Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Mount Bald Reservoir, South Australia.

Several more spots around Mount Bald and a couple more early Orchids.
Australia, Day Sixty Two.

Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus) watching me taking photo's of Orchids, wondering what this idiot is doing lying on the ground across his path.
After yesterdays complete wash out due to the wind and heavy rain we headed for another part of the Mount Bald Conservation Park where we did several short walks checking out different types of woodland and scrub.
Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus) waiting for me to shift out of its way.
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans).
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans).
At our first stop we picked up Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans), Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula), Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera), White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea), Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen), Little Raven (Corvus mellori), Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis), Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata), Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) and Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus).
Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans).
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea).
In the second area we found Australian Magpie, Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae), Crimson Rosella, Little Raven, Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans), White-throated Treecreeper and Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus).
Winter Gnat Orchid (Cyrtostylis robusta).
Winter Gnat Orchid (Cyrtostylis robusta).
Winter Gnat Orchid (Cyrtostylis robusta).
Area three held much the same species along with Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus), Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) and Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis).
Blue Fairy Orchid (Pheladenia deformis).
Blue Fairy Orchid (Pheladenia deformis).
Blue Fairy Orchid (Pheladenia deformis).
Blue Fairy Orchid (Pheladenia deformis).
We moved on to the fourth area, this time we added Brown (Acanthiza pusilla) and Buff-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza reguloides), Western Whistler (Pachycephala fuliginosa), Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum), Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (Hylacola pyrrhopygia), Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea), Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor) and Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica).
Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi).
Horse Dung Fungus (Pisolithus arrhizus).
Our last stop was in a burnt area where we found Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) and had a fly over Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), Horse Dung Fungus (Pisolithus arrhizus) and Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi) before I spent some time photographing two new Orchids species, the first I think is Winter Gnat Orchid (Cyrtostylis robusta) and the second I am quite confident is Blue Fairy Orchid (Pheladenia deformis).
Scented Sundew (Drosera whittakeri).

Climbing Sundew (Drosera planchonii).

Running Postman (Kennedia prostrata).

Other plants seen included Running Postman (Kennedia prostrata), Common Heath (Epacris impressa), Climbing (Drosera planchonii), Scented Sundew (Drosera whittakeri) and Leafless Bitter Pea (Daviesia brevifolia) thanks for the ID Deb.
Common Heath (Epacris impressa).
Leafless Bitter Pea (Daviesia brevifolia) thanks Deb. 
Whilst I was lying across a Roo trail a couple actually wanted to use it, they stopped just before they reached me and waited until I had finished before moving on.

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