Took the kids to a mates farm for the afternoon to get them out of the house! while they kept themselves busy riding bikes and so on, I managed to go for a walk into a small mallee scrub and sand quarry that is on this farm to see what was around. I had never birded this spot and was expecting the usual mallee species, but hoping for something unusual. I was not to be disappointed as you will see below by some of the photos! White-backed Swallows were the highlight as I have only ever seen them much further north than here and didn't know they came down this far! so as you can imagine I was pretty happy with that! also in the unexpected category was around 12 Blue-winged Parrots and 4 Brown Quail! I expected Elegant Parrots but only found one and not the BWP but there you go! the Brown Quails were also something of a surprise as this place usually only turns up Stubble Quails in the surrounding cereal crops. I heard their distinct call from at least four birds and flushed a couple of these as well.
All up a great little session and topped off with a lovely Barn Owl on the way home!
|Pair of White-backed Swallows|
|This single Elegant Parrot was loosely associating with the Blue-wings!|
|Blue-winged parrot adult, there were a few juveniles around too|
|Spectacular birds Rainbow Bee-eaters|
|Four little cuties! Australian Kestrels.|
|Welcome Swallow, common bird but I had to add this photo as it is probably the best photo I took for the day!|
|Rufous Songlarks were constantly calling|