Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gluepot 2012 - Waikerie #1

G’day Readers,
On the way to Waikerie we called in briefly to Ned’s Corner, a 30,000ha Trust For Nature Property on the Murray. We only stopped briefly here, really just to see the ‘mighty Murray’ up close but we did tick a few interesting birds including the Black Kite and Black-tailed Native Hen.

Waikerie is a town on the Murray in SA, 175km north east of Adelaide and 220km west of Mildura. It has a population of around 1700. ‘Waikerie’ is supposedly aboriginal for ‘many wings of things that fly’, perhaps a good omen for a bunch of birdos? Waikerie boasts of more yearly sunshine than the Gold Coast. Our caravan park was on the edge of town with the bird=laden Hart Lagoon between us and the Murray.
Black-backed Magpies and Pied Butcherbirds were two regulars in the grounds of the caravan park.
The perimeter track around the lagoon was only across the road from camp and provided some interesting sightings. I sat quietly for a time near some low scrub and was rewarded with nice views of a Variegated Wren family.
Another ‘different’ and ubiquitous bird for us Gippslanders was the Yellow Rosella.
A little more on sightings around Waikerie shortly.

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