Not the best platypus photo, but the best of the bunch we got on our visit to Eungella last week. It was once again overcast and the light levels were attrocious. This one was flashed in an attempt to gain a little more shutter speed (1/20th at 400mm isn't fun).

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 27th September 2011, This photo: 5:51pm


  • accesser said:
    Wow I'd be more than happy with that
    I'm loving his patterns on the body I had no idea they had those patterns/textures
  • greenplasticdave said:
    Cool! I'd love to see one myself :) And yeah, 1/20 at 400mm ?!? You did well :)
  • David de Groot said:
    [] They're very pretty with their camouflage patterning, and surprisingly small too. Apparently there are some around our area (Petrie near Young's Crossing I'm told), but I've yet to try to find them.
    [] Tripod and flash helped, but the light really was very dismal.
  • accesser said:
    [] Oh neat ! I would love to find one local
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Damn and dusk is the go. I need to find someone who's actually seen one near Petrie and find out exactly where that was.
  • accesser said:
    [] I know a wildlife carer out my way I'll ask
  • chooks! said:
    Well captured Dave!
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    Platypuses are such odd looking creatures. Every time I see one, I'm reminded of the Looney Tunes short where Daffy is constantly being re-drawn by the "cartoonist"... I think it's called Duck Amuck. This scene is the scene I'm reminded of. But I'm not entirely sure why.
  • Keith Smith Photography said:
    An eye opener alright! Looks like a fat snake - with a beak. Strange and lovely creatures alright, well captured!
  • looby88 said:
    my daughter always got their name wrong, she called them "flat billed duckypuss " - spelling as I've written it, she was rather young at the time. One of the stranger creatures on the planet ( barring mankind ) !
    Nice one Dave
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    Jack asks what's that platypus doing ... I like this one, Dave
  • David de Groot said:
    [] awesome, if you find out where, we'll need to do a stakeout :)
    [] Well, as best as conditions would allow anyway.
    [] I can see why you'd think that ;-)
    [] Definitely my favourite of Australia's oddities.
    [] Indeed! Must have been amazing to have been the first Europeans to see these. Although trying to get the people back home to believe you would have been quite a task.
    [] A well raised lad :)
  • Judi Turner-Buzer said:
    Great shot mate! It looks like a wood carving with the patterns and smoothness! Will have to head down to the creek I think and do a stake out :-)
  • MikeSenior said:
    Nicely spotted mate.
  • traceyjohns said:
    Great shot, always such a thrill to see these guys in the wild.