Friday 10 November 2023

Eagle View, Murry River at Wellington, Along the Coorong, Parnka Point, Martin's Wash Pool, Robe Area, Lake McIntyre at Millicent and Port Macdonnell, South Australia.

Off again, this time to the South East for a Double header Pelagic, or it was for some.
Australia, Day Sixty Four.
Ebird List for Fox Lake.

Australian Pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus) along the Coorong.
Deb and I headed off south East for a few days, two of which were to be spent out at sea looking for Pelagic species, before we left we got a few bits of packing done and whilst doing this we saw Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen), White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera), Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus), Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), Little Raven (Corvus mellori), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) and Small White (Pieris rapae).
Loo Wall decorations at Wellington.

We set off for the Murry Crossing at Wellington, on the way we recorded Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans), Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes), Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus), Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida), Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus), Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) and Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus).
Martin's Wash Pool.
We arrived in Wellington where we used the Loo's, I am always impressed with how clean, stocked and unvandalized the toilets in Australia are but the outside walls of some including this one nicely decorated as well.
Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii).
We went down to the ferry which crosses the Murry, there are several of these ferries and all are free to use 24 hours of the day, as we crossed we saw Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus), Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae), Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos), Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) and Australian Emperor (Anax papuensis).
Australian Crake (Porzana fluminea).
Australian Crake (Porzana fluminea).
Australian Crake (Porzana fluminea).
Once we were over the river we checked an area of shallow scrapes seeing good numbers of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (Calidris acuminata) and smaller numbers of Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus), Pied Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus), Black-tailed Nativehen (Tribonyx ventralis), Great White Egret (Ardea alba), White-faced Heron, Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis), Australian PelicanGrey Teal (Anas gracilis), Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) and Australian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus australis).
Caper White (Belenois aurota).
We continued on South along the edge of the Coorong calling in at Parnka Point, along the edge and at the point we saw more Sharpies, Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae), Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans), New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), Pied and Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus), Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Grey and Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea), Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides), Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens), Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius), Hoary-headed (Poliocephalus poliocephalus) and Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Great White Egret (Ardea alba), Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi), Caper White (Belenois aurota) and Shingleback Lizard (Tiliqua rugosa).
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris).
After we left the point we continued on down to Martin's Wash Pool stopping on the roadside just once finding Monarch (Danaus plexippus) and Greenshank (Tringa nebularia).

The Wash Pools were very quiet and we only added Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis) and Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) before moving on to Fox pool near Robe, from the hide there new species were Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii), Australian Crake (Porzana fluminea), Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis), White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) and Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis).
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) x2 and Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii).
We popped just down the road to the beach and had a walk there but only picked up Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor) for the day list so we drove across to the Pub Lake and found many more Latham's Snipe, 2x Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Australian Crake, Dusky Moorhen, Little Egret, Masked Lapwing, Grey and Chestnut Teal, Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia), Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) and European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis).
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) and Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii).
Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii).
Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii).
We started off south again and after getting a call from Dave and Sue Harper who organizing the Pelagic we decided to call in at Lake Mcintyre which was also there next calling point, we arrived and found them watching Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa), Hardhead (Aythya australis), Musk Duck (Biziura lobata), Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops), Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia), Nankeen Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) all of which were new for the day list. 
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia).

Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia), Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) and Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa).

Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia), Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa), Hardhead (Aythya australis) and Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa).

After spending a while there chatting we all headed for Port Mac and to the accommodation, later we went for a meal in the Victoria Hotel / Pub.

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