It’s a Platypus … in the wild

A series of shots of an Australian Platypus.

These animals are extremely shy. I couldn’t believe my luck when this one just appeared. I knew it existed but I’d never seen it so close before. It lives in the lagoon, literally just over the track from my front door. I’d had a large glass of wine and gone outside with my camera to enjoy the evening.

It all happened so quickly….. and then he just disappeared under the water.

Lagoon in Winter

It defies logic really. In winter we have very little water in the lagoon, when we get our rain and in summer it is full, when rainfall is very scarce. I live on a lagoon that is used for irrigation in summer and in winter the water level drops, revealing the banks. It is part of an amazing wetland area on the Murray River and many birds fly in for a stop over. Some migrate from huge distances to nest here and others just seem to appear and disappear. In winter the lagoon takes on a much different appearance. Although there is lots of mud, I think it has a special kind of beauty.

A platypus hides in this bank (below). It is a very shy creature. You mostly just see it disappearing into the distance.