Tuesday 14 November 2023

Port Macdonnell, French Point, Stony Point, Port Mac, French Point, Piccaninnie Ponds CP, Glenelg River at Donovans, Snow Gum Native Forest Reserve and near Port Mac, South Australia.

Back out East along the Coast.
Australia, Day Sixty Eight.
Ebird List for Stony Point.
Ebird List For Piccaninnie Ponds.
Ebird List for Donovans.
Ebird List for Snow Gum Block walk.

French Point near Port Macdonnell.
We were up and out early again, around the accommodation we started the day with Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) and Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) which made me feel like I was back in Spain but then I added Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus), Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen), Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) and Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) to the list just to remind me where I really was.
Curlew Sandpipers (Calidris ferruginea).
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea).
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) with flag DTZ.
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) with two flags and a standard ring.
Our first stop of the day was at French Point where it was again quiet but we did at least manage to find a few waders including Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) one of which was carrying a couple of flags, 3x Curlew Sandpipers (Calidris ferruginea) again one of these birds had a leg flag, Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus), Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus), White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), Little Pied (Microcarbo melanoleucos), Little Black (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) and Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Caspian (Hydroprogne caspia) and Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii), Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea), Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae), Eurasian Skylark and Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens).
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus).
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus).
Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca).
Just a little way along the coast we saw a track which appeared to lead to the beach again so we had a look, this turned out to be a very good idea as we had a brilliant time here and picked up some great species including at least 59 Pacific Golden Plovers (Pluvialis fulva), Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Red-capped Plover, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata), Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres), Masked Lapwing, Whiskered (Chlidonias hybrida), Caspian and Great Crested Tern, Silver and Kelp Gull, Chestnut Teal, Pacific Black (Anas superciliosa) and Musk Duck (Biziura lobata), Little Pied, Little Black and Great Cormorant, Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus), Great White (Ardea alba) and Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), White-faced Heron and Australian Ibis, Superb Fairywren, Australasian Pipit, Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), Singing Honeyeater, White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) and a Striated Fieldwren (Calamanthus fuliginosus) which just sat up on the top of a shrub and showed brilliantly.
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Great White (Ardea alba) and Little Egret (Egretta garzetta).
Pacific Golden Plovers (Pluvialis fulva).
Pacific Golden Plovers (Pluvialis fulva).
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva).
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis).
We returned to the car and then returned to Port Mac where we went into Perriwinkles Cafe for coffee and some breakfast before heading back out to Piccaninnie Ponds CP again, at the pools by the first car park we saw Whiskered Tern, Little Pied and Little Black Cormorants, Australian Pelican, White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica), Great White Egret, Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans), Galah, Superb Fairywren, Little Grassbird (Poodytes gramineus), White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons), White-browed Scrubwren and further down towards the coast we heard a single Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea) and saw Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Grey Fantail, Eurasian Skylark, Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) and on the way out by a small dam in a large we found Masked Lapwing and a pair of Brolga's (Antigone rubicunda) with a youngster.
Stony Point.
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata).
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata).
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata).
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata).
Our next stop was at the Boat Ramps below Donavon's on the Glenelg River where we had stopped several times before hoping for the uncommon in SA Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus), today our persistance paid off when Deb picked the bird up in flight and I got on to it before it disappeared in amongst the River side shacks, Lifer.
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)????????
Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus).
Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus).
Red-necked Stints (Calidris ruficollis).
Whilst there we also saw Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata), Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa), Chestnut Teal, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus), Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa), Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus), Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus), Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus), Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) and European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis).
Striated Fieldwren (Calamanthus fuliginosus).
Striated Fieldwren (Calamanthus fuliginosus).
Striated Fieldwren (Calamanthus fuliginosus).
We continued on to Deep Creek where we checked out a couple of tracks in the Snow Gum Block and drove all the way around the outer track, on the way we had Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae), Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax), White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea), Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera), Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis), Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris), Blue-winged Parrot (Neophema chrysostoma), Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans), Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Caligavis chrysops), White-eared (Nesoptilotis leucotis) and White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus), Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus), Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata), Golden (Pachycephala pectoralis) and Western Whistler (Pachycephala fuliginosa), Pied (Strepera graculina) and Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor), Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) as well as Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus) and Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor).
Brolga's (Antigone rubicunda).
Brolga's (Antigone rubicunda).
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles).
We headed back to Port Mac where we checked the beaches for Waders but drew a blank but we did find a small channel along between a garden and a park where we had 2 Buff-banded Rails (Gallirallus philippensis) before we returned to the house and then went out for food later. 
Inside the Snow Gum Block.

The Southern edge of the Snow Gum Block.

Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis).

Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis).

The Penguins just to the east of Port Mac.

Another piece of Art work next to the Penguins just to the east of Port Mac.

Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis).


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