Birdline South Australia
Published sightings for the week ending 15 Jan 2012.
|Sun 15 Jan
Sandy Creek Conservation Park
White-backed Swallow (1) interacting with tree martins over sand quarry on western side of southern section of reserve.
|Sat 14 Jan
||Baillon's Crake, Australian Spotted Crake
Freeling Stormwater Ponds
Baillon's Crake (2) Single bird near sunken crate in SW corner and another in the small stand of reeds near the northern outlet pipe. New bird for this site!
Australian Spotted Crake (6) Three seen, three heard, including one which wandered too far from the reeds and got attacked by a gang of six Magpies!
No sign of the Spotless Crakes I found two days ago this time!
|Thu 12 Jan
||Spotless Crake, Australian Spotted Crake
Freeling stormwater run-off ponds
Spotless Crake (2) Great views of a single bird crossing a concrete spillway into a small but thick patch of reeds. After disappearing from view it then called and was answered a couple of times by another bird back in the reeds where the first bird came from! New bird for this site! Couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw it!
Australian Spotted Crake (2) Two birds feeding and calling on dry edge of thick reedbed, same spot I found two a few weeks back.
|Sat 7 Jan
North of Waikerie
Freckled Duck (4) 3-4km north of Waikerie on an overflow of the Murray River. Visible from the main road towards Gluepot.
||Scarlet-chested Parrot, Little Crow etc
Had 3 immature/female Scarlet-chested Parrots on the eastern end of Gluepot. One responded to Crested Bellbird playback from my ipod. In fact I had RIngneck, Mulga Parrot, Common Bronzewing, Striated Pardalote, Variegated Fairy-wren, Hooded Robin, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater all respond to the playback. The one bird I didn't get was the Crested Bellbird which was calling nearby! The bird in question flew within 3 metres of me & I got good photos. I also had a small group of Little Crows with a few Australian Ravens mixed in fly over. Their distinctive uk uk calls & slender appearance (good flight photos) confirmed ID. Other highlights were Striated Grasswrens, Chestnut Quail-thrush, at least 5 Spotted Nightjars along the track the night before, a Tawny Frogmouth and 2 Little Button-quail..
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