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Felixstow's Drage Reserve

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by Barry Silkstone (subscribe)
I am an Australian natural history writer and photographer. My aim is to encourage people to venture outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of our planet. Visit my blog naturallysouthaustralia.com
Published August 9th 2022
A good day for ducks
It is a good day for ducks. In the middle of a stretch of open water a Pacific Black Duck paddles along past some Eurasian Coots . Nearby, in the reeds a pair of the same species is resting amongst dead reeds while yet another Black Duck dabbles for food in a muddy bank. Sometimes it is interesting to pick an animal species and explore its habits when the chance arises.

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Pacific Black Duck


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Dabbling in the muddy bank


I am taking a winter walk along a section of the River Torrens which runs through Felixstow's Drage Reserve. There is a chill in the air and the occasional shower. Not drenching rain but enough for me to put up my hood and cradle the camera beneath my waterproof jacket until the next fine break in the weather. The light is not brilliant but the wildlife seems quite active. There are still enough eucalyptus and bottlebrush blossoms to attract a few parrots and Rainbow Lorikeets are incessantly squawking as they feed high in the crowns of the trees.

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Rainbow Lorikeet feeding on gum blossom


A quick scan of the trees for more bird species leads me locate a large Koala wedged in the forked branches of a massive River Red Gum. A grey marsupial high in a gum tree on a grey day makes the shot a hard one and a little image enhancement will be needed to get anything out of the picture.



Following the concrete walking path which winds alongside the river, I am flanked by lawns and trees on one side and a children's playground on the other. I cut across the grassed area towards a small bridge and stand in the middle to get a good view both up and downstream. The water is flowing quite swiftly and I watch a Dusky Moorhen gingerly climbing over some reeds towards its mate which is hidden deeper in the tangle of greenery.

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Dusky Moorhen


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Noisy Miner


The other side of the river has steeper banks which also have a lush layer of winter grass which proves to be a fertile food gathering area for two common species; Australian Magpies and Noisy Miners. I shoot two nice, close-ups of these birds. Paradoxically, the low light seems to enhance these images. I hope the changed angle on the Koala will help but the animal is still obscured by branches and far too distant.

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Bridge over OG Road


From this side of the Torrens I can access the OG Road Bridge and return to the Drage Reserve car park where I started on the eastern side of the river. This has been a very easy, short walk with quite a lot of wildlife considering the time of year and conditions and one well worth considering for getting out and about on a chilly day.


Additional notes
This is an easy walk that is quite suitable for families and seniors with public toilets, barbecues, benches, a playground, adequate parking and other facilities nearby. It is dog friendly.
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Why? A good winter walk
When: All year round
Where: Felixstow near OG Road
Cost: None
Your Comment
A walk at anytime can be rewarding Barry. Great photos. I often see all the four birds you photographed on my walks.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4352) 46 days ago
What an incentive to push ourselves to go outside and have exercise during winter with those beautiful creatures that can be found along the way
by Mindo Koerber (score: 2|375) 44 days ago
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