Sunday 12 November 2023

Port Macdonnell, Donavon's, Dry Creek, Donavon's Landing, Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park, French Point, Port Mac, Deep Creek (Snow Gum Plantaion), South Australia.

Birding along the South Eastern Coast as I bottled the second Pelagic.
Australia, Day Sixty Six.

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis).
I got up at the same time as the others but as the weather report said it was going to be similar out to sea as yesterday I decided not to go and instead bird on dry land along the coast.
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis).
I wished the other Luck and then headed off down to Donavon's area where I spent a while at the watch point to the NW of the Village which gives a good view down over the Glenelg River but as hard as I tried I couldn't find any of the Azure Kingfishers (Ceyx azureus) which are seen there.
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae).
Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor).
I did manage to pick up Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata), Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos), Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena), Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa), Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis), Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen), Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea) and Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa).
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa).
I moved just up the road to a spot one of the Guys on yesterdays Pelagic had given us for Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea) in Deep Creek, I parked and walked the track he suggested but didn't have any luck, however I did see Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae), New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa), Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor), Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus), White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus), White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea), Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans), White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis), Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera), Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus), Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus) and Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus).
Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus) male.
Small White (Pieris rapae).
I got back to the car and headed back to Donavon's but went down to the boat ramps to give the Kinfisher another go but there were loads of people coming and going in their boats so it was no surprise I failed again but I did see Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris), Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), Welcome Swallow, Chestnut Teal, Common Starling and Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa).
New Zealand Fur Seal (Arctocephalus forsteri).
My next stop was along the coast at Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park where I parked and bumped into the wife of one of the chaps on the pelagic so we walked down to the small pool at the end of the track from the car park, in  the area we saw White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica), Great White Egret (Ardea alba), Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida), Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides), Black Swan (Cygnus atratus), Pacific Black Duck, Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris), Little Grassbird (Poodytes gramineus), Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla) and Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans).
Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) and Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos).
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus).
We returned to the car park and the lady left and I checked the scrub areas finding Superb Fairywren, White-browed Scrubwren and a calling but not seen Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea).
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus).
I went back to the car and around to the beach parking and then walked the trail there but didn't add anything new but had a second calling Olive Whistler but it again stayed hidden, frustrating. 
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) 1st winter.
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) adult.
Next stop was at French Point but it was quiet wader wise and I only saw Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus), Pied (Haematopus longirostris) and Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus) and well as White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Australian Ibis, Little Pied Cormorant, Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia), Silver GullEurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) and Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens).
Little Pied (Microcarbo melanoleucos), Black-faced (Phalacrocorax fuscescens) and Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius).
I returned to Port Mac where I was going to meet up with the others for a coffee in Periwinkles Cafe, on the way I had Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) and around the Port and Beach European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), Caspian Tern, Red-capped Plover Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus) and on one of the Jetties all three Black and White Cormorants in a row Little Pied, Pied (Phalacrocorax varius) and Black-faced Cormorants (Phalacrocorax fuscescens).
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus).
The braver birders returned, they said it was rough and as it turned out I missed no new lifer species so I enjoyed the coffee and cake even more knowing I made the right choose, later Deb and I returned to the accommodation and then went for something to eat at the Pub and then headed out to the Snow Gum Block in Deep Creek hoping for some Owls after dark.
The boat returns.

Before dark we recorded Western Grey Kangaroo, Swamp (Wallabia bicolor) and Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), Pied (Strepera graculina) and Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor), Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis), Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa), White-throated Treecreeper, Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Caligavis chrysops), Laughing Kookaburra, Forest Raven, Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) and Grey Shrikethrush.
The Snow Gum Block trail.

After dark we drove the tracks and searched and listened for night species but we missed all the targets and only picked up Southern Boobook (Ninox boobook) and Australian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) before we headed back to Port Mac, on the way we saw a Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) perched in a roadside tree.

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