Birds Songs Adelaide
We are so lucky here in Australia to wake up and listen to such beautiful Australian bird songs. And Saturdays are even better being able to sleep in with breakfast in bed. This Saturday was more hustle and bustle than most. The removalists were coming at mid day to start on the house packing. But the morning was ours as long as we were back by eleven.
First stop, to spoil ourselves for breakfast, is the East Continental Cafe in Adelaide. The atmosphere in the morning is alive with the bustle of morning patrons and the fresh smell of rich coffee. Even tho the cafe is jam packed with people, the service is quite quick and the staff are super friendly. Best choice in the cafe, the Eggs Benedict, with leg ham, tomato and hollandaise sauce. This of course is always topped off with a large hot cafe latte.
What’s so good about the East Continental Cafe is that it’s right next to the Adelaide Botanical Gardens. A great place to explore and look for interesting and exciting birds. And this is where we were headed.
The Adelaide Botanical Gardens is so lovely and is the best place for a picnic on a warm summer afternoon. And here is the best part, it’s free! There’s also a plethora of native and exotic plants, trees and flowers.
Adelaide Botanical garden is absolutely stunning some of the highlights include, Victorian Palm House, Water Mediterranean Garden, Australian Native Garden and Bicentennial Conversavtory. The most impressive is the Bicentennial Conversavtory, taking up a whopping 100 meters and 2,434 square meters of glass. Once you step into the conservatory you immediately notice the sub-tropical conditions. The conservatory has an upper and lower walk way so you can take full advantage of the rainforest environment!
The best part of the botanic garden is of course the birds and as you stroll through the gardens you can observe them scurrying around looking for seed, nectar and berries, while play fighting together and singing sweet melodies. Here are some of the regular suspects you may find living in the gardens.
Rainbow Lorikeet – (Trichoglossus Moluccanus) These birds have to most brilliant vibrant colour, striking reds, blues oranges and green. They are true parrots and their most romantic quality is that they are monogamous pairing for life. They are cheeky and playful, but can become aggressive towards other lorikeets during nesting periods. They feed on nectar, seeds pollen and fruit. It’s fun to sit back and watch their playful antics and skylarking.
Laughing Kookaburra – (Dacelo Novaeguineae) As you stroll through the gardens you might find you are being laughed at by this brilliant Australian icon. It’s most striking physical feature is the heavy bill which is a black and bone colour. The Kookaburra is the largest in the Kingfisher family and weighs the most too. If you are lucky enough to hear a Kookaburra laugh, it’ll mesmerise you with it’s beautiful alluring song. Most often they will sing around dusk and dawn, but you may be privileged to hear one anytime of the day. When the Kookaburra sings, it throws it’s head back and reviles in the laughter.
White-Plumed Honeyeater – (Lichenostomus Penicillatus) Small but not lacking in showman ship. These bird scurry around trees and shrubs, nosily letting you know they are there. They either work together in pairs or small group to forage for goodies. And although they look very dainty, can be highly aggressive. They love to feed on nectar it is their favourite meal, morning, noon and night. When they make their nest they shape it into a small cup.
Willie Wagtail – (Rhipidura Leucophrys) The birds have such a cute name and small stature, but they are anything but timid! You may eve witness them taking larger birds on like the Kingfisher Kookaburra. What?! Yep they are mightly little birds that are very territorial. They spend much of their time chasing prey in the open. But when they forage on the ground you will see where they get their name, as they wag they tail horizontal to the ground, as they bop and bounce through the trees and bushes.
Little Corella – (Cacatua Sanguinea) When you find a Little Corella in the Botanical Gardens they are on holidays. Little Corellas are white cockatoos and love to wander around looking for food in flocks. They flock can be as big as several thousand birds together. They are not shy when they want to be heard, squawking and screeching. After a big day they like to roost in the trees to sleep ready for the next big day.
These are just some of the regulars you’ll find living in and amongst the Adelaide Botanical Gardens. It’s a really great place to wonder after a hearty breakfast or to spend the whole day with a packed lunch. Remembered to take your binoculars to truly enjoy all the wildlife the garden has to offer. We enjoy gone for a walk on the many paths that lead to different place s to explore. But keep an eye on the time, as it can fly by inside the garden. If you need to know more click here.
We made it back to the house at 11:15, it’s truly amazing how much you can fit into a morning if you get up early and start the day. Next week after we get the new house in order. It’s off to Mt Lofty Ranges to take on one of the gorgeous walking trails. But this time we will pack lunch for the trip!
The removalists were there and ready to start packing when we arrived home. You don’t realised how stressful moving house can be until you do it. We were so lucky to choose movers that knew what they were doing, it made things so much easier. I would recommend them if you are moving house, you can find them here removalists Adelaide. I was surprised how quickly everything was in the truck and our old home was suddenly empty! And it was finally time to take our last walk around the property.
What was so special about our old house were the birds that would come to visit, Magpies, Willie Wag Tails, Rosellas and of course pigeons galore. Our new house has a beautiful big tree out the front, which we call the Bird Song Villa, because it is a hotel of sorts for so many different species of beautiful birds. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful view of this big old tree. And trust me these birds will get look after with lot of bird seed.
My birthday is a week after we move into the new house and Alex said that we are going on an adventure to the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary. She said she has already book with Adelaide Limo Services so we can ride in luxury and style. So even if I wanted to say no everything was already paid for and booked. When Alex makes her mind up there is no way to change it!
I’m so excited because every year with in the salt marshes, mudflats and mangroves and estimated 26,000 birds, some even threatened species, they all migrate to South Australia. Some of these bird travel all the way from Alaska USA and Siberia Russia. To understand the magnitude of the birds journey, some of these birds travel 11,000 klms in one flight! The wetlands let the birds feed and gain up to 75% of their body weight. This is so they can build up fat reserves for this incredible journey back to the breeding grounds. The very special Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary covers about 60 kilometers of coastline from Barker Inlet to Port Parham.
The bird sanctuary is a safe haven for thousands of birds including the Pacific Golden Plovers, Sharp Tailed Sandpipers and The Red Necked Stints. It’s so important that we support this sanctuary so the birds have a home to come to where they can be protected for years to come. If you want to get involve you can go to www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary or contact the office on (08) 8124 4782.