SA Highlights tour 2014

November 9, 2014

The 2014 ‘SA Highlights tour’ started in and returned to Adelaide (SA). We experienced near-perfect weather conditions, with abundant sunshine but no heat. The first day started off well with an abundance of waterbirds at Greenfields wetlands, including Glossy Ibis and Baillon’s Crake. Further along the road north, we had no trouble locating a pair of Slender-billed Thornbills, while around Port Augusta, the Banded Stilts were present as usual. The Arid Lands Botanical Gardens produced an abundance of honeyeaters including the sought-after Black Honeyeater, and on our way to Lyndhurst we managed to tick off Chirruping Wedgebill.  The next day was spent in the outback countryside around Lyndhurst, where we located Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Gibberbird, Rufous Fieldwren, White-backed Swallow and other good species. Flocks of Budgerigars and Cockatiels amused us with their acrobatic flight movements at a waterhole. The next day was spent in the beautiful Flinders Ranges where Short-tailed Grasswren performed on cue and Elegant Parrot, Grey-fronted Honeyeater and Redthroat were also located without much difficulty. The beautiful yet rare Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby provided photographic views. A day at Birdlife Australia’s Gluepot Reserve was the highlight of the trip, with Striated Grasswren, Black-eared Miner, flocks of woodswallows, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Mulga Parrots, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos all putting in an appearance. But by far the most memorable moment of any of our tours ever was when we witnessed the last Scarlet-chested Parrot young fledging from its nest hollow, lured out by its parents! On the last day, we followed the Murray river back to Adelaide, with views of Freckled Duck, Diamond Firetail and Australian Spotted Crake. A grand total of 182 bird species were recorded.


The 2014 ‘SA Highlights tour’ started in and returned to Adelaide (SA). We experienced near-perfect weather conditions, with abundant sunshine but no heat. The first day started off well with an abundance of waterbirds at Greenfields wetlands, including Glossy Ibis and Baillon’s Crake. Further along the road north, we had no trouble locating a pair of Slender-billed Thornbills, while around Port Augusta, the Banded Stilts were present as usual. The Arid Lands Botanical Gardens produced an abundance of honeyeaters including the sought-after Black Honeyeater, and on our way to Lyndhurst we managed to tick off Chirruping Wedgebill.  The next day was spent in the outback countryside around Lyndhurst, where we located Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Gibberbird, Rufous Fieldwren, White-backed Swallow and other good species. Flocks of Budgerigars and Cockatiels amused us with their acrobatic flight movements at a waterhole. The next day was spent in the beautiful Flinders Ranges where Short-tailed Grasswren performed on cue and Elegant Parrot, Grey-fronted Honeyeater and Redthroat were also located without much difficulty. The beautiful yet rare Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby provided photographic views. A day at Birdlife Australia’s Gluepot Reserve was the highlight of the trip, with Striated Grasswren, Black-eared Miner, flocks of woodswallows, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Mulga Parrots, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos all putting in an appearance. But by far the most memorable moment of any of our tours ever was when we witnessed the last Scarlet-chested Parrot young fledging from its nest hollow, lured out by its parents! On the last day, we followed the Murray river back to Adelaide, with views of Freckled Duck, Diamond Firetail and Australian Spotted Crake. A grand total of 182 bird species were recorded.

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