birding-aus sightings!

To: <>
Subject: birding-aus sightings!
From: "Peter Waanders" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 20:20:38 +1030
Hi all,
You want sightings? You get sightings. Today I went to Stockyard Plains Disposal Basin, in the Riverland area of SA, not far from Waikerie and indeed not that far from Gluepot.
This formerly degraded grazing land has been transformed into a bird paradise with extensive wetlands, regenerated native vegetation, and bird watering throughs. The total area is close to 800 ha. The water comes from a system of bores along the Murray River that intercept saline groundwater and pump it to Stockyard Plains to evaporate. It is therefore nearly as salty as seawater, and (not?) surprisingly seagrass grows quite prolific, even though it's 150 km from the sea as the crow flies.
As the area is closed for the general public it is very undisturbed. For would-be visitors it's worth contacting SA Water in Berri, they hand out keys to genuinely interested people. Among others, I found the following species today:
Stubble Quail
Musk Duck
Hoary-headed Grebe
3,000+ Black Swans
Little Eagle
Whistling Kite
Common Greenshank
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Black-winged Stilt
Banded Stilt
Red-necked Avocet
Black-fronted Dotterel
Mulga Parrot
Red rumped Parrot
Mallee Ringneck
Tawny Frogmouth
Southern Boobook
Rainbow Bee-eater
Sacred Kingfisher
White-winged Fairy-wren (a brilliant male singing)
White-fronted Honeyeater
Crimson Chat (male + female)
Orange Chat (male + female + fledgling)
White-fronted Chat
Crested Bellbird
White-winged Chough
Malleefowl, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Freckled Duck and other interesting species have been recorded here over the past year.
I thought this would be worth mentioning among the heated discussions going on on our mailing list lately.
Peter Waanders
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • birding-aus sightings!, Peter Waanders <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU