Birding in Loxton, South Australia
On my trip to Loxton last Monday I made time for a little birding along the river front near the caravan park. I only had about a half hour late in the afternoon. Loxton in the Riverland region of South Australia is about three hours by road north east of Adelaide.
The visit was rushed and not very productive as far as birds were concerned. I did manage to get the above photo of an Australian Pelican cruising the shallows near where I parked. Other birds seen in the vicinity include:
- Australian Wood Duck
- Pacific Black Duck
- Little Raven
- Yellow Rosella
- Little Corella
- Little Black Cormorant
- Silver Gull
- Unidentified Tern (possibly Gull-Billed Tern)
- Crested Pigeon
- Rock Dove
- Australian Magpie
- Australian Magpie Lark
- White Plumed Honeyeater
- Red Wattlebird
- Noisy Miner
- House Sparrow
- Common Starling
- Welcome Swallow
- Striated Pardalote
- Wren (heard – possibly a Superb Blue)
This photo shows the low level of water in the Murray River at present. The reeds in the middle right of the photo are normally quite green and in the water. The whole river system needs several years of above average rainfall and snowfalls in the catchment areas to replenish the water to its normal levels.
Not a bad list for a ‘curtailed’ afternoon! I’m particularly jealous of the Yellow Rosella – the only Rosella I’m yet to see!
This is great to see a couple of recent photos of the river where I grew up. Thankyou for taking the time to submit your birding experience. I love that part of the river.
Yes John – the Yellow Rosella is a lovely bird. I’ve only seen it myself a handful of times.
Welcome to my blog Sherilee.
You might want to take a look at my Travel Blog tomorrow (Friday 24th) for another article about Loxton. Look at it here:
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