Mistletoe Bird

The tiny male Mistletoe Bird has a distinct high pitched call and scarlet breast plumage similar in colour to the mistletoe flower. Seen here feasting on mistletoe fruits in June in the Northern Flinders Ranges, he will then excrete the sticky seeds onto branches of nearby native plants, enabling the semi parasitic mistletoe to germinate and embed into the branches of host plants.

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Salty Ice Plant

The edible Salty Ice Plant, Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, has distinct glistening glands seen here on the banks of a flooded creek bed near Marree.

Athel Pine

Athel Pine, Tamarix aphylla, is an introduced species from Africa. A highly successful coloniser in saline waterways, Athel Pine is further proliferating with every wet season along the inlet and surrounding flood plains of Copley Retention Dam, growing into thickets along the shoreline. Seen flowering in May.