A flock of Little Corellas and one Galah

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.

Rain Moth

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.

19 Threatened Flinders Ranges Bird Species Nominated for Federal Protection

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:

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Birds SA Find Rare Birds in Copley Area

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

Birds SA survey of Copley Retention Dam and Aroona Dam

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:

  1.  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.
  2.  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.
  3. Aroona Dam was surveyed once – around the base of the dam wall and also from the top car park area.

Birds SA Reports

Copley – Leigh Creek Retention Dam 3 April 2018

Copley – Leigh Creek Retention Dam 4 April 2018

Copley – Leigh Creek Aroona Dam 4 April 2018

Copley – Leigh Creek Overflow 4 April 2018