Wednesday 15 November 2023

Port Macdonnell, French Point, Stoney Point, Blue Lake in Mt Gambia, Telford Scrub CP, Penola CP and Eagle View, South Australia.

Traveling back North, birding on the way.
Australia, Day Sixty Nine.
Ebird List for Telford Scrub.

Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva).
As usual we were up and out quite early and soon down at French Point looking for waders, on the way we picked up Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena), Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) and Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus). 
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva).
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva).
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva).
Just along the coast French point was even quieter than last time but we did find Silver and Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus), Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii), Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus), Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos), Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea), Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens), Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus), Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis) and Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae).
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae).
Our next stop was just along the road at Stony Point which was much more interesting with good numbers of Pacific Golden (Pluvialis fulva) and Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus), Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Sharp-tailed (Calidris acuminata) and Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris), Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), Caspian (Hydroprogne caspia), Whiskered (Chlidonias hybrida) and Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii), Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Little (Egretta garzetta) and Great White Egret (Ardea alba), Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus), White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis), Striated Fieldwren (Calamanthus fuliginosus) and Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa).
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres).
We started to make our way back north towards the farm, on the way we called in at the Blue Lake, a nice spot where we saw and heard  European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) and Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus) before moving on towards Telford Scrub CP, on the way there we added Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea), Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) and Brown Falcon (Falco berigora).
The Blue Lake which was still quite Blue even on a dull day.
Blue Lake.
We parked and went for a walk around one of the trails at Telford Scrub / Dismal Swamp (great name), by the entrance we had Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Red-browed Firetail (Neochmia temporalis) and White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea), as we continued in we picked up Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis), Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula), Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa), Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis), Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla), White-browed Scrubwren, Superb Fairywren, White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus), Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris), Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) and then the first of two surprises when a Painted Buttonquail (Turnix varius) stepped out onto the track from the Bracken and stayed there for a few seconds before flying, we had a second bird later which flushed straight away from cover.
Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor).
Still needs a name.
The second even bigger surprise was when a raptor flew in under canopy height and snatched a dead branch from a nearby tree, immediately we recognized the bird as a Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura) which was doing the same thing we have been watching the female bird at Belair do for several visits.
European Honey Bees (Apis mellifera).
Other species included Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor), Small White (Pieris rapae), Common Brown (Heteronympha merope), a dragonfly which still needs a name and nest boxes full of European Honey Bees (Apis mellifera).
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa).
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa).
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris).
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis).
We again moved on North and made a stop at Penola CP where we were looking for but dipped on White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis), we did however see Yellow-faced (Caligavis chrysops) and New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), 2 more Painted ButtonquailBlack-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae), Golden (Pachycephala pectoralis) and Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris), Spotted (Pardalotus punctatus) and Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus), Australian Magpie, Red-browed Firetail (Neochmia temporalis) and down in the swamp area 9x White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica) and a Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax).
Also seen were 
Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) female.
Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) female.
Western Grey Kangaroo
(Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus), Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) and Australian Emperor (Anax papuensis).
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax).

Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax).

As we went on further North we picked up Whistling (Haliastur sphenurus) and Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) before we reached the farm.

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