Adelaide: big day birding in summer
February 18, 2013
Report on a day (and a bit) birding around Adelaide, SA, yielding 140 species!
We spent an entire day birding around Adelaide, totalling 115 species, plus a further 24 the next morning. Sites visited included the Mt Lofty Ranges, drier woodlands/mallee around Monarto and Murray Bridge, river Murray and wetlands, and the shores of lake Alexandrina. Providing further confirmation that Adelaide truly is the birding capital of southern Australia, the following morning a good variety of wader and shorebird species were added along the northern coast and adjacent wetlands, resulting in a grand total of 139. Interesting species seen included Bassian Thrush (at Mt Lofty, after an absence of 4 years), Diamond Firetail, Stubble Quail, Owlet Nightjar (all around Monarto), Cape Barren Goose, Golden-headed Cisticola (Lake Alexandrina), and at Laratinga near Mt Barker we added 4 Freckled Duck and no less than 24 Australian Spotted Crakes! We also saw a raft of raptors including Spotted and Swamp Harrier, Wedge-tailed and Little Eagle, Whistling, Black-shouldered and Black Kite and Peregrine Falcon. The following morning we added waders including Greater Sandplover, Red Knot, Black-tailed Godwit and other interesting species such as Elegant Parrot and Slender-billed Thornbill.