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The adventures of Fe & Chris

Wildlife spotting with professional naturalists

Whilst in Tasmania we were very keen to see a Platypus, as this was supposed to be one of the best places to spot them. Therefore every stretch of water we saw was examined for any sign of these elusive creatures and we soon became ‘expert’ in places that were unsuitable for them.

We were getting a bit downhearted when after 8 days of looking we still hadn’t seen one (with the exception of a dead one on the side of the road - not hit by us I’d like to point out).

We thought our luck might be in at our last stop in Tassie when the walk was called “Platypus trail” and included a hide to help spot them, however it was the wrong time of day and so still no joy. We finally gave up and headed off to find somewhere to camp. Our camp guide suggested a fishing lake. On arrival we did our now customary inspection for the creature, where Chris knowlingly declared “This isn’t suitable platypus habitat” and I keenly observed one serenely floating in the water 5 metres away. Who’s the better naturalist now I wonder?! (This was after I had also pointed out a wombat that was munching grass right in front of him a couple of days previously!).

The platypus seemed reasonably undisturbed by us and continued diving down for food and gave us some lovely views of this fascinating beast. We celebrated our good fortune with a little dance!


  Graeme wrote @ November 22nd, 2007 at 4:26 am

I am jelous - platy and wombat. Good spotting. I think you have seen enough now and should come home.

  Chris wrote @ November 22nd, 2007 at 8:25 pm

Slightly harsh, Fe. I did find a pod of Orcas at 3 km and lots of tiny penguins in big surf. And there was the several thousand muttonbirds gathering at dusk, but then maybe I imagined them.

  Fe wrote @ November 22nd, 2007 at 8:26 pm

Aye, but you weren’t specifically looking for any of these and saying you couldn’t see what was right in front of your eyes!!

  Chris wrote @ November 22nd, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Oh, and the platypus lake was terrible habitat. Completely barren. I wouldn’t want to live there.

Interestingly, I bought a new bite valve for my Platypus yesterday.

  Chris’s Mum & Dad wrote @ November 23rd, 2007 at 3:14 am

MV Explorer (NOT Explorer 11) is reportedly sinking off the South Shetland Islands. Info from BBC radio 4 at 9 a.m.

  Chris’s Mum & Dad wrote @ November 25th, 2007 at 11:57 am

I wonder if any sharp-eyed former members of the Edinburgh YOC were watching Songs of Praise from Greyfriars Kirk and spotted Malcolm?

  Graeme wrote @ November 26th, 2007 at 3:38 am

In response to Chris’s Mum and Dad, while we would have been shart eyed enough to have identified Malcolm, I suspect we were all carving the Sunday roast at the time, other otherwise enganged.

  Chris’s Mum & Dad wrote @ November 26th, 2007 at 9:17 am

Graeme - have you noticed that the time on Seasquirt is Central American time? In other words the message I sent at 6.57 p.m. came out at 11.57 a.m.!! Did you really write yours at 3.38 in the morning? I did mention it to the cheerful wanderers, but so far have had no response, nor a correction!

  Lachlan wrote @ November 27th, 2007 at 9:21 pm

Has anyone noiced that the last recorded location of C&F was halfway between the Queenie’s holiday home and a large crested parrot. I hope they visited Cockatoo as all the species I saw were pretty fabby, especially Red-tailed blacks (size of buzzards!). Alternatively “Koo Wee Rup” deserves a visit on name alone.

  Chris wrote @ November 27th, 2007 at 9:27 pm

Sorry, just updated the position. We were staying in a lovely suburban Melbourne house with our friend Ameera. King Parrots on the porch, and Lyrebirds nearby. Lovely.

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