Saturday, November 9, 2013

Gluepot 2013 #7



To me, the variety of flora at Gluepot is stunning. Around 300 plant species have been identified so far and continuing vegetation surveys add to this impressive total all the time. The various mallee trees of course dominate the landscape but the understory species of saltbush, spinifex, emu bush, chenopods, senna, daisy bush, hop bush, acacia, etc provide a stunning range of habitat for birds, mammals and reptiles. When you take one of the recommended walks it is not difficult to pass through a large number of vegetation types, each with their particular avian fauna inhabitants.

Mulga Parrot
The ‘Many Coloured Parrot’ is a bit of a favourite with me. I saw my first Mulga Parrot at Gluepot many years ago and after several return trips it is probably the bird I most want to re-acquaint with.
 
Adult male
Although a widespread species in the arid inland areas, mulga populations can apparently fluctuate wildly depending mostly on seasonal conditions.
 
Pair
Like most parrots that prefer a dry seed diet, the Mulga Parrot needs a drinking water supply several times a day. Consequently they are most easily seen at Gluepot from one of the bird hides that are set up in front of a water trough.
 
Juvenile plucking up the courage to join the others on the trough.
Away from the hides, mulgas are not that easy to spot. They feed quietly near ground level early in the morning and the first time you notice them is when you startle them and they dash off to a distant tree with that brilliant blue wing colour flashing in the sunlight. Through the middle of the day they are easily missed as they sit quietly in the canopy.
 
The more subtle but just as beautiful female.
I’m smitten!
Gouldiae

3 comments:

  1. A beautiful description of the vegetation at Gluepot - I really am very keen to revisit. And yes I agree the Mulga parrots are stunning, you just can't help smiling when you see that flash of colour!

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  2. They are a stunning parrot when in the sunlight.

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  3. Thanks for visiting Barbara and Happy Wanderer. I don't think I really did justice to the mulgas with the camera this year. Spent more time admiring them through the bins rather than the view-finder.

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