Juvenile Rainbow Bee-eaters, Aroona Sanctuary, Northern Flinders Ranges.
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus) foraging in Aroona Sanctuary, Northern Flinders Ranges.Continue reading “White-browed Babbler: Aroona Sanctuary”
The Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), seen here at Copley Retention Dam, is classified as a Rare species and is protected by South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. This species was also nominated in 2018 for federal protection under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.Continue reading “Great Crested Grebe”
The Common Eggfly Butterfly, Hypolimnas bolina, is a large butterfly from tropical northern Australia. On rare occasions of favourable humidity, sightings have been recorded in South Australia between February to May. Host plants for the Common Eggfly become abundant with the flooding of inland waterways into the Lake Eyre Basin. A small number were sighted in Copley, Flinders Ranges, in late January during a La Nina season which has generated rains to central Australia. More detailed information on this butterfly can be found on the Butterfly Conservation SA website.
The Australian Painted Lady, known for mass southerly migration in Spring, seen here in Blinman in late January after an unusually mild summer. Detailed information on these butterflies can be found on the Butterfly Conservation SA website.
Desert Tree Frogs call for a mate in floodwater pools in Parachilna Gorge following summer rains.
The Desert Tree Frog (Litoria sp. nov. formerly identified as Litoria rubella) is found in the Northern Flinders Ranges. It lives in the vicinity of rock pools and springs, inhabiting damp vegetation and rock crevices, taking the opportunity to mate after heavy rains. Because of the ephemeral nature of floodwaters in arid lands, the larval stages of the Desert Tree Frog may be as brief as 14 days.
Black-tailed Native-hen in wetlands along the Oodnadatta Track to the south of Lake Eyre.
Also known as King Brown, Mulga Snake seen in Parachilna Gorge.