Birds of the Flinders Ranges

After leaving the south coast and entering new habitats, we saw a new variety of birds.  Of course we saw plenty of the familiar birds that seem to frequent most of the country like galahs, wedge-tailed eagles and willie wagtails and many birds that we have seen earlier in our travels in the arid parts of central Queensland, like yellow throated miners, singing and white-plumed honeyeaters and ringneck parrots.   However as we entered each zone of the Flinders we saw new species altogether.    In the southern parts around Quorn and Warren Gorge I added the scarlet robin, redthroat, white browed babbler, tree martins and grey fronted honey eater.   The babblers, honeyeater and tree martins were regularly seen, but the robin and redthroat were once off sightings.

scarlet robin
Scarlet Robin
Redthroat, nicely camouflaged with the cypress pine and lichens
grey fronted honeyeater
Grey fronted honeyeater
white browed babbler
White browed Babbler
tree martins
Tree martins

Other birds seen before on this trip:  Australian Ringneck Parrot; Yellow throated miner and apostlebirds

I also heard that the Quorn sewerage ponds offered a good birding site.   As always, it was, but only yielded the usual suspects like pink eared duck, hard head, grebes, southern black ducks etc.  All seen on previous sewerage pond visits.

On moving further north into the more arid areas saw three new species of bird appear: the cute southern whiteface, which became a common sighting in low scrub; the weebill, which also became a common sighting – normally in coolibah trees and the varigated fairy wren.   Unfortunately the fairy wrens are loosing their breeding plumage which is making them harder to identify (not to mention far less striking).

southern whiteface
Southern Whiteface
variegated fairy wren
Male Varigated Fairy Wren – loosing his breeding plumage 
variegated fairy wren
Another male – almost grey
variegated fairy wren female
Female variegated fairy wren

Moving further north we started seeing the striking red capped robin.  It is truly tiny, so while very colourful against the grey arid plants, it is still hard to spot.

red capped robin

Peregrine Falcon
 A Peregrine Falcon near the top of Mount Ohlssen-Bagge
white browed treecreeper
White browed tree-creeper – also a first sighting as it is only found in the south central arid areas.

Finally when we moved to the very arid western side of the Flinders Ranges at Edeowie, I spotted four more new species for the trip:

elegant parrot
An Elegant parrot.  This was actually taken in Port Augusta, but I first saw it at Edeowie
chirruping wedgebill
A chirruping wedgebill.   More easily heard than seen.
mulga parrots
A pair of mulga parrots investigating real estate opportunities.
Little Crows
Little Crows.   These are almost impossible to distinguish visually from Australian Ravens, so I had probably seen some before.  However they are not found in the wetter eastern seaboard areas of Australia like the Australian and Little Ravens and are about 15% smaller than the Australian Raven.  The only reliable way to identify them is to wait for them to speak.  This one goes wuk, wuk, wuk as opposed to Australian Raven’s waark waark whaaaah.


2 thoughts on “Birds of the Flinders Ranges

    1. Hi, Yes, I was glad to get the variegated fairy wren in moult and still showing some of its colours. We have recently been seeing a few splendid fairy wrens, but unfortunately the males are looking all drab already. Steve


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