Hi All, did the mad thing on Saturday, like going birding in the rain, and
amongst many other birds found a small (8) group of Cape Barren Geese along
the north shore of Lake Alexandrina - nothing strange in that, EXCEPT, one
of them was all white (except for the beak, legs, feet, and eye, which were
normal colours). And there was no doubt it WAS a CB Goose ( just for those
who may be thinking I had feral lunch goose - and incidentally there was a
group of five of these at Tolderol Game reserve, which is unusual in itself).
Of course I'm aware of many other species occasionally throwing the odd
leucistic or albino bird, but has anyone else ever struck a CB Goose like
There are still thousands of Curlew Sandpipers, some with orange leg flags,
and lots of Red-necked Stints at Tolderol, but the Lewins Rail weren't
coming out, and neither were the Spotless Crakes, although we did find a
couple of these at Clayton in the lake at the western end of town.
Following the exodus (north?)of all the southern waterfowl a couple of
months ago, a check this week at St Kilda saltfields and Tolderol showed
there are now a few starting to return. We found that Shelducks, Musk
Ducks, Pacific Blacks, a few Grey and Chestnut Teal, both Hoary-headed and
Aust Grebes, Black Swans and both Spoonbills are now back, and just a very
few Pink-eared ducks and Black-winged Stilts, but no Avocets, Banded
Stilts, Hardheads, or Blue-bills yet.
Boy, was it COLD!!!!
ADELAIDE BIRDING with Tony Russell. South Australia by 4WD
phone : 08 8337 5959 , o/s 61 8 8337 5959
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