This albino kangaroo was sighted south of Hawker. Other sightings have been made in the area. Anecdotal evidence suggests that there are several in the central Flinders Ranges. Kangaroo hunters over the years have avoided shooting white kangaroos and report several variations in eye and fur colouration. Continue reading “Albino Kangaroo”
Skull 40mm, showing fontanelle.
Boring, boring, boring.
A pink Galah is sometimes seen amongst a flock of white Corellas, as Galahs are known to sometimes lay their eggs in Cockatoo and Corella nests. They seem to be regularly accepted as one of the flock but as they are a smaller bird, the Galah can be seen flying faster and will tend to circle the flock to keep pace.
Trictina atripalpis moth, as seen here on a rock along the Strzelecki Track is believed to augur oncoming rain. This male one was approximately 80mm long, and they can have a wingspan of up to 160mm. Females lack the distinct wing markings.
Tiliqua Rugosa, the Sleepy Lizard seen around the Flinders Ranges.
Found in Leigh Creek Township.
The William Light Foundation, a not for profit organisation based in the Flinders Ranges, have nominated 33 native species (Birds and Flora) for listing under any of the categories specified in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The species nominated for protection are listed by the State Classifications of South Australia as Critically Endangered, Endangered, Rare or Vulnerable (South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972) but are as yet not listed under any of the categories of the EPBC Act.
They include 16 species of plant and the following 19 species of threatened birds:
Among the thousands of bird sightings made in two days by Birds SA experts, several rare birds were spotted in the Copley area.
Included in this list are birds classified as Rare by the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act, such as
- Musk Duck
- Blue-billed Duck
- Australiasian Darter (pictured)
- Elegant Parrot
- Great Crested Grebe.
Read more in an article by the Transcontinental newspaper.
Photography by Andy Klotz
On April 3-4th, 2018, 12 experienced birders with 5 spotting scopes, the usual binoculars and cameras with telephoto lens participated in a bird survey in waterways in the Copley Area.
69 species were recorded in two days.
Notes to accompany the Bird Record Forms attached:
- Retention Dam was surveyed twice. We did not walk around the whole dam but did walk from the northern “beach” end to the area where the creek flows in. The spotting scopes allowed us to scan the far side quite efficiently.
- The “overflow” water over the main road north of Copley on the way to Lyndhurst was only surveyed once from midday or two hours. This was not an optimum time for birding.
- Aroona Dam was surveyed once – around the base of the dam wall and also from the top car park area.
Birds SA Reports