South Australia Bird WatchingAuthor: Carl from Pahrump (More Trip Reviews by Carl from Pahrump)
Date of Trip: February 2007
Eating Quandong Nut jam for Br
Having the fog lift so we could see the Great Australian Bight.
Driving for hours across the Nullarbor Plain and not seeing a tree or car.
If we were planning the trip again, I would:
Consider stay 4 nights at the Poltalloch Station (not 8).
Consider staying 3 nights at Streaky Bay (not 1).
Drive directly from Poltalloch Station to Coffin Bay without spending a night in Port Augusta.
Go to Kangaroo Island for 4 nights to a week.
Drive north of Port Augusta to Coober Pedy before going to Western Australia.
Of the 114 bird species we saw in South Australia, 42 were endemic to Australia. Most of the 72 non-Australian Endemic bird species we saw were new for us.
14 species were never seen again during the 255-day trip around Australia; that is: Australasian Pipit, Shy Heathwren, Blue Bonnet, Southern Scrub-Robin Blue-breasted Fairywren, Mallee Whipbird, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Western Yellow Robin, Gray Currawong, White-browed Babbler, Hooded Plovers, White-winged Chough, Rose Robin, & Yellow-rumpted Pardalote.
On Feb 18 we crossed into South Australia at Noon. Our first stop was at the Piccaninie Ponds. The crystal clear water had attracted a lot of snorkelers today. We spotted a nesting Black Swan.
We stopped in Mt Gambier for lunch at the local casino -- the only place open for lunch today. We had the Fisherman's special with a salad bar and mud cake. The fish was Hake. The mud cake turned out to be an inch of fudge on a half-inch of brownie with a dollop of whipped cream.
In the afternoon we drove past miles of salt flats. The wind reached gale force, so we didn't get out to investigate. We arrived at Poltalloch Station at 7pm.
On Feb 19 we were out for a walk about the farm at 7am. The water level in the lake was down due to the drought, which resulted in fewer water birds around. Still, we saw 38 birds including the Gray-Rufous Fantail Hybrid, Spotted Turtle Doves, and the Yellow-rumped Pardalote.
We went to town around Noon to shop for groceries. We ate lunch at a cafe in town that had the local specialty fish, Coorong Mullet, on the menu. It came with skin and tasted terrible! The French fries save the day. It got hot this afternoon. The UV level ranged from Very High to Extreme. We always wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and a big hat when we are out.
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