Port Lincoln NP
October 1, 2013
The fishing town of Port Lincoln is nicknamed South Australia's seafood capital. Located at the bottom end of the Eyre Peninsula it has beautiful coastal scenery and surrounding mallee. We visited the area varoius times during 2013 and had plenty of outstanding sightings, the clear winner no doubt being multiple views of the secretive Western Whipbird. Other highlights included Fairy Tern, Rock Parrot, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Rufous Treecreeper, Western Yellow Robin, Black-eared Cuckoo, and many more.
On the way to Pt Lincoln we stopped at scenic Arno Bay where we had lunch and checked out the mangrove boardwalk, from where we observed a pod of dolphins. We checked into our accommodation at Port Lincoln and proceeded straight to Lincoln NP for a birding feast of Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Fairy Tern, Hooded Plover, Osprey, Black-faced Cormorants and Western Whipbird heard calling.
The next morning we had an early start to try and nail those Whipbirds. Despite the odd rain shower we heard Western Whipbird singing at three sites in the dense shrubbery, and after some careful, hard work we obtained multiple views of one bird walking around and later flying. High fives all around! In between all this, a Southern Scrubrobin was being equally elusive, but we eventually got great views and photographs of one perched on a branch in a shrub. We then explored the rest of the National Park and were soon looking at Port Lincoln Ringnecks, Blue-breasted Fairy-wren, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and we had multiple views of six Rock Parrots foraging in a grassy clearing. The various secluded beaches produced White-bellied Seaeagle, Sooty & Pied Oystercatcher while a Fan-tailed Cuckoo was struggling with a huge hairy caterpillar in one of the campgrounds. As we left the National Park we observed a flock of Cape Barren Geese. For dinner that evening we feasted on oysters, tuna and wine!