Friday 17 November 2023

Belair Conservation Park and Parra Winna Area, South Australia.

Back out monitoring the beautiful Square-tailed Kites with Deb.
Australia, Day Seventy One.

Square-tailed Kites (Lophoictinia isura) female left.
We got off early to head to the first nest site at Belair CP, on the way we picked up Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen), Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), Little Raven (Corvus mellori), Hardhead (Aythya australis), Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata) and Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca). 
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura).
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura).
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura).
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura).
Once we reached the monitoring point we started the records for the two Square-tailed Kites (Lophoictinia isura), unfortunately it looks like this pair are again not going to breed this year, even though the female is still collecting twigs and leaves to line the nest it is likely too late in the season.
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis).
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis).
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa).
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra).
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa).
As with our last visits a third bird, a female, possibly from the successful season in 2021 when two birds were raised, we watched and recorded the activates until around 11.00, other species seen included Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera), Rainbow (Trichoglossus moluccanus) and Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna), Crimson (Platycercus elegans) and Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius), Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), Australian Magpie, Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris), Red Wattlebird, Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus), Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) and Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris).
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans).
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla).
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus).
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus).
During the time there I popped down to a nearby lake for a stretch of the legs and picked up Hardhead, Australian Wood Duck, Grey Teal (Anas gracilis), Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa), Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa), Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), Little Pied (Microcarbo melanoleucos) and Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris), Common Brown (Heteronympha merope) and Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus).
We finished and walked back to the car and then headed off to the second site which is on private land near the Parra Winna CP, on the way we saw
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) and Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis).
Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus).
We arrived at the second site, parked and walked out to the viewing point and watched the nest for the next 4 hours, we could easily see all three youngsters were doing well and the male was bringing in food for them and the female who remained at the nest for our whole visit.
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura) male.
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura) female.
Other birds seen during the period included many of the species seen at Belair but we added
Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Parvipsitta porphyrocephala), Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula), White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus), Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor), White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos), Buff-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza reguloides), White-plumed (Ptilotula penicillata) and Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris), Australian Ibis, Magpie-lark, Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang), Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum), Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida) and Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) as well as Caper (Belenois aurota) and Small White (Pieris rapae) and Common Brown.
Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura).

Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura) Two youngest and Mom.
Square-tailed Kites (Lophoictinia isura)the three kids, youngest to the left and Oldest in the Middle.

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