Koji has kindly agreed to share some photographs of a platypus he caught in the wild in Tasmania last week. Platypus sightings are quite rare and we have never seen one in this busy day tripper area.
Over to Koji:
My wife, her uncle and I went to Cradle on Friday for bushwalking and stayed at the Scout Hut near Crater Lake. On the way back to Ronny Creek carpark on Saturday, about noon, we walked past other hikers and they said to us they saw a platypus in a little creek along the boardwalk so we kept en eye out for that.
As we approached the place we saw the platypus swimming along a creek.
I couldn’t believe that! So I quickly took out my camera (Nikon D40 with an average lens) and tried to shoot him but my lens wasn’t good enough so I went closer to him and got some shots.
Who is Koji?: As for me I am a full blooded Japanese, just moved to Tasmania with my wife in April from Tokyo.
We currently live in a suburb called North Down, near Devonport (my wife is from this area). I used to be a business consultant in Tokyo but ditched it and decided to explore better possibilities in Tassie, rather than sitting on a computer all day. Outdoor stuff is one of the possibilities for me!
Many thanks to Koji for sharing these great images and we both really hope he can “live the dream” here in Oz and enjoy the beautiful Tasmanian environment.
Have your come across a platypus in the wild? We would love to hear your story.
We were lucky enough to see one at Lake Elizabeth in the Otway National Park in Victoria a few years ago.
Cain also shared a ripper photograph of one up on the Cradle Plateau (covered in ice) – It’s well worth a look