Monday 6 November 2023

Mexican Hat, Fowler's Bay, Penong area, Point Sinclair Pink Lake, Yumbarra Conservation Park and Googs Lake Campground, South Australia.

A morning on the coast and an afternoon in the Mallee.
Australia, Day Sixty.

Sunrise over towards Scott Point.
We were up and around early as we wanted to move the swags into the sun to try and dry them off as quickly as possible, Ian went and tried a bit of early morning fishing whilst Deb and I checked out the scrub finding Spotted Scrubwren (Sericornis maculatus), White-fronted (Purnella albifrons) and Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens), a good sized flock of Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Parvipsitta porphyrocephala) and out in the bay Silver (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) and Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus), Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) and along the cliffs several Welcome Swallows (Hirundo neoxena).
Scott Point off in the distance.
Spotted Scrubwren (Sericornis maculatus).
Spotted Scrubwren (Sericornis maculatus).
Spotted Scrubwren (Sericornis maculatus).
The swags dried out, we packed away the kit and then moved on back along Scotts bay and then around the back of the Dunes to Fowler's Bay where we had a coffee and a cake, on the way we picked up a single Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri) and Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) and in Fowler's Bay Silver and Pacific Gull, Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) and Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris).
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri).
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora).
Fowler's Bay Jetty.
We finished our Coffee and headed across country to a spot near Penong adding Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax), Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula) and a Dugite Snake (Pseudonaja affinis) which quickly disappeared unto the vegetation.
Oriental Plovers (Charadrius veredus) through the heat haze.
Oriental Plovers (Charadrius veredus).
We arrived at the spot where we again looked for the Oriental Plovers (Charadrius veredus) and we were pleased to find 34 birds this time but again the heat haze made photo's difficult.
Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus).
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis).
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata).
Greenshank (Tringa nebularia).
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea).
We again moved on and returned to the Point Sinclair Pink Lakes and other pools where we picked up Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Sharp-tailed (Calidris acuminata) and Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus), Silver and Pacific Gull.
Point Bell Beach.
Sanderlings (Calidris alba).
Sanderlings (Calidris alba).
Sanderlings (Calidris alba).
Deb photographing the Sanderlings (Calidris alba).
Out on the near by Point Bell Beach Deb and I got some Photo's of the large number of Sanderlings (Calidris alba) which were doing what they do best and chasing and dodging the waves whilst Ian went and checked a couple of spots further on.
OK, It might be the last Shop for a 1000km but there are a couple of Roadhouses at least.
At the beach we also saw Caspian (Hydroprogne caspia) and Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii), Pied OystercatcherPied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius) and in the dunes Small White (Pieris rapae) and White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons).
The Mallee in Yumbarra Conservation Park.
Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius) male.
Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius) female.
We headed back inland to Penong where we had a good lunch at the General Store before heading along the Highway passed the Pantry and then into Yumbarra Conservation Park, on the way we saw Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius ssp zonarius) Port Lincoln type and along the tracks in the park we added Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius), Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus), Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides), Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen), Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis), Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Dusky (Artamus cyanopterus) and Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus), Copperback Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma clarum), Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris), Sandhill Grasswren (Amytornis striatus oweni), Shy Heathwren (Hylacola cauta), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus), Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps), Crested Dragon (Ctenophorus cristatus), Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii), Central Military Dragon (Ctenophorus isolepis isolepis) and Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus).
Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps).
Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps).
Crested Dragon (Ctenophorus cristatus).

Crested Dragon (Ctenophorus cristatus).

Crested Dragon (Ctenophorus cristatus).

Central Military Dragon (Ctenophorus isolepis isolepis).

After a bit of a drive we arrived at the Googs Lake Camp Ground where we put out the Swags and pretty much crashed after having some food and only added 
Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor) and Australian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) before bed.
Googs Lake, the view from my Swag.


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