Morning all, back to work are we?
Birds SA held it's Easter campout at Mary Seymour Cons Park in the SE near
Bool Lagoon ( 37 10 35s, 140 36 59e). A total of some 50 people attended.
The weather was clear and fine for the most part, bit nippy in the mornings.
The park is a mixture of dry eucalypt, lots of dense melaleuca scrub, some
small grass trees, and a large dry swamp area.
Over the camp period from Thursday 12/4 to Monday 16/4 the following
excellent range of birds were recorded.
Brown Quail - many coveys of 5 - 8 birds
Black-shouldered Kite(1), Whistling Kite(2), Wedge-tailed Eagle(2, a current
nest in the park), Brown Falcon (2), Peregrine Falcon (2 with a nest just
outside the park), Nankeen Kestrel (1), Painted Button-quail(1), Common
Bronzewing (1), Crested Pigeon (1), Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (2),
Galahs, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo ( up to 8 flying over), Rainbow Lorikeet
(4), Purple-crowned Lorikeet ( seemed to be everywhere), Crimson Rosella
many), Eastern Rosella ( up to 6), Red-rumped Parrot ( maybe 6),
Blue-winged Parrot ( several with young), Fan-tailed Cuckoo (1), Horsfield's
Bronze Cuckoo (1), Barking Owl (2), Southern Boobook (1), Owlet Nightjar
(1), Kookaburra ( up to 6), White-throated Treecreeper ( 3), Superb Fairy
Wren ( many family groups), Southern Emu-wren ( many pairs and one small
group - up to 12 birds in one morning by one observer), Spotted Pardalote
(many), Striated Pardalote (many), White-browed Scrubwren ( many, some high
in trees), Brown Thornbill ( many), Yellow-rumped Thornbill ( several
parties), Red Wattlebird ( many), Little Wattlebird ( very numerous),
Yellow-faced H/E ( common), White-plumed H/E ( common), Black-chinned H/E
ca 3), Brown-headed H/E ( common), White-naped H/E ( common), New Holland
H/E ( 100's), Tawny-crowned H/E ( at least 12 at one time), White-fronted
Chat ( ca 12), Jacky winter ( a few), Flame Robin (2), Hooded Robin ( ca 6),
Eastern Yellow Robin ( ca 6), Varied Sitella ( ca 10), Crested Shrike-tit
4). Golden Whistler (5), Grey Shrike-thrush ( common), Restless Flycatcher
( ca 3), Magpie Lark (1), Grey Fantail (very common), Willie Wagtail ( 2),
Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike ( ca 6), Dusky Woodswallow ( ca 10 ), Aust Magpie
( common, all white backs), Grey Currawong ( several pairs), Forest Raven
common ), Little Raven ( a few), Richards Pipit ( ca 6), Red-browed Finch
several parties), Diamond Firetail ( 2 or 3), Beautiful Firetail ( 2),
Mistletoebird ( a few), Welcome Swallow ( many flying around), Tree Martin
a few small groups), Silvereye ( several groups of a dozen or so), Common
Starling ( 2), Blackbird (1).
A very rewarding weekend was had by all.
A sad footnote is that Bool Lagoon and nearby Hacks Lagoon, both once
glorious wetland meccas, have both been caused to dry out to desert status
by excessive draining for farming of the SE areas. There are no waterfowl
there at all, just a few wrens and other bush birds. Not worth a visit
nowadays. There isn't even a resident ranger there any longer. The things we
do in the name of "land management" !!
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