On a recent visit to Newland Head Conservation Park near Victor Harbor in South Australia we stopped in the picnic ground for morning tea. Near the picnic table there was a tap. Someone – probably the park ranger – had constructed a small concrete bowl under the tap. This tap provided a vital water source for the local birds. As I had my cuppa I watched expectantly for any birds to use this drinking spot.
I was not disappointed. After only a few minutes a Crescent Honeyeater came to drink from the water. This species of honeyeater is locally abundant in some parts of its range. It is not normally found in the drier areas like at home in Murray Bridge. It seems reasonably common in the Mt Lofty Ranges in South Australia. It is also found throughout coastal SE Australia, the islands of Bass Strait and throughout Tasmania.
It was a pleasant surprise to see this species, one that I have not had regular sightings of anywhere.
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- Picnic at Newland Head Conservation Park – from my travel blog.
This post was updated in July 2015.