birding-aus Penrice saltfields today 21/8/99

Subject: birding-aus Penrice saltfields today 21/8/99
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 19:08:02 +0900
G'day all.
A very productive afternoon 5hrs of atlassing today at Penrice Saltfields,
20km north of Adelaide, centred on and within 5km of 34 42 30s, 138 30 00e.
A beautiful clear day, light breeze. Abundance figures are estimates where
quantities were large. Missed the high tides at 9.39 and 20.41
Musk Duck  12
Black Swan  31
Aust Shelduck 50+
Aust Wood Duck 2
Pacific Black Duck 12
Aust Shoveler 15
Grey Teal 100+
Chestnut Teal  7
Australasian Grebe  30+
Great-crested Grebe 1
Lt Pied Cormorant 50+
Pied Cormorant ca 30
Lt Black Cormorant 200+
Great Cormorant 23
Aust Pelican  17
White-faced Heron 27
Little Egret  19
Great Egret 4
Aust White Ibis  13
Royal Spoonbill  5
Yellow-billed Spoonbill 9
Black-shouldered Kite 2
Nankeen Kestrel 1
Swamp Harrier 2
Aust Spotted Crake 1
Black-tailed Native Hen 5
Coot 150+
Bar-tailed Godwit 9
Eastern Curlew 11
Common Sandpiper 1
Red-necked Stint 1000's
Curlew Sandpiper 2
Black-winged Stilt 500+
Banded Stilt 30+
Red-necked Avocet ca 50
Red-capped Plover 100's
Red-kneed Dotterel 2
Masked Lapwing 15
Silver Gull  100's
Caspian Tern  7
Crested Tern 21
Spotted Turtle-Dove 17
Common Bronzewing 3
Crested Pigeon ca 40
Galah 1
Sacred Kingfisher 1
Superb Fairy-wren ca 12
White-winged 4 males + browns and females ca 10
White-browed Scrubwren 2
Yellow-rumped Thornbill ca 8
Striated Thornbill 5
Red Wattlebird 7
Singing Honeyeater ca 30
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater 3
White-fronted Chat 50+
Grey Shrike-thrush 2
Willie Wagtail 50+
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike 1
Grey Butcherbird 1
Aust Magpie 5
Little Raven 20+
Skylark 2
Richard's Pipit 6
House Sparrow ca 50
Red-browed Finch 6
Welcome Swallow ca50
Little Grassbird 3
Silvereye ca 10
Common Blackbird  3
Common Starling 100's

A few surprise overwintering ABSENTEES were Sharp-tailed S/piper, Wood
S/piper, Greenshank, Ruddy Turnstone, of which there are often a few at
this time, and the one Whimbrel, which is usually with the Eastern Curlews,
didn't show. Otherwise not a bad haul of 70 species. Can't wait till
October when the the waders return. Anyone for a visit Oct - March?

Happy birding. Tony (mp)

Tony Russell,
Adelaide, South Australia
Phone no. deleted, too many rude calls.

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