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Monday, 15 September 2014

Around Oz Part 35 - Southern Flinders Ranges, Adelaide

Mt Remarkable National Park, Southern Flinders Ranges
Following our visit to Whyalla (see previous post) we moved on through Port Augusta to Mt Remarkable National Park in the southern Flinders Ranges for a one-night stay in the Mambray Creek camping ground. Again, a very nice camp setting with huge stately eucalypts amid shrub-covered gorges.

River Red Gums - Mambray Creek camping ground, Mt Remarkable National Park
Plenty of Emus about the park; a male with 4 young bluff charged me. We saw our first Crimson (Adelaide) Rosellas, Eastern Spinebills and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters of the trip. Other birds about the camp included Australian Owlet-Nightjar, Pallid Cuckoo andWhite-browed Babbler.

Hut build by shepherd early-1870s, southern Flinders Ranges
We hiked the Sugargum Lookout trail in the morning and were most impressed with a hut built by a shepherd in the early-1870s which is still standing strong.

Anita & Greg
We moved on south to Adelaide to spend a few days with our friend Anita Smyth, who lives in the lovely Adelaide Hills.

Crimson (Adelaide) Rosella
One of the birds seen from Anita's verandah was Crimson (Adelaide) Rosella.

Little Raven
A wander about the forests of the hills in Belair National Park and elsewhere in the area turned up quite a few Musk Lorikeets (including one bird at a nesting hollow), Eastern Rosella and Little Raven.

Musk Lorikeet

Musk Lorikeet
We checked out some of the cultural sites around Adelaide - the interior of the State Library in the city was most impressive and the old precincts around Port Adelaide were interesting. We spent a morning checking out some wetlands and salt marshes north of Adelaide - St Kilda, White Road Wetlands and Greenfields Wetlands. We saw 200+ Black-tailed Native-hen, quite a few Hoary-headed Grebe, a few Little Grassbirds, 1 Red-kneed Dotterel and 2 Wood Sandpipers.

Black-tailed Native-hens - White Road Wetlands
Hoary-headed Grebes - Greenfields Wetlands
Wood Sandpiper - Greenfields Wetlands
Back in the Adelaide Hills at Anita's home, a female koala was nice. 

Koala - Adelaide Hills

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