Monday 4 December 2023

Port Clinton, Bald Hill Beach, Port Gawler and Eagle View, South Australia.

Some wader watching and my final SA Lifer.
Australia, Day Eighty Eight.
Ebird List for Port Clinton Jetty.
Ebird List for Bald Hill Beach. 

Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes) hiding in Mangrove Tree.
Deb and I were up early and on our way North after a very pleasant evening and good nights sleep, Thanks Sue and Dave.
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes) hiding in Mangrove Tree.
Australian Crake (Porzana fluminea).
On the way up to our first stop we saw Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus), Little Raven (Corvus mellori), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala), Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus), Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis), Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis), Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) and made a stop for some breakfast.
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae).
We continued on around to Port Clinton and to the first of the spots at the Jetty where we checked the area Dave had told us about and as he also said if the Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes) see us first it would fly out to the Mangroves and away and it was but not before I had nice flight views and slightly obscured views in a small Mangrove before it went further in.
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) and Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus).
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis).
In this area we also had Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Australian Crake (Porzana fluminea), Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus), Great Crested (Thalasseus bergii) and Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida), White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), New Holland (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), Spiny-cheeked (Acanthagenys rufogularis) and Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens), Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) and Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans).
Flushed birds at Bald Hill Beach.
We moved a short way down the coast to another spot, on the way we saw a group of birds on the beach which included Australian (Gelochelidon macrotarsa) and Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) and out on the sea both Little Pied (Microcarbo melanoleucos) and Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris), we reached the far end of the beach but the tide was still too high for much to be there so we moved on.
White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons).
We went through Port Wakefield again and after having a spot of lunch we went out to Bald Hill beach but the tide was still a tad too high for there to be many waders and after a 4X4 went along the track next to the beach there wasn't much of anything after all the birds flushed up, before this we recorded Grey Teal (Anas gracilis), Red-capped Plover, Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres), Red Knot (Calidris canutus), Red-necked Stint, Silver and Pacific Gull, Australian Fairy (Sternula nereis), Caspian , Whiskered and Great Crested Tern, Little Pied, Little Black and Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), White-faced Heron, Great White Egret (Ardea alba), Singing Honeyeater, White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons), Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae), Welcome Swallow and Tree Martin.
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata).
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata).
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata).
We made a brief stop off at Port Gawler beach road but we didn't add anything new to the list but did get nice views of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Red-kneed Dotterel.
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus).

Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus).
We returned Eagle View where whilst I was on the Laptop I picked up Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus), Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans), Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus), Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) and Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes).

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