I decided a little while ago (about 2yrs back I think!) that the next time a report came through mentioning a sighting of a Scarlet, I would be on the road looking for it as soon as possible! So when that report came through arrangements were made and I was on the road, after meeting good friend Kay Parkin in Waikerie we were off to Gluepot! Meeting us up there were two other birding enthusiasts Steve and Mike Potter.
These photos are the results of the trip and needless to say I was rapt!!
|Scarlet-chested Parrot (male)|
|Scarlet Chested Parrot (male)|
|Scarlet Chested Parrot (female) this bird with the male above were checking out hollows looking to nest|
|Sorry about the blur! but the pair together!|
Also reported was a Painted Honeyeater had been sighted in the last few days. A rare (in SA) vagrant it was an opportunity to good to pass up! We searched the area it had been reported for around an hour without any luck and so resigned ourselves to the fact we probably wouldn't find it and went back to the area the Scarlets were in. After another hour of showers and minimal birds we decided to pull the plug and head home. As always good birding can be had on the drive out so anytime we came across a interesting call or sighting we would stop and see what was around that particular area. The four of us were travelling in a convoy of two cars and we had passed the other guys as they searched for something they had seen. A little further down the track we passed where we had searched for the Painted Honeyeater. Around 2-3km later a Chestnut Quail-Thrush was on the road so we pulled up to try to get a photo. Steve and Mike then caught up and pulled over also. Around five minutes had passed and Steve and I were persisting with the elusive Quail-Thrush while Kay and Mike were leaning on the car talking and waiting, when next minute we here Mike casually say and I quote "anyone interested in a Painted Honeyeater...." WHAT THE!!! needless to say Steve and I were there in no time! and there it was a single Painted Honeyeater in a lone Mallee right above the Potters car!! High fives all around! we couldn't believe our luck!! Scarlets and now a Painted HE, in the one day! two of the hardest to find birds in South Australia! Unreal!
|The Chestnut Quail-Thrush which was on the road and led to the Painted Honeyeater!|
A while back I compiled the top ten Aussie birds I want to see before I die! with this trip I managed to tick another one off!
- Grey Falcon (not yet)
- Night parrot (not yet)
- Scarlet Chested Parrot (tick)
- Red Goshawk (not yet)
- Letter-winged Kite (tick)
- Princess Parrot (not yet)
- Orange-bellied Parrot (tick)
- Wandering Albatross (not yet)
- Gouldian Finch (not yet)
- Rufous Owl (not yet)
For another report from the same trip check out Kay Parkins Blog at: http://kayparkinbirding.blogspot.com/2011/08/scarlet-chested-parrots-painted.html