Hi everybody, the SAOA had an outing to the Barossa Valley
Whilst meeting in Bethany main street ( 34 22 22s, 138 58
08e) at 0745 and waiting while people arrived the following 16 species were
White-faced Herons, Crested Pigeons, Adelaide Rosellas
showing a fair amount of yellow on the rumps which may have made them
intergrades with Yellows flaveolus, Red-rumped Parrots, White-plumed
Honeyeaters, New Holland H/Es, Grey Shrike-thrush, Magpie Lark, Willie Wagtail,
Aust Magpie, Little Raven, House Sparrow, Zebra Finch, Euro Goldfinch, Welcome
Swallow, Blackbird, Starling.
Pretty exciting eh?
Then we ( all 24 of us) moved on to Kaiser Stuhl
Conservation Park ( 34 35 02s, 139 01 24e), started birding at 0830, and by 1230
and a 6.8km walk later had the following 43 birds listed:
Collared Sparrowhawk, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Nankeen Kestrel,
Common Bronzewing, Galah, Adelaide Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot, Laughing
Kookaburra, White-throated Treecreeper, Brown Treecreeper, Superb Fairy-wren,
Striated Pardalote, Weebill, Buff-rumped, Yellow-rumped, Yellow, and Striated
Thornbills, Red Wattlebird, White-plumed, Yellow-faced, Brown-headed,
White-naped, Crescent, New Holland, and Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, Eastern
Spinebill, Scarlet Robin, White-browed Babbler, Golden and Rufous Whistlers,
Grey Shrike-thrush, Restless Flycatcher, Grey Fantail, Dusky Woodswallow, Aust
Magpie, Grey Currawong, Little Raven, Zebra Finch, Red-browed Finch, a Diamond
Firetail, Mistletoebird, Tree Martin.
A somewhat better haul.
After lunch we moved on to Tanunda Sewage Ponds, very
strong pong today (34 32 22s, 138 56 16e), and
noted the following 18 species:
Blue-billed Duck (2), Aust Wood Duck ( 100's), Pacific
Black Duck (few), Aust Shoveler ( ca 6), Grey Teal ( ca a dozen), Pink-eared
Duck ( probably a 100 or so), Hardhead ( ca 20), Aust and Hoary-headed Grebes (
probable 100 each), White-faced Herons, Coots ( just a few), at least 12
Black-fronted Dotterels, Masked Lapwings, Magpie Larks, 1 Willie Wagtail, Aust
Magpies, Little Ravens, and a Euro Goldfinch.
The weather was nice, cool enough in the morning for
jackets which were all stripped off by lunch time.
Tony, for SAOA.
For O/S and I/S readers the Barossa is about 80km NNE
of Adelaide in South Aust.
Adelaide birding by 4WD
phone: 08 8337