Wednesday 22 November 2023

Renmark area, South Australia.

A walk around Paringa Paddock Trail with Elizabeth and a visit to her property later.
Australia, Day Seventy Six.

Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis) the first of quite a few.
Deb and I headed into Renmark where we met Deb's friend Elizabeth, before she arrived we started the list with Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos), Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata), Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa), Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae), Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala), Fairy (Petrochelidon ariel) and Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans), Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena), White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus), Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), Great White Egret (Ardea alba), Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) and White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata).
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus).
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis).
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica).
Elizabeth arrived and we went for Coffee before heading to the Paringa Paddock Trail where we went for a walk through the woodlands and around the pools finding good numbers of Striped (Plectorhyncha lanceolata), White-plumed and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis), Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus), Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris), Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae), Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris), Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides), Crimson (Yellow) Rosella (Platycercus elegans ssp flaveolus), Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa), White-necked (Ardea pacifica) and White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) and then at a junction in the track we had the first of several Little Friarbirds  (Philemon citreogularis).
Little Friarbird  (Philemon citreogularis).
Little Friarbird  (Philemon citreogularis).
Little Friarbird  (Philemon citreogularis).
We searched the area for a much rarer Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus) which Deb and Elizabeth were convinced they could hear but we did not get good enough views or photographs to be certain unfortunately.
Eremophila species.
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) male left.
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus).
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus) feeding on the flowers.
We walked up to and along the Murry River and then back to the cars adding Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera), Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus), Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), Little Grassbird (Poodytes gramineus), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus), Australian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus australis), Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus), Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus), Red-backed (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius) and Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus), Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida), Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis), Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans), White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus) and Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis).
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus).

White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus).
Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans) immature.
The strangest thing I saw whilst we were birding in this area was when a Australian Pelican flew over and a Red Wattlebird flew up from the trees and bit the tail feathers of the Pelican and hung there for around 5 seconds before letting go and dropping back into the trees.
A view over to Pike River Conservation Park.
We returned to the cars and then headed for Elizabeth's place and once there we had a nice lunch and then went out for a walk around the lands there which Elizabeth and her husband have been re-vegetating for a few years.
Greater Bluebonnet (Northiella haematogaster).
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus).
As we walked we picked up Shingleback Lizard (Tiliqua rugosa), Chestnut-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus ruficeps), Greater Bluebonnet (Northiella haematogaster), Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius), Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus), Grey Butcherbird, Whistling Kites and a Sacred Kingfisher.
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) immature.
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) immature.
We said  thanks and goodbye to Elizabeth and returned to the woodlands we had been in earlier hoping to find the Noisy Friarbird but again we could not get anything convincing but we did add White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor) and Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum).
Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius x barnardi).
We gave up on the Friarbirds and then headed back to eagle view, on the way we saw Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) and Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis).

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