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Seven Beautiful Birds Seen in Riverton

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by Gayle Beveridge (subscribe)
Gayle is a retired accountant and a photography enthusiast living on Victoria's beautiful Bass Coast. Gayle is passionate about writing and keen to showcase Aussie culture to a global audience. Gayle loves her family, dogs, sunsets, and chocolate.
Published December 14th 2014
Bird Watching in Riverton's Streets
Bird watching must be done in the bush, by the water or in bird hides, right? Wrong. Some wonderful birds can be seen in the streets of Riverton, a small town in the Gilbert Valley around 100kms from the Adelaide CBD.

Red-Rumped Parrot

The first time I saw the red-rumped parrots there were five of these magnificent birds on power lines in Swinden Street. Their underside is of the brightest yellow, their breasts green and their wing feathers blue. The two females amongst them were dull in colour compared to their male counterparts and their head and backs were olive-green. It wasn't until I saw them again, pecking about in grass at the Riverton Duck Ponds picnic ground that their red rumps were obvious.

The red-rumped parrot can be found in the south-east of Australia and throughout New South Wales. It feeds predominantly on the seeds and leaves of grasses.

red-rumped, parrot, riverton
Red-Rumped Parrots

Musk Lorikeet

On a walk after breakfast I spotted musk lorikeets feeding in a tree on the corner of Torrens Road and Light Street. Mostly dark green with splashes of red, blue and yellow they are reminiscent of a young child's crayon drawing.

The musk lorikeet, sometimes called the red-eared lorikeet, is found in the south-east of Australia. They feed on the pollen and nectar of flowering trees and shrubs.

musk, lorikeet, parrot, riverton
Musk Lorikeets

Red Wattlebird

The red wattlebird was common in town. I photographed it in Masters Street and again on the Duck Ponds Trail, a 1km loop walk at the Gilbert River Lake. This is a raucous honeyeater with a brown-grey colouring, red pouches on the side of its cheeks and a splash of yellow on its belly.

Endemic to southern Australia, it feeds on nectar from flowers.

wattlebird, honeyeater, birdwatching, riverton
Red Wattlebird


Galahs were about town in flocks. I saw them repeatedly foraging for grass seeds on the school oval in Paul Street and on the golf course on the corner of Washington Road and Torrens Road. At the Duck Ponds picnic ground they were feasting on young pine cones, the remnants of which could be seen scattered beneath the trees.

Also known as the rose-breasted cockatoo, galahs have a pink underside and face, grey wings and a white head. They are the most abundant of the Australian parrots and are found in numbers throughout the country.

New Holland Honeyeater

A sighting of this New Holland Honeyeater was a pleasant surprise in Masters Street. This small long-beaked bird has a striped black and white breast, and black wings with a splash of yellow at the sides. Since it rarely sits still for long I was fortunate to get some snaps.

New Holland Honeyeaters are found throughout southern Australia. They feed on the nectar of flowers.

honeyeater, birdwatching, riverton
New Holland Honeyeater

White-Plumed Honeyeater

This charming white-plumed honeyeater was spotted on a pleasant stroll on the Duck Ponds Trail off Oxford Street between Siding Street and Burrows Lane. It has a golden-olive wings and face, a white stripe under its cheeks and a greyish underside.

Found throughout Australia this may be the most common of the honeyeaters. It feeds on nectar.

white-plumed, honeyeater, riverton
White-Plumed Honeyeater

Grey Shrike-Thrush

Is this a grey shrike-thrush? I'm not sure but I'd be willing to bet on it. What do you think? I photographed this bird in Glynn Street. This is a grey bird with a touch of olive on its back and a whitish underside.

The grey shrike-thrush is common to mainland Australia. It eats insects, spiders, small mammals and reptiles.

shrike-thrush, birdwatching, riverton
Grey Shrike-Thrush?

Riverton is in the Gilbert Valley around 100kms from the Adelaide CBD on the Barrier Highway.

It is an easy day trip from Adelaide but should you wish to stay accommodation is available at the Riverton Hotel and the Riverton Caravan Park.

Meals are available at the Hotel Central and the Riverton Hotel. There is a picnic ground at the Riverton Duck Ponds off Oxford Street,

There are public toilets at the Riverton Council Offices, 21 Torrens Street, (Monday to Friday 6am to 8pm), at the Community Hall on the corner of Elizabeth and Torrens Street (Open 24 hours) and at the Duck Ponds (Gilbert River Park) in Oxford Terrace (open 24 hours).
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Why? To see some magnificent birds while strolling Riverton's historic streets, all a short drive from Adelaide.
When: Daylight Hours
Where: Riverton, SA, 100 kms from the Adelaide CBD on the Barrier Highway
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great article Gayle. I do like birds and photography. I am not often lucky enough to photograph birds in the wild. Perhaps I need to go out bush more often to take some wild life photography.
by CassandraJoy (score: 3|1021) 1439 days ago
I like the Galah.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12479) 1797 days ago
Thanks Bryony, they are common and often seen in large flocks. It is not unusual to find them pecking at our lawns and nature strips in Melbourne.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7392) 1797 days ago
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