Hindmarsh Island, South Australia

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Not strictly UAE news admittedly, however I have to blog about this place. I have visited twice now whilst visiting Stunmy brother in South Australia.

Flanking the Island is the Coorong National Park I have absolutely fallen in love with the place – it is one of the most beautiful wetlands I have ever visited.

The spot I have visited is at the Murray Mouth near to Goolwa where there are several sandbanks that are very popular with several species, in particular the Australian Pelican, Great Crested and Caspian Tern.

For the photographer this is particularly special as you can approach the sandbank from the water , no deeper than your midriff, of course I guess it could be particularly risky for your Camera gear, however the birds seem to be extremely tolerant of you that way.

There are many coastal dunes with various vegetation, for example Samphire, which hosted several Rock Parrot, easily seen feeding at the end of the day and many Singing Honeyeaters making their presence heard.

Other species seen included Little and Great Egret, Bar-tailed Godwit, White-faced Heron, Pied and Sooty Oystercatcher, Silver Gull, Red-necked Avocet, Banded Stilt, Sacred Ibis and White-fronted Chat all offering great photo opportunities. At one point I saw seven Whistling Kite at the same time !! ningly beautiful place where the “golden hour” seems to go on forever !

Mike Barth

Mike Barth

Mike Barth, a photographer from Manchester England, was based in Dubai in the UAE from 2004 to 2016. He has travelled regularly to Africa and Asia and has had the pleasure of birding in some wonderful locations. A passionate bird photographer he now offers tours for small groups, maximum of 6, photographers and offers photographic tours to several locations such as Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana. Please visit his site at https://www.mikebarthphotography.com for information, there you can also purchase prints in various formats.

Mike Barth

Mike Barth

Mike Barth, a photographer from Manchester England, was based in Dubai in the UAE from 2004 to 2016. He has travelled regularly to Africa and Asia and has had the pleasure of birding in some wonderful locations. A passionate bird photographer he now offers tours for small groups, maximum of 6, photographers and offers photographic tours to several locations such as Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana. Please visit his site at https://www.mikebarthphotography.com for information, there you can also purchase prints in various formats.

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