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I have a creek running through one side of my property, there are Platypus living along some sections. They are very timid and disappear at the slightest noise or movement.
These are the first time I have managed to photograph any of them. Not very good shots, the creek was in deep shadow, hence the high iso, 3200 and 6400.
I went for a walk along the creek when I got home from work, hoping to get some bird shots. I spotted another Platypus (or maybe the same one ) It was in a well shaded section as usual .
I managed to get a few shots before I spooked it, I tried to crouch down to get a clear shot under a low hanging branch and I crunched a twig under my foot, the Platypus disappeared instantly. I waited about 20 minutes for it to resurface, no such luck.
These are handheld with the Nikon D7100 and Tamron 150-600 , @ 600mm, f6.7, 1/500th, and iso 3200.
How lucky to have them in your 'backyard' ...... have seen the odd one in the wild over the years.
At Bombala they swim in the river behind the caravan park (have not had much luck photographing them) .... also out of town there is a viewing platform as well (spotted a snake swim across the river while we were at the platform - from the opposite side TO the side we were on).
"If you change the way you look at things ........ the things you look at change"
Cheers Barb, Stephan, and Lloyd. Yes I consider myself to be lucky everyday to live where I do. Its great to be able to walk around my property and see the wildlife.
I haven't been back down to the creek since I took those last lot of photos, too busy with work and life in general, will have to make time soon.
I took these photos off the end of my verandah this afternoon, these Wompoo Pigeons seem to be using this hollow on the side of this tree for a nest, they have been coming and going from here for a few weeks now. The base of the tree is down where I was standing when I took the photos of the Platypus, the hollow branch is about 20 meters up, it is on the same level as my verandah, but about 45 meters out. It is heavily tree'd with plenty of shade, makes it a bit difficult.
I took them handheld with the Nikon D7100, and Tamron 150-600.
@600mm, f6.3, 1/1250, iso3200
Cheers Anna, my book shows their habitat right the way up the coast to Cape York, so you should have them around your area.
We are lucky to have them resident in the bush around our house, we see and hear them on a daily basis, I am finding it a bit challenging to get good photos of them though, they are always in the shady areas, so I am always pushing the limits with iso and slow shutter speeds.
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