SA trip report

Subject: SA trip report
From: "Frank Rheindt" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 10:07:18 +0200
Hi all,

Over the Easter holidays, I embarked on a short road trip from Melbourne to
Adelaide to pursue a few SA target species. See below some of the highlights
of this very successful trip and a complete trip list. Thanks to Trevor
Cowie and Colin Rogers of Adelaide for a great afternoon out in the Penrice
Saltfields and for much useful information. (Trevor, I lost the email
address you gave me. Could you please send it to me again?)

Highlights (in order of importance):

-       Western (Mallee) Whipbird: after a 2-day search, finally 1 individual 
well singing on branch for 2min at Cape Gantheaume (Kangaroo Island)
-       Hudsonian Godwit: the single individual ? now in breeding plumage ? 
in Penrice Saltfields, associating with ca. 120 Black-tailed Godwits
-       Rock Parrot: 8-14, with 2 seen well, at carpark in Murray Mouth 
on Hindmarsh Island (Fleurieu Pen.), whence they were reported on
Birding-AUS last week
-       Bush Stone-Curlew: excellent views of 3 (at night) perched on track
against car beams around the ?white kangaroo park? in Bordertown
-       Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (ssp graptogyne): after long and frustrating
searches (2 mornings and an afternoon) finally 7 individuals near Bangham
(SA) quietly feeding on roadside bushes
-       Stubble Quail: one male along roadside near Horsham (VIC)
-       Purple-gaped Honeyeater: common at Cape Gantheaume on Kangaroo Island
-       Southern Scrub-Robin: unexpected and excellent views of 1-2 singing
perched individuals in roadside mallee corridor at Bangham, just a few
meters from feeding graptogyne cockatoos (!)
-       all the subspecies endemic to Kangaroo Island (excepting Brush
Wattlebird); most remarkable among these were 2 pairs of Glossy
Black-Cockatoo at Lathami CP, as well as 2 Shy Heathwrens and two pairs of
Southern Emu-Wren at Cape Gantheaume
-       Mallee Ringneck: 1 pair in mallee patch near Hartley (Fleurieu Pen.)
during unsuccessful search for Elegant Parrot
-       Owlet-Nightjar: great daylight views of 1 perched grey individual in 
same mallee patch
-       White-winged Fairywren and Slender-billed Thornbill (crappy views of the
latter) in saltfields at Penrice and Port Prime
-       crakes: at least 4 different Spotless Crakes at wetland area in Clayton
(Fleurieu Pen.), and 1 Spotted Crake at Penrice
-       Freckled Duck: at least 5 on Lake Wallace (Edenhope)
-       Cape Barren Goose: plenty on Kangaroo Island and Fleurieu Peninsula
-       Black-faced Cormorants, a Gannet, an Eastern Reef Egret and an Arctic 
at ferry crossing to Kangaroo Island
-       good localized SA subspecies, such as White-throated Treecreeper
(grisescens) and Yellow-faced Honeyeater (samueli) at Hindmarsh Falls, and
White-winged Chough (whiteae) near Hartley (all Fleurieu Pen.)
-       shorebirds: plenty of Banded Stilts as well as late individuals of a few
good species at Penrice and Clayton (Fleurieu Pen.), incl. Pectoral, Marsh
and Wood Sandpiper, Gray and Pacific Golden Plover
-       raptor show at Penrice with (?amongst others?) White-bellied Sea-eagle,
Peregrine and best views ever of a hunting Hobby

25 ? 30 March 2005:
Border Area VIC ? SA (B): surroundings of Edenhope incl. Lake Wallace (BE),
Bangham State Forest incl. Pine Hill Soak (BB); Fleurieu Peninsula (F):
Hindmarsh Island (FH), Victor Harbor Sewage Ponds (FV), Hindmarsh Falls
(FF), Clayton ? Milang Road (FC), mallee patch near Hartley (FM); Kangaroo
Island (K): Lathami Conservation Park (KL), Cape Gantheaume Conservation
Park (KG); Adelaide Area (A): Penrice Saltfields (AP), Port Gawler and Port
Prime (AG)
Stubble Quail (1 male, highway roadside, Natimuk, VIC), Emu (1-2 BE), AUS
Pelican, AUS Gannet (1 K ferry), Darter (1 AP), Black-faced Cormorant (K
ferry), Pied + Little Pied + Little Black + Great Cormorant, Great Crested
Grebe (AP), Hoary-headed Grebe (BE), Black Swan, Cape Barren Goose (KG, FC),
AUS Shelduck (BE, FC, AP), Pacific Black Duck, AUS Shoveler (BE, FC), Gray
Teal, Pink-eared Duck (BE), Freckled Duck (min. 5 BE), Musk Duck (AP), AUS
Spotted Crake (1 AP), Spotless Crake (4 FC), Black-tailed Native-hen (FV,
AP), Eurasian Coot, Purple Swamphen, White-faced Heron, Great Egret, Little
Egret (AP), Eastern Reef Egret (1 K ferry), AUS White + Straw-necked Ibis,
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (FC, AP), Royal Spoonbill (AP), Wood Sandpiper (1
FC), Common Greenshank (BE, FC, AP), Marsh Sandpiper (1 AP), Black-tailed
Godwit (ca. 100 AP), Bar-tailed Godwit (1 KG), Hudsonian Godwit (1 AP),
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (BE, AP), Pectoral Sandpiper (AP 2), Red-necked Stint
(BE, AP), Curlew Sandpiper (AP), Bush Stone-Curlew (3 Bordertown), Masked
Lapwing, Gray Plover (AP), Pacific Golden Plover (AP), Red-kneed Dotterel,
Red-capped Plover (AP), Black-fronted Dotterel (BE, FV), Black-winged Stilt,
Banded Stilt (AP), Red-necked Avocet (AP), Arctic Jaeger (1 ad. K ferry),
Silver + Pacific Gull, Whiskered Tern (AP), Caspian Tern (AP, AG), Fairy
Tern (AP), Crested Tern, Black-shouldered Kite (A, F, B), Black Kite (F),
Whistling Kite (A, B), White-bellied Sea-eagle (1 AP), Little Eagle (1 BE),
Wedge-tailed Eagle (B), Brown Goshawk (1 FM), Swamp Harrier (AP 1),
Peregrine (1 AP), AUS Hobby (1 AP), Brown Falcon (B, FC), AUS Kestrel,
Common Bronzewing (KG, B, FM), Crested Pigeon, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
(graptogyne, 7 BB), Glossy Black-Cockatoo (halmaturinus, 2 pairs KL),
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (B, KL), Galah, Long-billed Corella (BE, BB),
Little Corella (F), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet (B, KL, FV),
Purple-crowned Lorikeet (BE, K), Crimson Rosella (elegans B, melanoptera K,
fleurieuensis F, adelaidae AG), Eastern Rosella (B), Mallee Ringneck (FM 2),
Red-rumped Parrot (B), Rock Parrot (FH 8-14), AUS Owlet-Nightjar (1 FM),
Laughing Kookaburra, White-throated Treecreeper (grisescens FF 1), Superb
Fairywren (ashbyi K; leggei B, F), White-winged Fairywren (AG), Southern
Emu-Wren (halmaturinus, 2 pairs KG), Striated Pardalote (substriatus KG,
FM), Spotted Pardalote (xanthopyge FM; in FM this ssp?), White-browed
Scrubwren (mellori AG; rosinae FV; ashbyi KG; frontalis BE), Shy Hylacola
(halmaturina KG 2), Weebill (occidentalis FM), Brown Thornbill (zietzi K,
pusilla F), Yellow Thornbill (FM), Striated Thornbill (clelandi FF, whitei
KG), Slender-billed Thornbill (rosinae AP), Yellow-rumped Thornbill (FM, B),
Red Wattlebird (incl. clelandi K), Brush Wattlebird (BE), Spiny-cheeked
Honeyeater (FM), Noisy Miner, Yellow-faced Honeyeater (samueli, FF), Singing
Honeyeater (FH, A), White-eared Honeyeater (BE, also thomasi in KL),
Purple-gaped Honeyeater (halmaturinus KG), White-plumed Honeyeater,
Brown-headed Honeyeater (magnirostris KG, pallidiceps FM), Crescent
Honeyeater (halmaturina K, FF), New Holland Honeyeater (novaehollandiae B,
F; campbelli K), Eastern Spinebill (halmaturinus K), White-fronted Chat (BE,
AP), Western Whipbird (lashmari KG 1), White-browed Babbler (AG), Scarlet
Robin (1 pair FF), Hooded Robin (1-2 pairs FM), Southern Scrub-Robin (1-2
BB), Jacky Winter (BE, FM), Gray Shrike-Thrush (KG, FM), Golden Whistler
(fuliginosa KG, F), Rufous Whistler (FM), Willie Wagtail, Gray Fantail,
Magpie Lark, Black-faced Cuckooshrike (FV), Dusky Woodswallow (KG), Grey
Butcherbird (halmaturina KG; at BE and BB white wing-patches indicated
versicolor, though melanoptera is supposed to occur), AUS Raven, Little
Raven, White-winged Chough (FM whiteae), Welcome Swallow, Skylark (AP),
Golden-headed Cisticola (BE), Little Grassbird (FV), House Sparrow,
Goldfinch (also K), Red-browed Firetail, Silvereye (incl. halmaturina K),
Common Blackbird, European Starling.

============Frank E. RHEINDT================

University of Melbourne

Museum Victoria - Sciences Department
Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton 3053
Melbourne VIC



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