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Tea Tree Gully's Dry Creek Wildlife

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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 September 19th 2022
Dry Creek Safari
Maned Duck, Wood duck, Tea Tree Gully, Modbury, Dry Creek, South Australian wildlife, South Australian walks, Wildlife photography, Wildlife stories, nature,
Maned Ducks


From the path across the road bridge, I watch a squadron of ducks drifting with the current and occasionally diving to search for food. They are Maned Ducks, sometimes called Wood Ducks, and they are mainly seen next to wetlands and rivers. It is the more common Pacific Black Ducks that spend most of their lives in the water.

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View from Montague Road


I am walking a short stretch of the Dry Creek Path running between Montague and McIntyre Roads in the suburb of Modbury. It is a glorious stretch of water overhung by large River Gums with occasional long pools and reed, all of which provide a range of different habitats.

New Holland Honeyeaters
New Holland Honeyeaters


The paved track runs close to the creek with grassy areas dividing them. I sit near some reeds and watch a group of New Holland Honeyeaters picking out the tiny seeds.

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Purple Swamp Hen with chick


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Ibis nesting


Reed Warbler. Modbury, SA birds
Australian Reed Warbler


A couple of hundred metres further along the track, the creek widens into a long pool. Over the years, I have taken many photographs of the local birdlife in this location as there is usually water here, even in the drier summer months. Today is no exception and I capture images of an Australian Reed Warbler, a Purple Swamp Hen with a newly hatched chick and a nesting Australian White Ibis.

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Dragonfly species


There is another shallow pool a little way past the second footbridge and I hide behind a tangle of bushes and watch a group of Dragonflies chasing each other. It is spring and time for reproducing for most of the creek's species.

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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo feeding on acacia seed pods


While I am walking, there is an incessant background chatter of bird calls, especially parrots feeding on eucalyptus blossoms. I can see a variety of species. Musk Lorikeets seem to prefer the higher branches and Rainbow Lorikeets the more intermediate zone. To my surprise, I spot a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo feeding on some acacia seeds. It is amazing to see how dextrous their claws are as they hold seedpods and then strip out the seeds with their beaks.

Australian Admiral Butterfly


I reach the McIntyre Road intersection and cross over to the other side of the creek, then return to my starting point. The pathway is well marked and easy to walk but not paved. The trail takes me alongside the river then behind the Bunnings Store and through some housing areas before ending at the first footbridge past Montague. There are numerous common urban species including Noisy Miners, Little Ravens and Wagtails but it is a beautiful Australian Admiral butterfly feeding on some Lantana that catches my eye.

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Solandra Playground Modbury TTG


I am back at my starting point where Montague Road crosses Dry Creek and I glance around to see what options there are for myself or a family enjoying a day out and there are a few. I could walk or cycle further north up the river track on the paved surface, wander across to Tea Tree Plaza for a bite to eat or take the kids to the re-vamped Solandra Reserve playground across the road.

In short, this is a lovely, natural spot within the city of Tea Tree Gully that is well worth a visit whatever outdoor activities you and your family might enjoy.

Additional notes
This is an easy walk that is quite suitable for families and seniors with barbecues, parking and other facilities nearby. It is dog friendly.
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Why? A good urban wildlife walk with shops and playgrounds nearby
When: All year round
Where: Modbury area TTG
Cost: None
Your Comment
I do love your red dragonfly picture. In NT, if we could see dragonfly roaming around the air, it means dry season is near
by Mindo Koerber (score: 2|375) 6 days ago
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