Thursday, 25 August 2022

Balaklava, Bald Hill Beach, Port Gawla Road and Eagle View, South Australia.

Continuing on South.
Australia, Day Seventy One.

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis).
I was up a bit early so spent a while birding from my room window hoping the rain would stop before we headed out, during this time I picked up Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena), Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes), Feral Pigeon (Columba livia), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) and Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula).
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis).
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo's (Chrysococcyx basalis).
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis).
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis).
Our first stop of the day was going to be at Bald Hill Beach, on the way we picked up Galah's (Eolophus roseicapilla), Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula), Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis), Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) and Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis).
Samphire or Slender-billed Thornbill (Acanthiza iredalei).
Samphire or Slender-billed Thornbill (Acanthiza iredalei).
Samphire or Slender-billed Thornbill (Acanthiza iredalei).
Samphire or Slender-billed Thornbill (Acanthiza iredalei).
We parked at the usual spot at the beach and checked the foreshore first where we had views of White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Great White Egret (Ardea alba), Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia), Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica), Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus), Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii), Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus), Little Pied (Microcarbo melanoleucos), Pied (Phalacrocorax varius) and Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) and Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus).
Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae).

Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens).

Once the Shoreline was checked we went along the track to try and get better views of the Samphire or Slender-billed Thornbill (Acanthiza iredalei) as it was quite a bit less windy this morning but it was a couple of  stunning Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis) that kept us entertained first of all.
Spotted Scrubwren (Sericornis maculatus).
Spotted Scrubwren (Sericornis maculatus).
Spotted Scrubwren (Sericornis maculatus).
A little further on we checked the Samphire scrub and had brilliant views of the Thornbills and also picked up White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons), Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus), Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens) and Grey Teal (Anas gracilis).
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles).
As we left the area on our way to Port Gawla Road we found Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis) and Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) before we were watching Spotted Scrubwren (Sericornis maculatus) in the Mangroves at Gawla Road, a new species for me as it has recently been split from White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) as it is quite distinctive.
Welcome Swallows (Hirundo neoxena).
In this area we also had a single Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea), Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa), Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides), New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) and more Samphire or Slender-billed Thornbills.
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo's (Calyptorhynchus funereus).
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo's (Calyptorhynchus funereus).
We dropped down around Adelaide back to Eagle View, unpacked the vehicle and had a drink, a little later Deb came around and told me that there were lots of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo's (Calyptorhynchus funereus) in the trees just above the house so I went out onto the road but only caught them as they started to fly off to roost in the Pines in the next valley across but a nice end to the day.

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