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Adelaide to Darwin and back.

April, 2015 - SA

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Fogg Dam


With the autumn being cooler than expected and the weather forecast showing sever wet weather approaching, we decided to get the caravan out and take on the "Track" from Adelaide to Darwin. This 3000 kilometre trip saw us first stopping at Port Augusta at the tip of the Spencer Gulf. Two nights stay to rest and stock up on provisions before heading to the outback country road.

We had decided that we would limit our daily travel to between 200-300 kilometres per day; this had us arriving at a new stopover around 11am. After setting up the caravan I took advantage of the surrounding scrub land and off I went with camera and water for a few hours. I managed to score new birds each day which was pleasing for me.

On arrival to Alice Springs we took a three night stay and whilst in the Alice, soon got chatting to one of the keepers at the Alice Springs Desert Park. If your ever in Alice this is definitely a must place to   visit. At this point I must make mention that I could not resist taking a few bird shots of birds within the open aviaries that are scattered around the park. I got talking to a ranger there who told me that most of the birds within the Desert Park could be seen out in the bushlands and creeks on the road heading to Glen Helen Gorge. On the third day in Alice I made a point of doing the drive and seeking out the birds that roam the arid lands of central Australia. I had many new birds from this outing.

Mataranka another of our stops was also very good for my personal increase in my spotted bird numbers. I must have spent two hours watch the Shinning Flycatcher’s going about their routine in the Elsey National Park and the warm natural Bitter thermal springs.

On to Darwin, and plenty of time to visit the birding spots around the Darwin. Botanical Gardens, East Point, Fogg Dam and Knuckey’s Lagoon all had great results of new birds. I also thought I would visit Harrison Dam Conservation Park which was just down the road from Fogg Dam. Big mistake, as I soon found that the Buster Mobile Patrol began to lose traction in the deceivingly firm mud. I was stuck up to the axles and almost started to panic when I let the tyres down and put the Nissan in to 4 wheel drive. Lucky me I was out of the mud and headed back to firmer ground.

On the return trip back to Adelaide we tried and stayed at different locations with the exception of Alice Springs for another three nights stay.

 

A great Holiday and great bird shots most of the time.  

Associated Photos

Hooded ParrotHooded Parrot
Black-necked StorkBlack-necked Stork
Black-necked StorkBlack-necked Stork
Black-necked StorkBlack-necked Stork
Brahminy KiteBrahminy Kite
Shining Flycatcher (f) Shining Flycatcher (f)
Shining Flycatcher (m)Shining Flycatcher (m)
Shining Flycatcher (m)Shining Flycatcher (m)
Australian BustardAustralian Bustard
Australian BustardAustralian Bustard
Australian GrebeAustralian Grebe
Australian Ringneck (Port Lincoln Parrot)Australian Ringneck (Port
Australian Ringneck (Port Lincoln Parrot) Australian Ringneck (Port
Barking OwlBarking Owl
Barking OwlBarking Owl
BarnowlBarnowl
Beach Stone-curlew Beach Stone-curlew
Bee-flyBee-fly
Black FalconBlack Falcon
Black KiteBlack Kite
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikeBlack-faced Cuckoo-shrike
BrolgaBrolga
BrolgaBrolga
Zebra FinchZebra Finch
Zebra FinchZebra Finch
White-throated HoneyeaterWhite-throated Honeyeater
Spinifex PigeonSpinifex Pigeon
Spinifex PigeonSpinifex Pigeon
Red-winged ParrotRed-winged Parrot
Princess (Alexandra's) ParrotPrincess (Alexandra's) Pa
Princess (Alexandra's) ParrotPrincess (Alexandra's) Pa
Pied HoneyeaterPied Honeyeater
Pied HeronPied Heron
Pied HeronPied Heron
Red-collared LorikeetRed-collared Lorikeet
Red-collared Lorikeet Red-collared Lorikeet
Pied (Torresian) Imperial-PigeonPied (Torresian) Imperial
Painted Finch FiretailPainted Finch Firetail
Painted Finch FiretailPainted Finch Firetail
Painted Finch FiretailPainted Finch Firetail
Whiskered TernWhiskered Tern
Great Bowerbird 1Great Bowerbird 1
Great BowerbirdGreat Bowerbird
Scarlet PercherScarlet Percher
Hooded ParrotHooded Parrot
Hooded ParrotHooded Parrot
St Andrew's Cross Spider (Female)St Andrew's Cross Spider
Banded LapwingBanded Lapwing
Cinnamon Quail-thrushCinnamon Quail-thrush
Comb-crested JacanaComb-crested Jacana
Comb-crested JacanaComb-crested Jacana
Cinnamon Quail-thrushCinnamon Quail-thrush
Cinnamon Quail-thrushCinnamon Quail-thrush
Chirruping WedgebillChirruping Wedgebill
Chirruping WedgebillChirruping Wedgebill
CicadabirdCicadabird
CicadabirdCicadabird
Grey-crowned BabblerGrey-crowned Babbler
Hooded RobinHooded Robin
Indian PeafowlIndian Peafowl
Indian PeafowlIndian Peafowl
Lemon-bellied FlycatcherLemon-bellied Flycatcher
Lemon-bellied FlycatcherLemon-bellied Flycatcher
Little CorellaLittle Corella
Little FriarbirdLittle Friarbird
Little FriarbirdLittle Friarbird
Inland DotterelInland Dotterel
Inland DotterelInland Dotterel
Rufous WhistlerRufous Whistler
Rufous WhistlerRufous Whistler
Square-tailed KiteSquare-tailed Kite
Stimson Python 1Stimson Python 1
Straw-necked IbisStraw-necked Ibis
White-gaped HoneyeaterWhite-gaped Honeyeater
Whistling KiteWhistling Kite
OspreyOsprey
Black Kite with killBlack Kite with kill
BudgerigarBudgerigar
Little CorellaLittle Corella
Hooded RobinHooded Robin
Masked WoodswallowMasked Woodswallow
Lemon-bellied FlycatcherLemon-bellied Flycatcher
Orange ChatOrange Chat