Friday, 19 August 2022

Heading North Towards the Birdsville track.

Off on another adventure into the wilds.
Australia, Day Sixty Five.

Driving North along side the Flinders Ranges.
Deb and I did the feeding as usual and as I walked down to the goats I picked up Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen), Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus), Galah's (Eolophus roseicapilla), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans), Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna), Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), Little Raven (Corvus mellori) and Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes).
Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea).
Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea).
As Ian was much more mobile in his Moon boot and Petra had said she would come down a couple of times Deb and I headed for the North again to try and get a few species and some better weather as the forecast for the hills was not good with lots more rain coming through.
Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea).
Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea).
On the first part of the drive we headed through Hahndorf, on the way we saw Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa), Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata), Australian (Threskiornis molucca) and Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis), Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) and at a Dam along Jone's Road we added Hardhead (Aythya australis), Australasian (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) and Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus), Great (Phalacrocorax carbo) and Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena), Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans) and Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca).
Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea).
Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea).
We continued on again adding Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala), Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), Brown Falcon (Falco berigora), Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus), Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata), European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius), Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius), Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae), Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) and on the outskirts of Jamestown we parked and I had my first views of the brilliant Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea), we stopped by the Football Oval and saw several birds in the Pine trees along the roadside.
Euro / Common Wallaroo (Osphranter robustus) through the heat haze.

After having some lunch in Orroroo we continued on to Leigh Creek through the Flinders Ranges, on the way we saw Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax), Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata), Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus), Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens), Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae), Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) and both Red (Osphranter rufus) and Euro / Common Wallaroo (Osphranter robustus).
We reached Leigh Creek and found some accommodation at the Leigh Creek outback resort where we picked up Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis).

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