Monday 27 November 2023

Eagle View, Lake Alexandrina, Milang, Tolderol and near Milang, South Australia.

Around the farm and further South.
Australia, Day Eighty One.
Ebird List for the Pools along Lake Alexandrina.
Ebird List for Tolderol.

Looking brighter down towards Lake Alexandrena where we were going today.
I was awake early and working on some photos by 06:00 to the sound of the local Australian Magpies (Gymnorhina tibicen) calling from the Eucalyptus trees on the boundary line as well as Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus), Little Raven (Corvus mellori) and whilst we were getting ready to go we had several Elegant Parrots (Neophema elegans) fly over.
Some of the 40 or so Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus).
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus).
On the way down to our first stop we dropped the dogs off at Deb's Mom's and then took the Old Bull Creek Road to Strathalbyn, on the way we picked up Australian Magpies, Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans), Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea), Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna), Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus), Little Raven, Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis), White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes), Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris), Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus), Western Whistler (Pachycephala fuliginosa), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), Common Brown (Heteronympha merope), Rabbit (Conejo / Oryctolagus cuniculus) and Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus).
Australian Pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus).
We went through Strath and then onto Finniss where we had so lunch in the Cafe before heading to Milang and then along the coast of Lake Alexandrina checking the pools along the way where there were good numbers of birds including Great White Egret (Ardea alba), White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica), Black-tailed Nativehen (Tribonyx ventralis), Black Swan (Cygnus atratus), Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides), Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa), Grey (Anas gracilis) and Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea), Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus), Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus), Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus), Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa), Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus), Pied Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata), Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), Caspian (Hydroprogne caspia), Whiskered (Chlidonias hybrida) and Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii), Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae), Little Pied (Microcarbo melanoleucos), Great (Phalacrocorax carbo) and Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris), Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes), Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans), Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus), Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa), White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis), Little Grassbird (Poodytes gramineus), Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena), Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) and most surprisingly a flock of 41 Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus).
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris).
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris).
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris).
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris).
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris).
Shingleback Lizard (Tiliqua rugosa).
Our next stop was at Tolderol Wetlands where we drove most of the tracks but it was generally quiet, however we did find several more species for the day list Brown Falcon (Falco berigora), Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans), Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens), White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons), Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Australian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus australis), Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae), European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris) and Shingleback Lizard (Tiliqua rugosa).
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) immature.
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) immature.
Noisy Miners (Manorina melanocephala) Adult on right.
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) female.
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) immature.
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) male.
From Tolderol we headed back to Milang where we went to the Bakery and sat out side at a bench near the wetlands along the railway line and we were soon joined by some of the local Noisy Miners (Manorina melanocephala) and Australian Magpies.
Australasian Swamphens (Porphyrio melanotus) in a large Lignum Bush.
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes).
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus), Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata), Pied Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) and Greenshank (Tringa nebularia).
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata), White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes), Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus), Pied Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) and Greenshank (Tringa nebularia).
After we finished the coffee we headed towards Clayton Bay checking the pools on the way where we saw many of the species seen earlier but we added Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia), Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) and Cape Barren Geese (Cereopsis novaehollandiae).
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata), White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes), Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus) and Pied Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus).
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata).
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) and Pied Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus).
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata).

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