Saturday, 23 July 2022

Eagle View, travelling to Wirrina Cove and off the Coast, South Australia.

Gone Fishing.
Australia, Day Thirty Eight.
Ebird Link for Glossy Ibis Record.
A Leather Jacket species ust before it release.

Today Ian and I were heading down to Wirrina with his boat to spent the day trying to catch some King George whiting (Sillaginodes punctatus), before we left I started the day list with Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Galah's (Eolophus roseicapilla), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus), New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) and Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera).
We set off and headed out across country, on the first stretch which was on tracks we saw Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera), my first Eastern Rosella's (Platycercus eximius), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) and Little Raven (Corvus mellori).
As we headed South we passed through many areas of wet and flooded paddocks where we saw a good many Australian (Threskiornis molucca) and Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) and just a KM or so along Pages Flat road 3 Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) which I was later told buy Deb as a good record for the area, if I was not as familliar with the species I might not have counted them but I have seen many thousand of the back home in Spain.
As we drove we also added Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) and a Monarch (Danaus plexippus) which drifted across the road just as we reached the coast.

We quickly did the prep on the boat and paided the ramp fee and we were off out to sea where we went striaght to a spot Ian had fished at before and almost striaght away we started to catch Red Mullet (Upeneus sundaicus) as well as a good few other stunning looking fish.
We caught a good meals worth of King George Whiting and whilst we did this I saw a single Australian Gannet (Morus serrator), Little Pied (Microcarbo melanoleucos), Little Black (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris), Pied (Phalacrocorax varius) and Black-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscescens), Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) and Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae).

We returned to the Ramp and then headed back North to the farm where we had the Red Mullet for a very nice evening meal and the Whiting were frozen for another day.

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