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Old Sunday 26th January 2020, 11:30   #451
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I got pretty close views of a Little Pied Cormorant on a post while down at the water's edge were both a Silver Gull and Pied Oystercatcher.

Back at the path, where a Willie-Wagtail had shown himself to me on the previous visit, was another (or the same guy maybe LOL).

Then a beautiful Brahminy Kite flew across, allowing me only two pictures before he disappeared behind a tree.
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Once more I have a few days away from the keyboard and you have posted further great snaps and great reports. I reckon we'll run out of superlatives before you finish the reports.
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End of Part Two

Walking back along the path towards the car, Hans spotted an Australian Water Dragon on the other side of the fence. Handsome beastie.

After a couple of false starts, we managed to find our way to Buckley's Hole. There wasn't too much around that day, suppose it was getting a bit hot by now, so I just got a picture of a Pied Stilt.

Now it was time to head for the airport for my flight further south. Wonder what adventures await me there?

I'll do a draft post next for the Inland Queensland list. It'll likely need editing a few times before I'm done
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Species seen
  1. White-winged Chough
  2. Blue-faced Honeyeater
  3. Maned Duck
  4. Laughing Kookaburra
  5. Bar-shouldered Dove
  6. Rainbow Lorikeet
  7. Green Catbird
  8. Peaceful Dove
  9. Galah
  10. Australian Magpie
  11. Noisy Friarbird
  12. Noisy Miner
  13. Lewin's Honeyeater
  14. Regent Bowerbird
  15. Australian Brushturkey
  16. Eastern Golden Whistler
  17. Rufous Fantail
  18. Red-browed Finch
  19. Eastern Spinebill
  20. Silvereye
  21. Yellow-faced Honeyeater
  22. Black Kite
  23. Torresian Crow
  24. Rainbow Bee-eater
  25. Welcome Swallow
  26. Restless Flycatcher
  27. Australian Black Duck
  28. White-necked Heron
  29. White-faced Heron
  30. Great White Egret
  31. Striped Honeyeater
  32. Willie-Wagtail
  33. Fairy Martin
  34. Australian Ringneck
  35. House Sparrow
  36. Magpie-Lark
  37. Whistling Kite
  38. Emu
  39. Yellow-throated Miner
  40. Banded Lapwing
  41. Brolga
  42. Australian Raven
  43. Australian Pipit
  44. White-headed Stilt
  45. Red-kneed Dotterel
  46. Black-fronted Dotterel
  47. White-breasted Woodswallow
  48. Apostlebird
  49. Spotted Bowerbird
  50. White-winged Triller
  51. Little Corella
  52. Brown Treecreeper
  53. ?Hall's Babbler
  54. Australasian Grebe
  55. Black-faced Cuckooshrike
  56. Crested Pigeon
  57. Cockatiel
  58. Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
  59. Mulga Parrot
  60. Blue Bonnet
  61. Yellow-rumped Thornbill
  62. Red-capped Robin
  63. Diamond Dove
  64. White-plumed Honeyeater
  65. Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
  66. Brown Goshawk
  67. Budgerigar
  68. Masked Woodswallow
  69. Jackie Winter
  70. Red-browed Pardalote
  71. Common Bronzewing
  72. Latham's Snipe
  73. Hardhead
  74. Grey Teal
  75. Little Eagle
  76. Little Friarbird
  77. Rufous Whistler
  78. Square-tailed Kite
  79. Crimson Chat
  80. Bourke's Parrot
  81. Masked Lapwing
  82. Rufous Songlark
  83. White-browed Woodswallow
  84. Hooded Robin
  85. Pied Butcherbird
  86. Wedge-tailed Eagle
  87. Nankeen Kestrel
  88. Black-tailed Nativehen
  89. Southern Whiteface
  90. Grey-crowned Babbler
  91. Brown Falcon (dark phase)
  92. King Parrot
  93. Sulphur-crested Parrot
  94. Pied Currawong
  95. Double-barred Finch
  96. Brown Honeyeater
  97. Superb Fairywren
  98. Sacred Kingfisher
  99. Yellow Robin
  100. Wompoo Fruit-Dove
  101. Spangled Drongo
  102. Cattle Egret
  103. Australian Ibis
  104. Magpie-Goose
  105. Eurasian Coot
  106. Australian Swamphen
  107. Little Black Cormorant
  108. Glossy Ibis
  109. Comb-crested Jacana
  110. Dusky Moorhen
  111. Australian Darter
  112. Wandering Whistling Duck
  113. Australian Pelican
  114. Great Crested Tern
  115. Osprey
  116. Silver Gull
  117. Australian Pied Cormorant
  118. Little Pied Cormorant
  119. Pied Oystercatcher
  120. Brahimy Kite
  121. Striated Heron
  122. Bush Stone-Curlew
  123. Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
  124. Satin Bowerbird
  125. Grey Butcherbird
  126. Crimson Rosella
  127. Australian Logrunner
  128. Pale-yellow Robin
  129. Top-knot Pigeon
  130. Grey Shrikethrush
  131. Yellow-throated Scrubwren
  132. White-browed Scrubwren
  133. Paradise Riflebird
  134. Bell Miner Heard
  135. Black-faced Monarch
  136. Shining Bronze Cuckoo
  137. Little Egret
  138. Great Crested Grebe
  139. Forest Bronzewing
  140. Grey Fantail
  141. Brown Dove
  142. White-throated Treecreeper
  143. Mistletoebird
  144. Scarlet Myzomela
  145. Red-winged Parrot
  146. Pale-headed Rosella
  147. Channel-billed Cuckoo Heard
  148. Australasian Koel Heard
  149. Sooty Owl
  150. Brown Gerygone
  151. Brown Thornbill
  152. Wonga Pigeon
  153. Crested Shriketit
  154. Dollarbird
  155. Great Cormorant
  156. Red-rumped Parrot
  157. Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

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Wow, that is a great list!
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Enjoying this; just one correction, the last lizard photo is an agama (dragon) rather than a monitor. Looks similar to Bearded Dragon, but not sure of other options or splits.
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Grrr.... of course it isn't a Monitor... don't know where my brain was last night!!

Think it must be the Australian Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii), which are quite common in the Brisbane area.

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Part 3; South Australia

24 & 25 October, 2019

.... but first finish up the 24th. I used a 'cheapie' company for this flight, Jetstar. Worked out fine. Even paying for extra luggage it was still a lot cheaper than using Quantas, but maybe the seating is a bit more cramped. OK though for short inland flights.

I was met by the smiling faces of Peter and Adrienne and off we set to their house.

After some welcome refreshments and a guided tour of their house, Peter took me for a short walk round the roads near his house. I didn't take my camera with me though, just needed some exercise after some lengthy inactivity.

However, we got to hear an unmistakeable Eurasian Blackbird, both calling and tossing over of leaves in someone's garden and could just make him out in the gathering gloom.

Also seen on this short walk were a Laughing Kookaburra, the local subspecies of Australian Magpie (white-backed, G. t. tyrannica) and a Red Wattlebird.

When we got back to the house, the water engineers were digging up the road. It eventually occurred to me that the only way to get to a loo that evening, would be to take Peter and Adrienne to the pub for a meal, so off we set.... and a very good meal it was too.

Laratinga

The next morning we went to an important nature reserve in Adelaide called Laratinga and I ended up with a spinning head within minutes LOL

The reserve consists of a series of lakes and we had a decent walk around. First we found a Chestnut Teal (I'd not seen one since my early days in Brisbane, I think, about a month before). Then came a Grey Teal, a much closer view than I've had before! What a lovely eye he has.

A movement behind the reeds alerted Peter and he spotted this wee Little Grassbird, I never thought I'd have a hope of seeing one of these secretive guys!!!

Further along, and looking up into the trees, was a new honeyeater for me in New Holland Honeyeater. A Hardhead, showing his white eyes, was next and we had hardly scratched the surface of this reserve, as we'd only been in there 10 minutes!!!
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Round a bend and another newbie - a Hoary-headed Grebe swam across the middle of the lake. What a nice bird this one is, I've not even seen that many pictures of them.

Maned Ducks and Pacific Black Ducks were next to cross my horizons. Then Adrienne spotted a turtle on a dead tree root out in the middle of the water. From research, I think it must be a Common Long-necked Turtle.

Completing this set was Dusky Moorhen.
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That Grebe is an interesting looking bird.
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Agree with Water Dragon, should have thought of it as it’s a lizard that I’ve seen! ��
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Thanks Lisa and WP.

LOL I do find it so easy to get confused, when faced with a whole slew of new species WP.
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Continuing on we found a Swamphen snuggled into the grass by the path, and close by in the reeds a beautiful wee Superb Fairywren; how lovely to know they're here as well!!!

Then a couple of new birds for me Freckled Duck and minutes later up in the trees was a pretty Musk Lorikeet.... he really gave us a great show, letting us see how active and acrobatic they are when feeding.

Back to the water and a Masked Lapwing on an island with some assorted ducks.
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Now I was re-acquainted with the sweet wee White-plumed Honeyeater, which I'd first seen at Bowra. Such a pretty bird this one.

It's was just great to find a fledgling Welcome Swallow sitting in the reeds, waiting for mum to come with some food. Then I got my only picture of a =n Eurasian Blackbird of the trip!!

We'd now got round the other side of this lake and reached a main path and there was a species I'd really hoped to see (don't laugh) Australasian Shoveler. OK this is the female and we didn't see the more showy male, but it's a shoveler. They always make me smile.

After a brief sit in the shade while we discussed which path to now take we set off again and very quickly came to an area of wet mud... and on the far side was a Red-kneed Dotterel, actually showing the red knees too!!
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Looking through your inland Queensland list from a 'tough birds to get' point of view, Bourke's Parrot's the real standout, and Sooty Owl, Red-kneed-Dotterel, and Paradise Riflebird can be tricky too. Shame you couldn't quite nail Hall's Babbler, which would be a lifer for me . Did you mean Southern rather than Eastern Whiteface?

Looks like you're off to a good start in SA, Freckled Duck's not too shabby either :).

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Thanks so much Larry. Indeed I did mean 'Southern' of course, and have made the correction, thanks.

Yeah. that Hall's Babbler is a pain for me. It was one of the main objects Hans was searching for on that drive. Where he'd seen one before he saw what he was sure was a babbler, but I had such poor views of it in deep scrubby shade, I really didn't feel I could add it to my 'seen' list.
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Hi Delia, when you mentioned Freckled Ducks I remembered that we have some nearby, going to see if they're still there.....thanks!
Love your narratives keep them coming, look forward to them and thanks for sharing your long list!!!!
When you put in 'Bush-stone Curlew' did you see one in the wild?..... or was it the Beach-stone Curlew?
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The last picture of a bird that I managed to get was of a Silver Gull.

As I said earlier, my head was spinning with so many species coming at me. It just wasn't possible to get them all, mostly because I was too slow, they dived, or hid behind leaves (you name it LOL but I did see / hear them.

Species there that I didn't photograph were: Australian Reed Warbler, Noisy Miner, Eurasian Coot, Crimson Rosella Adelaide subspecies, Little Corella, Galah, Tree Martin, Australian Spotted Crake, Australasian Grebe, Little Raven, Spotless Crake, European Goldfinch, Grey Shrikethrush, Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Magpie-Lark, Black-fronted Dotterel.

Still not sure I have them all listed though!

I took some pictures of the site, one showing the layout of the wetlands and another a rather attractively done plaque showing some of the birds that use the site also a general view of the first lake we walked round.

A rather pretty clump of flowers was identified for me by Adrienne as an introduced species, Sour Sob (not such an attractive name though LOL)

I also recorded a frog calling on my phone (there were loads of them singing as we walked round), but still don't know how to offload it.
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Old Wednesday 29th January 2020, 14:48   #470
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Hi Delia, when you mentioned Freckled Ducks I remembered that we have some nearby, going to see if they're still there.....thanks!
Love your narratives keep them coming, look forward to them and thanks for sharing your long list!!!!
When you put in 'Bush-stone Curlew' did you see one in the wild?..... or was it the Beach-stone Curlew?
Whichever both gorgeous!!!
Hi Nora. Thanks lass.

Indeed I did see both; Bush Stone-Curlew on Stradbroke Island and on the Gold Coast. With Beach Stone-Curlew, (on the beach ) on both visits to Bribie Island.

..... and I ain't picking a favourite LOL
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Any more pics of the bird in the 3rd pic in post #465 Delia? It's not the easiest angle or lighting, but I don't think it can be Grey Shrikethrush with that yellow bill. Wondering if it might be a Blackbird??
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Mmmmm.... I see what you mean Larry. Trouble is I've not much time to examine this just now as off out for a couple of hours.

Didn't have a BB recorded for the wetlands that day (but that don't mean much!). Probably best to wait for the Aussies to wake up.

One other pic but it doesn't show the bill, just the back of the head. Thinking it's not a shrikethrush now!
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don't think that thing with a yellow bill is a Shrike-Thrush,Delia-just call it a "hoodwink"as we used to call unidentified birds when we were young!

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LOL Hans "Hoodwink" love it. Not heard that term before.

The more I look at this picture, the more it looks like a female blackie, especially the way she's holding her wings. I've now heard from Peter and he tells me he had a BB listed for the wetlands that day and also thinks this picture is a BB, so .... thanks for flagging it up Larry.
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Jones R Hahndorf

Eventually Peter and Adrienne dragged me away from Laratinga and we set out round the Adelaide Hills stopping for a lovely lunch en route.

We drove round by this lake where Peter hoped... and was proved right.... Pink-eared Ducks. Rather distant but no problem for this new camera, even picking up the tiny pink ear spot.

Also on this lake were Hard Head, Maned Duck, Grey Teal, Coot, Black-fronted Dotterel, Magpie-Lark and an Australian Magpie.

The last picture is taken at one of the few places you're able to stop on the very scenic steep hill road back down into town. I think Peter said he does (did?) surveys there.
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