Tuesday 3 October 2023

Around Innamincka, South Australia.

A hot windy day along the Creek.
Australia, Day Twenty Six.
Lime Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus).
After a night out of the heat and dust at the Hotel we packed our stuff up as we were moving just around the corner to the Cooper Creek home stay where Ali (I hope that's right) made us very welcome but before we got there we did some birding along the Coopers Creek starting at the Camp Ground / Town Common again where we saw House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides), Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata), Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), Great White Egret (Ardea alba), Black-tailed Nativehen (Tribonyx ventralis), Australian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus australis), White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata) and White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica).
Lime Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus).
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus).
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus).
We headed out of town to check a couple of creeks, at the first we saw 3x Bourke's Parrots (Neophema bourkii), Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris), Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) and big numbers of Masked Woodswallows (Artamus personatus) with the odd White-browed (Artamus superciliosus) and Black-faced mixed in with them and lots of the Red Mulga (Acacia cyperophyllia) tree with it's very nice peeling bark.
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea).
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea).
Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus).
At the second Creek there were again good numbers of Woodswallows as well as Brown Falcon (Falco berigora), Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes), Budgies (Melopsittacus undulatus), White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor), Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula) and Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor).
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica).
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica).
White-necked Herons (Ardea pacifica).
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae).
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae).
We turned around as the wind was getting quite bad but decided to check out the Creek again near to the town but at a different spot to where we had already been, here we again had White-plumed Honeyeater, White-breasted Woodswallow as well as Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae), White-necked and White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Australian (Threskiornis molucca) and Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis), Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Tree Martin, Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae), Black-fronted Dotterel, Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae), Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata), Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus) and 2x Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus).
Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) feeding young.
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) guarding the nest hole.
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops).
At the other end of the Creek near to where we had camped we parked as far as we could drive to and walked further along where we had another 7x White-necked Heron, Nankeen Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus), Great White Egret, Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis), Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa), Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus), Baillon's Crake (Zapornia pusilla), Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius), Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) and just as we were about to head for the accommodation for an early finish due to the heat a flock of what we assumed were going to be Cormorants of some sort flew over but where we checked them we were surprised to find 44 Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus).
Red Mulga (Acacia cyperophyllia).

Back at the room we all chilled for a while before going out to the massive rustic but very nice dining room where we had a very nice meal.

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