Modbury’s Three Bridge Walk

1 Aug

Modbury’s Three Bridge Walk

 Dear Reader:

There are ibises along the banks of the pond and high in a river gum. One pair seems to be concentrating on a particularly dense area in the crown of the tree. I look more closely through the telephoto lens. It is a nest, barely discernible amongst branches. Closer inspection reveals a pair of chicks nestled against one of the parents while the other has left in search.

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Ibis nest camouflaged in gum tree

 

I am walking along the pathway that runs from Montague Road to McIntyre Road behind the little complex of shops that includes Katmandu, Bunnings and Subway; just a few hundred metres before TTP. It is best to park next to the creek appropriately behind the outdoor shop then walked over a small traffic bridge to Victoria road. After a hundred metres, head left over the footbridge that crosses Dry Creek past a large pond where the ibises gather.

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The pond near Montague Road

 

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Walking and cycling track along Dry Creek

 

Leaving the ibises to their domestic duties I follow the creek using a small track along the bank. Alternatively a new concrete path traverses the same route. There are waterfowl along the creek which is flowing quite fast after heavy winter rains. In a slightly calmer stretch where a curve in the creek creates a sheltered pool a pair of black ducks, recognisable only by their upturned tails, are feeding on the bottom.

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Black ducks feeding

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Along the secluded detour

 

After a couple of hundred meters I come to the third bridge which crosses the creek and bends back to the car park and lunch. However, alongside the bridge there is another rough dirt track that leads into the scrub emerging at a lovely secluded section of the creek. As I follow this trail I come across a variety of smaller birds including some New Holland honeyeaters that are perched in the reeds and a flock of musk lorikeets squawking high in a huge red gum near the trail junction.

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Third bridge over the creek

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New Holland honeyeater in reeds

 

I back track to the bridge, cross it, turn left following the main watercourse and stop to photograph a small waterfall that has developed in the creek. From here the track branches left running alongside a steep banked gully with very little water in it. Back at the car park I can get some lunch, shop for outdoor gear or find some hardware to occupy the remainder of the day.

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Little rapid or waterfall

 

Not a bad way to spend a winter’s morning

Cheers

Baz

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4 Responses to “Modbury’s Three Bridge Walk”

  1. Baz (the other one) August 1, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    Hi Baz, another Baz here from South Wales… emigrating to Adelaide with my wife and baby son hopefully in the next month or two! Love wildlife so have spent an age going through your awesome blog for tips of when and where to go! my wifes a teacher too! get in touch if you like bazjames@hotmail.com

    • tabbie2012 August 1, 2017 at 1:12 am #

      Dear Baz
      Sorry about the late reply
      Don’t check comments too often
      Would love to chat sometime
      My heritage is also Welsh on Mum’s side
      My Email in SA is
      silkstone627@yahoo.com.au
      Cheers
      Baz

  2. macmsue August 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    Another nice little jaunt then. 🙂 The Ibis seem to be making themselves at home right across Adelaide now.

    • tabbie2012 August 2, 2016 at 12:34 am #

      yep
      The little devils are there every year

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