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One of our Sunday day's out we decided on Balintore Glen. A little over half way along, we'd stopped to watch a load of Red Kite flying around, when suddenly Ken spotted these two cock Pheasants. The were putting up quite a fight!!
Got a great view of one of them and what it looks like under...
These male Common Pheasant really are so attractive when seen in their proper habitat, aren't they.
This is a regular visitor to the Mause feeders, having a great time picking up what has fallen either by our clumsy hands or the habits of the birds who constantly drop seeds LOL.
The Wedge-tailed Eagle eventually crossed the road in front of us then settled in a tree. I've a funny feeling that Peter may have taken this picture, as he was on the right side of the car and I may have spooked him while getting out.
But he still gave me the best view of an eagle I've ever had!!!
Some miles later, we turned off onto a dirt road to Angorachina. Almost immediately a Wedge-tailed Eagle joined us, flying alongside the car for quite a while.
He really gave me a great photo opportunity, as due to the road surface we had to drive very slowly, partly due to the bumps, but also...
Further along this road we came across Shingle-back Lizard Blue Tongue in the middle of the road, so needed to hasten him safely on his way across.
Wonderful looking lizards, aren't they.
Busy week.... off to SpecSavers and the Chiropractor today!
We eventually came out onto the main road that ran up the other side of the mountains from where we were staying.... rather a rough track all the way, so maybe a long road for a short-cut comes to mind LOL.
Rounding a series of bends we came across a group of Australian Raven, with a couple of...
After another awesome breakfast we headed for a couple of miles back towards Hawker before taking a rather rough road across to Moralana. We didn't see too much bird life initially, but then spotted a large blob sitting high up on a ridge.
Couldn't really have been anything else but a...
Peter came to find me and we went round the back of our cabins to see what happened there. We very quickly discovered White-browed Babblers liked it there too.
And I had a grand old time chasing them around the shadows trying to get a picture of one of them; admittedly there wasn't much...
The next morning, before breakfast, I found a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater in the hedge in front of my cabin. He seemed to be enjoying the first rays of the sun which really was barely over the horizon. It rather played games with my exposure... had to work a bit to correct it LOL
Although Peter and Adrienne look like midgets beside this mighty gum, they are not really small people at all LOL. This is the Cazneaux Tree, an ancient gum, though I've been unable to find out just how old it is.
We went to the town of Blinman and I was surprised to see another Emu there, walking across the road as if he owned the town!!! We went to the hotel for lunch (the Pub in the Scrub) as it's affectionately known. In there was information about the Cazneux Tree... a very old gum tree standing...
We'd just decided that the car wouldn't get through that flood and we'd have to turn round, when a vehicle came through and splashed through it.
However, it was a much bigger vehicle!!!
So back we went and I'm rather glad we did actually, as I wouldn't have seen this Willy Willy moving across...
So,,,, we set off deeper into the Flinders Ranges; this was the ABC Range an area of Quartzite. Suddenly we came across a sign which said "Road Flooded" and we all laughed as there'd been a drought here for a very long time! However, up a brae and down the other side and we were faced with...
Leaving Hucks Lookout to explore deeper into the Flinders Ranges, we very soon came across some Emu... an adult with a young one and this one, slightly separated. He/she looked huge so close to the car.
We had lunch in the cafe, then went on an aborted walk into the woodland at Wilpena, but it really was far to hot to do much, so we started making our way back and decided ice cream would go down well, before heading to the car.... ummm... where is it. Turned round and tried again.... eventually...
.... picture I took that day. A Lifer and I found it myself LOL.
It was his song that I heard and had to do a search of all the trees round the car park before I found this Rufous Whistler high above my head.
Aren't they beautiful birds.
We'd now arrived at the Wilpend camp. There didn't appear to be very much shade for this poor Apostlebird to use.
I know Australia is a hot country so you may be wondering why I keep mentioning it. It was unseasonably hot that year of the bush fires; way up in the mid-high 30's and touching...
.... than our ones LOL
We had not long turned into the road for Wilpena Pound, when I spotted something on a bush.
A quick picture identified it as an Australian Pipit - seemed to be ages since I'd last seen one in the Brisbane area.
This was taken on full zoom and then heavily cropped!