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Top Three Birding Locations Around Adelaide

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Published October 6th 2020
Observing and identifying different bird species
Eurasian coot

Spring is upon us, and there is no better time than now to get amongst the birds. South Australia's diverse range of habitats means that we are blessed with a stunning variety of birds right here in our own backyard. As part of the recent Nature Festival, I was enthusiastically introduced to this much enjoyable activity called birding, and can say that I have now joined thousands of other bird watchers in going outdoors, observing and identifying different bird species. Although birding can be done anywhere, you might want to consider one of these locations that offer wonderful birding experiences. Who knows, you could potentially see some new birds just by venturing a bit further afield.

Oaklands Wetland

Completed in 2013, Oaklands Wetland has many old river red gum as well as newly planted wattle, saltbush and goodenia. These plants provide a beautiful habitat for approximately 60 species of birds including the Eurasian coot, dusky moorhen, crested pigeon, Australasian swamphen and long-billed corella. Have you ever wondered where the crested pigeons go at night? Well, armed with a torch, and looking up, we got our answer after a little search.

st peters billabong
St Peters Billabong

Since being restored to its natural state, St Peters Billabong is now home to a variety of native birdlife. I believe a total of 43 non-passerines and 19 passerines species have been recorded to date. Just by rambling around, you'll find the cormorant, maned duck, Australian white ibis and black-faced cuckooshrike.

playford lake
Playford Lake at Belair National Park

And, of course, Belair National Park, the oldest and most loved South Australian national park. The construction of its Playford Lake has seen an increase in the number of birds, which currently totals a whopping 139 species! With a pair of binoculars in hand, we enjoyed watching the Adelaide rosella, rainbow lorikeet, laughing kookaburra, honeyeater and noisy miner while walking along the Wood Duck Walk trail.

Don't forget your binoculars!

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I love wetlands. They are one of my favourite locations for Weekend Notes articles as they have a variety of different water birds as your article mentions.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4261) 674 days ago
only problem is late afternoon - evening mozzies can be a problem especially in warm weather. Make sure you cover up well or use personal insect repellant
by r.eng (score: 2|787) 128 days ago
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