Have you ever seen a Platypus in the wild?

Have you ever seen a Platypus in the wild?

Postby ExCPONPC on Sat 06 May 2017, 7:46 am

Well to be honest, neither had I until yesterday, they are honestly not that common, I was walking quietly by a freshwater creek when I noticed a swirl on the surface in a rather still pond. I knew that there were supposed to be Platypus in the creek but I didn't expect to see one of these shy creatures at 1 O'clock in the afternoon. I watched in awe as the little bloke came to almost within touching distance.

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He/she was probably about 16 - 18" in length and seemed totally unconcerned about my presence.

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It kept coming closer until it was alongside the log I was standing on.

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Not something you see every day :clap:
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Re: Have you ever seen a Platypus in the wild?

Postby CJS on Sat 06 May 2017, 9:14 am

Nice to see these, so good to see unusual animals in the wild for a change. Thanks for sharing. :-)
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Re: Have you ever seen a Platypus in the wild?

Postby Wrexham Mackem on Sat 06 May 2017, 12:12 pm

That's quite some encounter - a real privilege for you and great to share.

Platypus are very hard to keep in captivity, so in answer to your question, I've never seen one in wild nor in a zoo!

Great stuff :clap:
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Re: Have you ever seen a Platypus in the wild?

Postby john001 on Sat 06 May 2017, 12:16 pm

Wasn't there one walking down the high street the other day?
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Re: Have you ever seen a Platypus in the wild?

Postby st24 on Sat 06 May 2017, 6:44 pm

john001 wrote:Wasn't there one walking down the high street the other day?

Yeh, advertising a bank!!
That's a wildlife golden moment right there, fantastic encounter, very jealous.
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Re: Have you ever seen a Platypus in the wild?

Postby ExCPONPC on Sun 07 May 2017, 7:30 am

john001 wrote:Wasn't there one walking down the high street the other day?


Living on the other side of the world you lost me with that so I had to rely on Mr Google.
Good ad but "Barry" has been in the "Old Dart" too long, he's lost his accent. :clap:
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Re: Have you ever seen a Platypus in the wild?

Postby FarnboroJohn on Sun 07 May 2017, 7:37 am

No I haven't, yes I want to, in the meantime thanks for posting these photos - lucky you!

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Re: Have you ever seen a Platypus in the wild?

Postby ExCPONPC on Mon 15 May 2017, 10:48 am

The little bloke/blokes was back again this morning and I manage a through the water shat as he/she was surfacing.

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Then got a close up off his/her head (some minimal cropping) but not much.

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Re: Have you ever seen a Platypus in the wild?

Postby coanda on Sat 24 Jun 2017, 9:38 pm

Lovely, I am quite envious!
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