A Platypus Quest: Six Mile Creek Discoveries

I have yet to see a platypus in the wild. I wonder how many Australians have. When I was told recently that a dead platypus had been found near Six Mile Creek in my local area, I had mixed feelings – excitement and surprise that they lived so close to me, and a little frustration and disappointment that a new supermarket complex and residential development being built right next to the creek may be responsible for their demise.

Since then I have headed down to the creek on a few occasions, hoping to catch sight of this unusual monotreme. I did come across some brown woolly animals and another rather hairy creature. The second species elicited a  screech  from me that was loud enough to bring the cricketers from the practice nets down to investigate. I was left a little red-faced by their concern. Not an uncommon occurrence for me, I can assure you.

The rest of this post is dedicated to showing you what I actually did find – the good and the bad! I apologise to those who do not like insects and arachnids. I hope you enjoy  some of the other photographs though. Once again I was very excited to come across new fungus specimens, including the strange earth star.

I would like to be able to identify everything I share with you, but that would mean I’d rarely finish a post. I’m always extremely happy to have reader friends share their knowledge and thoughts with me. I appreciate the time that each person takes to comment, especially since I know how busy people are and how many other blogs are followed.

I’ll begin with some photographs of the peaceful creek before the flood waters hit it on Friday.

There seemed to be many promising spots that a shy platypus may be lurking.

trees 4

creek 4

I stared at the still waters and banks for hours. Fortunately, there were plenty of tall gums to keep me shaded during my quest.

gum trees 2

Trees 1

Around one corner I was surprised to discover a mob of  friendly sheep over the fence that were convinced  my camera was tasty. After giving me the evil eye for denying their stomachs, they snubbed me and went back to what sheep like to do best. These are self-shedding sheep so they don’t need to be sheared, perfect for residents on large blocks who don’t want to mow their lawns. Dorpers were originally bred in South Africa as meat sheep to cope with the harsh conditions and started becoming more popular in Australia in the 1990s.

sheep at fence

sheep in town

Each time I moved on to a new spot to wait for a platypus, I took the opportunity to notice other creatures such as these insects on gum tree trunks.

I think the first caterpillar is the larva of  Orgyia australis (white spotted tussock moth). Thanks Manu for your help.

White spotted tufted moth?

White spotted tussock moth?

Gypsy moth larva?

Gypsy moth larva?

There were also remains of insects including an empty cicada shell.

Cicada shell

Cicada shell

I don’t think I’ll ever be bored with the variety of bark on our native trees. I’m very fond of paperbark. It has many uses for Indigenous Australians. Tree resins such as in one of these pictures are particularly important too.

On each of my visits I found more kinds of fungi. On my last trip after flood waters had receded I was delighted to view earth stars for the first time. There were even different stages for me to photograph. When it rains, the outer layer of the earth star splits and unfurls to reveal a spore sac. The young earth stars resemble an onion. They belong to a group of fungi called Gasteromycetes, or “stomach fungi”.

earth star

earthstar 3

earthstar onion

Another interesting fungus I had never seen before looks a little like furry paws. Thanks to Thomas  for doing some Twitter research to come up with this suggestion: an early stage of Schizophyllum commune? Perhaps someone else has another suggestion. I had to do a bit of a balancing act to photograph these as they were growing on a log poking out over a stream near the path. Quite a miracle that my extremely uncoordinated self didn’t fall in. The things I will do for fungi thrills!

white fungi

white furry fungi

This one looked like some cheese I’d forgotten about in my fridge.

fungus like old cheese

fungus cracking like cheese

And there were other specimens too. A bracket fungi and this puffball-like thing…

And a little bit of lichen demanded to be photographed. They are rather bossy at times.

lichen on gum tree

I have no idea what this bright yellow-green powdery thing is but it caught my attention.

green powder mould on gum tree

Dragonflies were out in force. The males spend much of the day establishing their own territory and since there were hundreds over the water, the battle was epic. I was lucky to find a couple (probably close to death) that stayed still long enough for me to share with you. Yes, that’s my shadow spoiling the first one. 🙂

dragonfly

yellow dragonfly 2

I discovered a few pollinators in an overgrown area of flowering plants. I have no idea if these plants are native or not. I’m fairly sure the insect is a kind of fly. It was only about 5mm long. (Update: Hover fly-thanks Manu)

poll2

pollinator 1

blue flower

mauve flowers 2

This flowering red gum is native though.

red gum flowers

High in this old gum tree, cockatoos and galahs screeched. You will have to take my word for it as I can’t afford a zoom lens.

old gum tree six mile creek

And now for the beautiful hairy beast that stopped cricket practice. While resting with my head against a tree I came face to face with the biggest spider I’ve ever seen. Now I do love spiders but not at such close range and in a surprise situation. My noises attracted the attention of the group of cricketers. After calming down I took these images to share. She was magnificent and the pictures don’t really show her impressive size. UPDATE: Thanks Paula for your suggestion it is a grey huntsman spider Holconia immanis.

wolf spider 2

wolf spider 1

spider 1

Apart from the rubbish left by careless humans, this creek area was a delight to spend time at.

Recently, Brisbane and surrounding areas had storms and flooding rains (over 300mm in some areas). As it usually does, Six Mile Creek flooded the road. Here are some pictures I took of the new construction area, erosion from the site and the effects of flooding along the creek. I wonder how successful the company will be at managing silt and other run off during these heavy rainfall episodes.

bubbles in flood

I hope to see a platypus at Six Mile Creek one day but given the amount of clearing and building work to be done, I suspect I may be disappointed. I’ll keep trying though!

I’ll leave you with a goodbye wave from the path.  Until next time…

handprint

66 thoughts on “A Platypus Quest: Six Mile Creek Discoveries

  1. Hi Jane, thanks for another enjoyable post with many great pics. I love insects, so keep them coming! But I tend to scream when surprised by spiders. I think your impressive grey beast (and very impressed you got close enough to take such a good picture) is probably a grey huntsman spider Holconia immanis. Hope those platypi survive the development – it looks fairly horrible. Cheers, Paula

    • Thanks, Paula! I’m glad you enjoy insect pics. Thanks for the spider ID! I hoped someone would help out. I’ll change the post shortly. Yes, even though I appreciate spiders, I tend not to like being surprised by them either.
      I don’t have high hopes for platypus surviving the development but perhaps they will find some safe spots and not be too affected by the changes and the noise. I think the development was approved in the days when people weren’t as concerned about creek environments. Thanks for reading and your help. Great to hear from you. 🙂

  2. Sad to hear another supermarket is going in! They’ll probably build an underground carpark to handle most of the flooding/erosion.
    You’re spot on about the platypus. I’ve seen plenty in zoos, but never seen one in the wild. Just the other day, I found out that they live in my local stretch of the Murray, and I’ve never seen one (I’ve been here for 5 years!). So I’ll be looking a bit harder from now on!
    P.S. the pollinators are hoverflies, wonderful little creatures!

    • Thanks for the ID of the hoverflies! They were so tiny, I couldn’t actually see them properly until I looked on my computer screen at home.
      Yes, I really can’t believe another supermarket is going in. There are already so many in this small area. This one seems much too close to a creek. I know there has been an action group that tried to stop work happening. Sadly, I think the land was purchased and plans were approved when the environmental laws were less strict.
      You haven’t seen a platypus in the wild either? I actually haven’t met anyone who has yet, and I know many hikers! I hope you get to see one in their natural habitat one day. Thanks for reading and your help, Manu. I appreciate it. 🙂

  3. Hi Jane. I am also always looking for that elusive Platypus, I remember a particularly cold night spent searching for one near Pine Valley Hut on the Overland track as someone in our group had seen one. When Me and the other 12 of my group checked out the creek it wasn’t that surprising that we didn’t see one. But…… I have seen 2 platypus swimming in the wild, I feel it was kind of cheating as it was at the Eungella platypus viewing station at Broken Creek. It’s in the wild, so it counts. So visit Mackay, drive up the mountain to Eungella and tick off that “platypus in the wild” box. Next on my list is To find a kiwi in the wild! Wish me luck.

    • It seems platypus like to tease many of us! I think you can count that experience at Eungella as a tick though. As you say, it is in the wild. Next time I am up north I will check it out. It may be my only chance! Thanks for the great tip! I have come very close on a few occasions on hikes, but walkers ahead of me frightened them away. They got to see them though. Kiwi in the wild? I do wish you luck on your quest! Thanks for reading and adding your own platypus experiences. 🙂

  4. Another wonderful post Jane! Just love your excellent fungi pictures, so beautiful! The thing to remember when stalking Platypus is that they, like most Australian animals are nocturnally active. On rear occasions in shaded ponds one might see one, but in most occasions they spend the heat of the day under the riverbank in their den. If you know platypus have been sighted in a location go there at sunset or sunrise and watch patiently for activity. I use to spend my time telling tourists that they would not see platypus in the day time when they visited a place where i use to see them. The only place I have seen them in the daytime on the mainland, other than in Tasmania is Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra in the back hills, in the Sanctuary section, you will also see Brolgas there. I featured them on a previous blog, but you will not see them properly until dark when they move about between dams and rivers, dragging their tails behind them.

    • Thanks for the excellent platypus sighting tips! I’ve been there very early in the morning and late afternoon but not night-time. It’s a bit of a dodgy area so I will have to take someone with me at night. It’s possible one of the residents may ring the police as well if I am there at night. It’s that kind of suburb! 😉 But I will certainly give it a go. I think people have seen platypus at Canungra near Springbrook National Park. I believe there are camping grounds near the creek there so perhaps that may be a good place for me to try to see them safely at night. I do hope that our platypus survive the developments going on here. I have only been as far south as Dubbo in NSW but hope to make it down to Tasmania one day. I’m looking forward to seeing more of our beautiful country and its wildlife.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It was thrown together in a bit of a hurry I’m afraid. Thanks for your kind feedback and support of my blog. I appreciate it. 🙂

  5. Again I am impressed by all the details you discover on your adventures. The details and the colours of the insects are stunning! And you have captured them perfectly in your pictures. For the huntsman spider on the other hand, it would have scared the crap out of me! What would you say the size of it was?

    • Thanks for the lovely comments. You are kind. I’m glad you enjoyed the insect shots. The spider certainly gave me a fright. It’s not an exaggeration to say it was as big as my hand. She was a beauty. I’ve seen them in my house often but they are much smaller. That’s why I wondered if it was a different species. I hope I see one like this again, but not so close to my face! Have a great week. 🙂

  6. A wonderful post and, what I love most of all on your blogs, some spine tingling pictures of gum trees in the bush. I miss them so much after all these years.

    • Thanks, Susan! I didn’t realise that you missed our Australian bush so much. I do hope you get a chance to visit again one day. I know it’s a very long flight though and costly! I love our gum trees and would miss them if I did move. They are quite magnificent aren’t they? I love the sound of the wind through their leaves and the different kind of trunk surfaces. Thanks for reading and commenting. Looking forward to another interesting post from you. I hope Montenegro is fun. 🙂

  7. What a beautiful walk ! I love all the pictures you’ve taken. The mushrooms look so interesting, and the “furry pays” are quite spectacular. I love dragonfly, but I often see blue or green ones, but barely any red ones here. I tried to have a look at the spider and… I must say there was something cute about it. I still can’t believe I’m saying that :D:D:D

    Thanks for sharing ! I hope you will see a platypus soon ! I would love to see one as well, even in a zoo 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed my walk too. Most of the dragonflies I see in this area are the red kind so I get excited when I see the odd blue one. Your comment about the spider made me smile. Strangely, I think she does look rather cute when you enlarge her head. Her face with all those eyes is kind of amusing. I guess it helps that she is only on the computer screen and not really close to our face! Heheh.
      I hope you get to see a platypus too one day. Thanks for your lovely words. 🙂

      • I managed to look at pictures of the wolf spider and the jumping spider without struggling too much. But for the other kind of spiders, it’s more difficult. But I will get there eventually. And like you said, it’s “only” a picture, don’t ask me to look at them in the wild 😀 Have a nice week !

  8. Another entertaining read Jane. I think your quest to find a platypus in Brisbane is going to prove a difficult one for the reasons you mentioned – development. I have seen platypus in the wild at canungra creek vineyard. There was a little creek there that has a few platypus living there and we were lucky enough to spot one. That was a few years ago now though.
    Oh the joys of coming face to face with one of our large hairy arachnid friends! I can imagine the blood cuddling scream you must have emitted to gain the attention of the local cricketers! Still, nice to know they showed some concern instead of just carrying on playing their game.

    • Thanks, Amanda! I’m excited that you’ve seen platypus at Canungra, although I guess it was a few years ago. I really must go camping around there and try my luck at spotting one. Thanks for the tip. I’m glad you’ve seen the elusive creature anyway!
      Yes, I was heartened that the cricketers did check what was happening. So often it’s reported that people have heard screams and not investigated. It was good of them, even though I was embarrassed at the time!
      Thanks for reading and sharing your experiences and thoughts, Amanda. Have a great week! 🙂

    • That’s very kind of you to say! Thank you. I greatly admire your wonderful bird (and all the other) shots and always look forward to the daily posts. Your writing is always entertaining too. I do hope you have some good weather for cycling days this week. I know how much I enjoy getting out on two wheels. Have a lovely week. 🙂

  9. Hi Jane,
    Did you know Latrobe in Tasmania is Australia’s platypus capital? (I’m not sure if that’s a self-declared title, or one that’s widely accepted.) Unfortunately we’ve only driven through Latrobe and haven’t done any platypus spotting there. Nor have we seen any in the wilds of Victoria – yet. Fingers always crossed for that sighting!
    Lovely spider. Glad I was nowhere near. I’d still be shaking in my shoes!
    😊

    • Thanks Dayna! Well, thank you for the heads up on Australia’s platypus capital. I had no idea. Now I can plan for that dream trip south! You haven’t seen one in the wild either? You’ve been on many more hikes in more diverse places than me. Just goes to show how shy they are and tricky to spot.
      I’m glad you like the spider picture. She’s a beauty. I am happy to look at them from a distance but not touch them!
      Thanks for reading and adding your platypus location knowledge, Dayna. Many happy adventures on the Brompton. I loved your recent blog post on the Melbourne jaunt. 🙂

  10. Awesome pics of the dragonflies Jane, they are my favourite insect of all time! Shame about the hairy arachnid though……ooooh yuk!! I would have done the screaming act too. Cant stand them 😦 Looks like a pretty area for a platypus search (shame about the shopping centre), so good luck in your quest to find one. I remember camping in the bush when I was just a child, with my parents trying to make all 5 of us kids stay quiet long enough to see a platypus. LOL. So I have been lucky enough to see some, but was too young to understand what all the fuss was about. Fast forward to the present day, and I would be quite ecstatic to see one!

    • Thank you! Dragonflies are pretty special. They tease me all the time and I rarely am able to get photographs of them. They have such interesting features. I sometimes think they look more like robots/machines.
      Sorry about the hairy spider. 🙂 I lived in one place where they were extremely common and got used to them being around (as long as they didn’t crawl on me!) My problem is with ticks and worm parasites. I feel really sick looking at them.
      I’m so glad you’ve seen platypus in the wild. Yes, it is funny how as kids we might not understand the excitement over certain things and then as an adult realise how special they are. Sometimes it is the reverse case too. I hope you get to see another platypus one day as an adult so you can enjoy the excitement. Thanks for reading and sharing your own platypus experiences. I was just thinking how enjoyable it is to find out so many thoughts about the topic. I guess that is why forums are popular. Have a great week, Leah. I must get back and check your blog again for more great pics. 🙂

  11. I hope that you continue your quest to see a platypus in the wild, because you sure brought back some awesome photos so far! Trying to pick a favorite would be pointless. Overall though, I’m struck by how similar species of insects and flowers look to the ones that we have here, but are completely different in color.

    The forested area along the creek looks so inviting, it will be a crime if that part is being bulldozed for the new development.

    I may not have screamed, but that spider would have freaked me out if I had come face to face with it at close range. 😉

    • Hi Jerry,
      Thanks very much for your kind words about my photos. I’m not sure they deserve such high praise but I do appreciate it. I enjoy finding little things to photograph and share. It helps me to relax and just have some fun.
      Yes, I’ve been told before that we have similar flowers and creatures to you but that often they are quite different in colour. I was quite surprised when I first saw red shouldered blackbirds from the US. I had no idea they could be anything but black and white. They are rather startling! I was also surprised by your variety of swans and pelicans.
      The creek area is very lovely. I am embarrassed to admit I hadn’t been down to this particular creek until I heard about the dead platypus. I’ve driven over the creek many times but had not known that pathways existed down there. I had thought it was all private land. Anyway, now I intend to enjoy it as much as I can before it’s possibly destroyed.
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Jerry. Nice to know you are still alive after those long hours on those sometimes crazy roads. I always enjoy your beautiful photos. I hope you continue to have fun with your new camera and have time to enjoy the warmer Michigan weather. 🙂

  12. Gorgeous photos as usual Jane. I particularly love your pictures of the bark. They look fantastic places side by side. What time did you arrive at the creek? I believe dawn and dusk are best for platypus. I have aren’t one in the wild once long ago – to be honest it looked like a moving stick in the water! Attenborough and co do a better job that real life!! I have gone looking for them a few time but noisy kids as company makes your chance nil I think…. Isn’t it wonderful having rich urban spaces nearby in the suburbs?

    • Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the pics. We have so many different kinds of bark on our natives. I still get a kick out of touching them and examining them. I’m glad you appreciate them too.
      Yes, I suspect if I see a platypus, it may only be a quick glimpse. I tried early morning and late afternoon, but there were the weekend armies of whipper-snippers, mowers and BBQs to be heard in the distance so I don’t think that helped much! Yeah, kids do tend to scare away quite a bit of wildlife. Mine are grown up now but I still remember those early “exciting” days… 🙂
      We are very fortunate to have so much wildlife areas still in the suburbs. I’m very thankful there are still so many green spaces left. Thanks for reading and sharing your own platypus story. Happy backyard adventures! They are very entertaining! 🙂

    • Thanks, Brittany! My kids would smile at the National Geographic comment because it’s a bit of a family joke. You see, when we lived in a place that was remote and had no TV reception they watched a collection of Nat Geo and other nature docs over and over and over again. I’m afraid they had to put up with my love for the topic in the same way we had to listen to our parents’ music. 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed the pics. Have a great week! 🙂

  13. Great post Jane. So many interesting things to see if our own backyard. You got a good shot there of an assassin bug (beside the lady beetle). Tom loves these things. They apparently have an extremely painful “bite” if they spike you with the long thing on their face (that’s a technical term :P).

    • Thanks Cameron!
      I used to have a huge pet assassin bug called Cheryl that I fed mealworms to. I didn’t know Cheryl was pregnant until I found strange eggs cases on the floor of the terrarium. These hatched into numerous babies! A bit of cannibalism went on I can tell you. Cheryl jabbed me on a few occasions so I’ve experienced the pain. It is surprising how much they hurt and stay sore for a while! They aren’t the most friendly of pets, but interesting nonetheless! Great to hear from you, Cameron. I’m looking forward to your Warrie Circuit pics. After heavy rainfall, I’m sure it must look amazing. I’m wondering if you got any leeches as I’ve heard they are prolific there in wet weather. I just got paralysis ticks and horseflies! 🙂

  14. As always I loved seeing your photos of things that I will probably never see for myself. What an interesting and diverse world we live in! I loved that hairy spider and hope you do encounter a platypus some time. I’d sure love to see one!

    • Thank you! Yes, we do live in a marvelously diverse world. It’s amazing to think how many species are out there. That’s one of the lovely things about blogging. We get to see people’s every day experiences with the flora and fauna in their region – places that we may never be able to visit ourselves. I do hope though that you have an opportunity to visit Australia and that I am able to visit your country as well somehow. Thank you for the lovely feedback. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I also love seeing your part of the world through your blog. The forests and mountains are so different to my world! 🙂

    • Hahah! Nice to hear from you. Thanks for reading and adding your thoughts. I’m glad I didn’t have to change my underwear. That would have increased my embarrassment when the cricketers checked on me! Have a great week, Rob. 😀

    • Oh, thank you, Steve, for the chicory identification! It does indeed look like it! I found this group of flowers in a little area which was was down a slope from a house property. I wondered if the group of three different plants (pink, white, blue) were from seeds or cuttings washed down the hill. I have drunk chicory before as an alternative to coffee so it’s interesting to read about this plant. When I returned, a local government employee has mown it all down, so my photos may be the last record of them, unless they reshoot from the root system.
      Thank you for the entomologist term “exuviae.” The father of my three children was a qualified entomologist many years ago, so you’d think I would know these things. Sadly, I was too busy changing nappies to take much in although the topic fascinated me.
      Thank you once again for your informative comments. I always learn something new it seems. I really appreciate your help, especially with the wildflowers as I have little botanical knowledge (to my regret.)
      I also enjoy your beautifully composed photographs. I run out of intelligent new comments to make about them though. I will have to extend my vocabulary and general knowledge. 🙂

      • Chicory as a coffee substitute is a tradition in America, too. I immediately thought about Café du Monde in New Orleans, which is known for its coffee-chicory mixture:

        http://www.cafedumonde.com/coffee

        My background is not at all in biology (nor do I have any experience changing nappies [which we call diapers here] {but I do have experience with brackets and braces inside of parentheses}), so I learn new things all the time through my nature photography.

        Your posts are always entertaining, and I’ve learned from them too, so don’t sell yourself short.

        • Thanks, Steve. You are certainly an expert at brackets, braces and parentheses. I wouldn’t be game to use them all! I have enough trouble getting brackets right. 😉

  15. Jane, That is truly an awesome spider! Your photographs of the delights and curiosities along Six Mile Creek are also awesome.
    I have been fortunate enough to see platypus in the wild, including Victoria, from time to time over the years. The most memorable sightings were also in Eungella National Park at Broken Creek both at dusk and in the early morning. Early one morning, I was looking over the rail of the road bridge which crosses Broken Creek down at a platypus fossicking about in the shallows stirring up the water and mud. An azure kingfisher kept it company diving into the water from time to time to snatch up some creature disturbed by the platypus – magical!

    • Thank you, Margaret! I enjoy sharing the sights from my walks with you! I love the posts you share – the beautiful gardens, artwork or historical homes.
      I am delighted that you have had platypus sightings. The description of your most memorable sighting that included the azure kingfisher sounds magical. A few people have mentioned Eungella to me. I hope to visit the National Park one day.
      I’m glad you liked my spider. I think she’s beautiful. Have a lovely week. 🙂

  16. Once again I am mesmerized by your findings along the hike, and the varied subjects of photography are intriguing. Your curious nature is much like my own. And, I love that you say you sat for hours at the water hoping to catch sight of the elusive Platypus. That is how I can be with the deer. It often leads to me becoming distracted by something else… lured onto other adventures. Your hikes are so interesting! Thank you for wonderful entertainment… again!

    • Ah, thank you, Lori! You are always so encouraging. When I read blogs like yours I realise I am not so alone in my curiosity and love of being in nature. Sometimes I feel a little like I am being a bit too childlike in my fascination of creatures, tree bark etc. But then I look at some behaviour in the world by adults and think I am perfectly happy to be labelled childlike! 😀
      If I had the time I would spend all day just sitting in the bush waiting, watching and discovering!
      Thanks again for your support and for sharing your wonderful tales with the world! Have a beautiful week. 🙂

  17. I just know you and I would enjoy nature walking together. I’ve taken lots of pictures of mushrooms through the years on the blog, unfortunately most of my stuff is intermingled with family items as well so they are hard to find in the archives. I LOVED every picture and the spider is beautiful, I truly do not like spiders at all because one of my boys got bit by one a few years ago. He is fine but has a nice quarter sized scar on his stomach from it. It was a very painful couple of days for him. Yesterday the children and I had a nice little walk and came across flowers in bloom, a few woodpeckers, wild onion, an abandoned Canadian Goose nest, and lots more toads. I’ll try to post about it eventually.
    I love how entertainingly you write, there are plenty of “dry” blogs out there but yours keeps me interested all the way to the end, love the handprint! Happy day to you, Jane!

    • Hi Shanda,
      What lovely comments! Thank you! Yes, I am sure we would have a wonderful time nature walking together. I love your family as well as your nature shots. Your blog is a beautiful record of your life indoors, outdoors and with growing loved ones. We often forget so much but your posts will give you and your children pretty special visual memories. When I have a little more time I will be able to search back through your archives and enjoy the ones I have missed. I can understand why you don’t like spiders much after your son’s episode. We have some very venomous ones here and others that can cause sickness but not death. Funnel web spiders are one of them but not wide spread. Red-back spiders are much more common and like places like pot plants and houses. I’m glad your son recovered from his encounter but it must have been very concerning for you and painful for him. Your walk yesterday sounds delightful! We don’t have woodpeckers here and nearly all the geese I see are introduced domestic geese. As I wrote on your blog I mostly see introduced cane toad in my yard. I’m hoping to visit some swampy area where I may see and hear some native amphibian species. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my blog. I appreciate the kind words. Your photography is excellent, Shanda. Thank you for sharing your life with me. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  18. Sad to say but I think you’re right about not seeing another platypus know that development is going on. The area looks delightful though. I have heard that there are platypus in creeks just out of town here but when we stopped on the bridges with a bus load of seniors the other days and peered into the depths we had no luck in spotting one. 🙂 Maybe if I went for a walk and sat on the banks I might have a little more success.
    Hope you are well Jane. 🙂

    • Hi Suze,
      Yeah, I think I am probably being a bit hopeful about seeing more in six mile creek, but while I can I will try and spend more time there. It is quite relaxing, apart from coming face to face with a surprise spider. 🙂 I’m going along OK, but had a few health issues re-surface and haven’t had much time available either so it’s been more short walks in the park lately. I have some personal projects I really want to get done this year and I really need to increase my income too so I may be taking a break from blogging soon, although it’s been absolutely lovely to make contacts this way and receive such kind support and encouragement. Best wishes with your new endeavours and projects. It sounds exciting. New directions always mean something else has to take less priority for a while (such as blogging). I hope Mothers’ Day was ok for you. For some of us it can be a difficult time. Thanks for reading and commenting. It’s so lovely to hear from you again. x

  19. This is a wonderful photo essay Jane. I love the clarity of your photos capturing the detail of these beautiful creatures and flowers.

    I’ve never seen a platypus in the wild and would love to. Their habitats usually are very peaceful places to hang out so I can imagine how easy it was to spend time there waiting. Well apart from the huntsman… 🙂

    • Thanks Gail! I took hundreds of pics waiting around for a platypus so I’m bound to get lucky with a few of them being clear. These days my eyes and my shaky hands add some challenge to the process. 😉
      You haven’t seen a platypus in the wild either? Yes, it would be wonderful and I’m determined to visit potential spots soon. Platypus and I share a common love for quiet spots. Next time, I hope I will see the giant huntsman spiders before I lean against the tree!
      Thanks for reading and your kind comments, Gail. Looking forward to your Canberra posts about cycling opportunities. 🙂

  20. I thoroughly enjoyed this post! I so hope you find a platypus…you’re right about those lichens. I saw one just yesterday that was quite insistent about being photographed 🙂
    And the spider! Wow, what a beauty. I’m sure I would have also been making noises.

    • Thanks, Melissa, for the lovely feedback! Hehe…I’m glad you feel the same way about lichens. 🙂 I find them fascinating. I love to take pictures and them blow them up on the screen to see all the interesting shapes. Your comments are much appreciated, and so is the beautiful artwork on your site! Have a lovely week. 🙂

  21. Jane, another marvellous post! I was drawn by the title. Throughout my 3 years in Australia I made it a mission to see a wild platypus. Every time we passed a body of water (even at speed in a car) I’d be searching. I finally saw one in a creek at Cradle Mountain in TAS. I just felt the creek was perfect for them, so when my son (at the time 18mths) went to bed I popped out for the last of the light. It was dusk, when under a thick canopy of trees that I saw one pop up like a cork, to the surface and splash around like a child’s bath toy. It was too dark for a photo, but that dark shape splashing around in the water is burned in to my memory. 🙂 I know that you will see one. Some say it is luck but I say, you make your own luck by spending time, quietly, in the right places, as you clearly do. 🙂

    • Thanks, David, for your kind feedback about my post! I’m glad you understand my desire to see a platypus in the wild and you finally got to see one. Your encounter sounds delightful! I’m going to trying camping near Canungra Creek in the hope that I’ll spot one there at night. Eventually I hope to visit Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, so maybe I’ll see one there, like you did. Thanks for sharing your lovely platypus experience! When I wrote the post I didn’t anticipate that my readers would share their experiences. It’s been a pleasure to find out how many have seen platypus and what the circumstances were. 🙂

    • I love fungi and on that walk I saw my first earth star so it was very memorable for me. Thanks very much for reading and commenting, Marina. Best wishes. 🙂

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