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Published September 6th 2018
Koalas, creepers and cockatoos
I can see the little bird working its way up the trunk of a massive gum tree that overhangs the creek. It is systematically probing the tree for tiny insects like borers and beetles that live in the wood and under the bark. Treecreepers are one of the more difficult birds to spot and photograph. They live in forests and scrub and are well camouflaged. To get near enough to get a shot is rather a treat even if the result is far from award winning.
The little park at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills is a rather lovely location; an ideal place to stop and go for a short walk beside the creek that meanders alongside the township. There is an old time general store where you can dine on a pie and bun washed down with a bottle of locally produced fruit juice. Orchards, stock and many fine old farmhouses coupled with glorious views of the hills certainly provide an aura of rustic charm to any drive.
There is a little bridge spanning the creek and on the far side a walking trail follows its course. The vegetation along the creek is dense and I can hear finches, wrens and other small birds calling. Numerous tall stringy barked eucalypts dominate the gentle hillside that slopes away from the watercourse and near the fork of one trunk I catch sight of a koala.
Another path skirts the edge of the stands of trees that cover the hillside and I can see and hear rosellas and galahs in the treetops. They are difficult to photograph half hidden in the leaves and resting high in the canopy. Finally, I spot a galah (rose breasted cockatoo) perched near a nesting-hole in the lower part of a tree trunk and manage to capture a reasonable image.
The upper path brings me out at a gate near the main road and only a short stroll to the general store and lunch. However, one final animal puts in an appearance; a fluffy little rabbit that hesitantly comes out from the bushes to nibble grass. Yes, they are pests and we would be better off without them but they are still quite endearing little creatures to see in the wilds of Lenswood.