|Armstrong Creek, Stewarts Reserve|
In late spring and summer the water levels in the creek are low or non-existent and when I visited this week the creek was a series of waterholes. Many of the trees were flowering prolifically - eucalypts (Manna Gums, Swamp Gums and River Red Gums), Bursaria spinsosa and Acacia mearnsii - as were the Hop Goodenias and the water ribbons in the creek bed. Red-rumped Parrots and Eastern Rosellas were in numbers and I also heard a Purple-crowned Lorikeet. The only representatives of the honeyeater family were the Red Wattlebirds and White-plumed Honeyeaters, but I'm being a bit unfair because my visit was mid-afternoon. A morning visit would probably be more productive. The prickly Hedge Wattles and bursarias, the tree debris and the hollows in the old trees provide good shelter for the fauna (frogs, birds, insects, reptiles, bats and possums) in the reserve. There are relatively few weeds. The reserve is a very important remnant of what was once a more extensive environmental community - grassy woodland.
|Many of the trees are tagged so presumably the council holds a database.|
|The Common Brushtail Possum gave away its location by moving when I was close by.|
|Stewarts Reserve and Armstrong Creek surrounded by housing development. Source: Google Maps|
|Photo taken from inside Stewarts Reserve.|
|Stewarts Road with Stewarts Reserve on the left.|