- South Australia
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
We spent an afternoon looking at some of the birdwatching destinations at Rankin Springs. An information board near the Caravan Park provides some information on where to go but more information can be found on the Rankin Springs Birds of the Bush website. The advantage of visiting Rankin Springs is that a variety of birds can be seen in a relatively small area, the three areas we visited also had dams which contained water.
Approaching Rankin Springs on the Rankin Springs Rd are three sites which are relatively close together. The first site 'Fred Grahams Watch' is located just off the road on the border of Jimberoo forest. As we drove up there appeared to be quite a bit of bird life however once we got out of the car it was difficult to find a bird. After quietly walking to the back of the small dam I heard what I thought was a Western Gerygone calling, keen to see this bird I crept up only to find a Speckled Warbler singing loudly from within a cypress tree, it was surrounded by Chestnut Rumped Thornbills. Soon more birds appeared in the surrounding bushes, Splendid Fairywren, Red-capped Robin and other thornbills were present, a Crested Bellbird was seen high up in a tree.
The next stop was Nudges Dam. Just inside the gate an open grassy area amongst dead box trees revealed Rufous and Brown Songlarks, White-winged Triller, Crimson Chat and White Browed Treecreeper. We had a little difficulty finding the dam which was hidden within the surrounding trees but once there we watched families of wood duck and Grey Teal from the bird hide, other birds were also coming to drink here.
On the road between Nudges and Common Dam (our third stop) we saw a party of emus browsing beside the road. Common Dam is a large dam with a bird hide that overlooks the dam there is also a shallower waterhole next to the dam. Around the waterhole a Red-kneed Dotteral was aggressively chasing off Black-fronted Dotteral wherever they got too close. On the other side of Common Dam ten Black-tailed Native Hens were furtively foraging. This was also another lovely place to sit for a while and watch the birds coming to drink.
Some interesting birds were also seen from the camp ground in the centre of town. Two Pink Cockatoos flew over, White-breasted Woodswallow, Blue-faced Honeyeater and Apostlebird were seen.