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Birds of South Australia - #1 - Adelaide Region

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Birds of South Australia - #1 - Adelaide Region Little Corella, Mannum Port,  SA

After leaving our Little Desert accommodation we headed for Murray Bridge and, ultimately, Adelaide.

Birds of South Australia - #3 - Limestone Coast Chestnut Teal, Robe, SA

We were staggered to see how dry the farming areas, particularly the lakes and dams, were along the way. As a consequence, there were relatively few birds to be seen as we travelled down the highway.

Birds of South Australia - #1 - Adelaide Region Red-kneed Dotterel, Mannum Port, SA

It was an extremely hot day (around 40 degrees celsius) when we arrived at Murray Bridge so we went down to Mannum Port for a break from the heat and a lovely counter-lunch at the Pretoria Hotel - highly recommended.

Birds of South Australia - #1 - Adelaide Region Pacific Black Ducks, Mannum Port, SA

The banks of the Murray River at Mannum Port played host to hundreds of Little Corellas taking respite from the sun.

Birds of South Australia - #1 - Adelaide Region Black Swans, West Beach, Adelaide, SA

A little further down-stream, I came across what I believe to be an albino Pacific Black Duck. It was the first time I had ever seen a predominantly white member of that species which was in the company of another of its breed but of normal colouring. The albino duck was of similar size and had the unmistakeable, albeit faint, traditional markings of the species.

Birds of South Australia - #3 - Limestone Coast Black-tailed Native-hen, Robe, SA

Before leaving this part of South Australia, I noted a pair of Red-kneed Dotterel near one of the private boat ramps on the banks of the Murray south of Mannum township.

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