotterel and Black-fronted Dotterel. Both very common shorebirds in SA.  

Scanning again,  I picked out a Latham's Snipe partially hidden in the vegetation, then another, and another until i counted eight birds.  Unfortunately they are not as easy to photograph as a plover on the beach!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Road Trip - Silo art

We took a mini road trip today to look at some of the silo art north of Adelaide

First stop was Farrell Flat, east of Clare in the Mid-north. Completed in November 2020 it depicts the last train to pass through Farrell Flat before the railway line was closed

Our other stop was at Wirrabarra in the Southern Flinders Ranges. Completed in October 2018, this mural depicts the township's involvement with the forestry industry as well as some of the local birdlife, the striking Red-capped Robin.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Waikerie Silo Art

 It's been a while since my last post.   We haven't been out so much with this pandemic.  On Sunday we took a mini road trip to to Waikerie in the Riverland around 200 Km (120 Miles) North East of Adelaide

A few Km off the main road was this small, very plain Lutheran Church at Stonefield

On the way back to the main road we saw two Shinglebacks.  After I took my photo's I ushered them off the road into the safety of the grass verge

We went to Waikerie to view the silo art there.  It depicts some of the wildlife that abounds in the River Murray and surrounds, Including Regent Parrott, Pelicans and a Yabby


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Mount Gambier

Last weekend we headed down to Mount Gambier for the weekend.  On the way we stopped at Coonalpyn to see the grain silos which had been painted by a local artist."Silo Art" is growing in Australia and is seen as another way to attract visitors to small country towns.  This one depicts children that used to live in Coonalpyn

A little further on we stopped to see some tree carvings near Penola.  The carvings depict Mary MacKillop and her contemporaries.

Mount Gambier is famous for it's Blue Lake, a lake in an extinct volcanic crater

We also took a trip across the border to Portland in Victoria.  Portland was packed as there was a big fishing competition there.  We headed out to a couple of nearby beaches and found a couple of critically endangered Hooded Plovers.  This one has been flagged CV

Back in SA we headed to Carpenter Rocks where some of the crayfish fishing fleet were moored up.

Finally, on the way home, we called in to Millicent, where this statue honours those who died and fought in the Black Friday bush-fires. 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Antonov 124 at Adelaide Airport

Santa delivered an early Christmas present to the Adelaide Planespotters when an Antonov 124 arrived from Nadi, Fiji this morning.

After landing, it parked by the control tower, where close views were obtained from the long term car park.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Adelaide Airport - Finals

Today was a day of finals for Adelaide Airport.

Firstly we had the final scheduled visit of a Qantas Boeing 747 before they are retired from service next year.  VH-OEH, "Hervey Bay" was here to take around 360 passengers on a sightseeing trip over Antarctica.  She will be retired next year after 17 years of service with Qantas.  Here she is lining up for take-off on Runway 05 this morning

The other finals came this afternoon when the last 3 PC-21's arrived on delivery to the RAAF.  After a week long flight from Switzerland, they will be handed over to the RAAF tomorrow at East Sale in Victoria.  The RAAF will then have it's full complement of 49 PC-21's used for pilot training, the RAAF aerobatic display team "The Roulettes" and for Forward Air Control.  They are delivered flying under Swiss civil registrations and wearing the Swiss flag as military aircraft would not be allowed to fly across many countries airspace.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

RAAF Edinburgh Aiirshow 2019 - Static display

I went to the airshow early on Saturday so I could get some photos of the aircraft on static display without too many people in them.

Right by the entrance was a Royal Air Force A300M Atlas

Another European visitor was this Leonardo AW-109 helicopter

Some brand new RAAF aircraft inclded the Pilatus PC-21 and the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II

Amongst the historical aircraft were the CA-18 Mustang and the Gloster Meteor

The first Aussie designed and built fighter the CA-13 Boomerang and the Supermarine Spitfire

and lastly the venerable DHC-4 Caribou which served the RAAF for over 45 years.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

RAAF Edinburgh Airshow 2019 - Afternoon Flying Display

The afternoon flying display opened with the RAAF precision aerobatic team the Roulettes. They were performing their first full display using their brand new Pilatus PC-21 aircraft.  They start by flying in from behind the crowd before pulling up into a loop. 

Soon after, the "synchro pair" split away from the main group, leaving a four ship group to do some more aerobatics and the "synchro pair" to show off the handling of their new plane.

Finally they all join together again for the farewell burst

Next up was the RAAF's newest addition, the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II. This is the ultimate boy's toy, and the pilot really showed off!

Until the full complement of F-35's is received, the RAAF's main fighter is still the F-18 Hornet. 

The Hornet's display included a simulated air-to-air refuelling demonstration, formating on an Airbus MRTT KC-30 tanker

These were followed by two versions of the Boeing 737 airliner, firstly the E-7A Wedgetail with it's massive radar, and then the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, which are based here at Edinburgh.

Finally we were treated to a display of the RAAF's tactical and strategic airlift capability with the Alenia C-27 Spartan and Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

Some of the aircraft on static display will follow in the next post.