Sunday 3 December 2023

Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, Whicker Road Wetland, Barker Inlet Wetlands and Parafield Gardens in Adelaide, South Australia.

On our way North to Dave and Sue's and then some birding with them in the Northern Adelaide wetlands.
Australia, Day Eighty Seven.
Ebird List for Whicker Road Wetland.
Ebird List for Barker Inlet Wetlands.
One of the valleys in the Botanical Gardens.
We were all up earlish and after breakfast (a small one after the roast last night) Dave and Sue were off back home and Deb and I got ready to follow on later but via the Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens.
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) and Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus).
Around the farm we saw some of the usual species including Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis), Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus), Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea), Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata), Little Raven (Corvus mellori), Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus), Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) and Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera).
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos).
As we drove out to the Gardens we added Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), Hardhead (Aythya australis) and both Australian (Threskiornis molucca) and Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis).
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus).
We arrived at the Gardens where we were going to try to find the elusive Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata) and they lived up to their reputation and remained elusive for the entire visit unfortunately however we did see Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera), Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris), White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa), Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), Western Whistler (Pachycephala fuliginosa), White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis), Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla), Crescent Honeyeater (Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus), Australian Admiral (Vanessa itea), Common Brown (Heteronympha merope) and Small White (Pieris rapae).
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus).
We left the Gardens and then headed for Sue and Dave's, on the way we stopped for some lunch and then we got to their place and after a chat we were soon on our way through the suburbs and out to Whicker Road Wetland which starts as a channel in an industrial area and the out to form several pools.
Great White Egret (Ardea alba).
Along the Channel we found Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata), Grey (Anas gracilis) and Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea), Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa), Black-tailed Nativehen (Tribonyx ventralis), Australian Crake (Porzana fluminea), Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa), Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus), Pied Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus), Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) and Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena).
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus).
At the far end of the Channel there were a couple of pools which we scanned and found several new species for the day including Black Swan (Cygnus atratus), Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides), Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus), Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus), Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis), Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae), Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola),  Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata), Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida), Little Pied (Microcarbo melanoleucos) and Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris), Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus), Nankeen Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus), White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Great White Egret (Ardea alba), Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia), Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus), Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), Singing (Gavicalis virescens) and White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata) and Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys).
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena).
Our next stop was a few KM away at Barker Inlet Wetlands where we walked both sides of the site seeing most of the species we had already seen including 150+ Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 12x Greenshanks, Wood Sandpiper and added Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus), Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii), Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis) and Spotless Crake (Zapornia tabuensis).
African Collared Dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea).
We started to make our way back to Sue and Dave's but on the way we cut through an area where Dave had seen African Collared Dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea) in the past, as we headed there he explained that it was by no means certain we would get them as the are difficult but two seconds after he finished he said "HO there's One, no Two".
Sue swung us into a very convenient parking spot and Deb and I managed to get some pictures before we reached the house and later we had a few drinks and a very nice Spag bol.

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