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.
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).
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.
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: