Happiness is a morning walk with a Platypus

When I walk in the morning I often see the platypus swimming in the creek, about halfway through my walk, whihc makes it a nice place to stop for a minute or so and just contemplate how beautiful Mother Nature can be.  Even though I see them fairly often, they never cease to give me a sense of peace and happiness when I spot them in the water splashing around.

Last week there were 2, parent and offspring I think, and the little one was scratching their back flank, which was causing him to go round and round in circles on his side in the water, it was so funny.

This morning I took my phone and got a short video, but I can’t upload it here as I have a free WP site which doesn’t allow me too.  Instead, I have posted it on my instagram account, you can also find the link at the bottom of my website home page of,  if you would like to watch it.  (I think you might have to be on instagram (which is free) to see it though, so that might not work if instagram isn’t your thing.

If you are not familiar with a platypus, they are 1 of the 2 uniquely Australian monotremes (mammals who lay eggs) – the other being an Echidna (also a favourite of mine, you can read about my Echi adventure here).

Below is a photo I extracted from the video, I’m sure they were looking at me this morning. 🙂

Platypus

 

Work Road Trip

The last two days of this week I had to go away for work, and I managed to get a couple of reasonable photos on my old camera, as I am still waiting for my new one to arrive.

Moorhen Bathing

Moorhen Bathing

This Moorhen in my backyard was bathing in a puddle on my path.

Still Water Port Huon, Tasmania
Still Water
Port Huon, Tasmania

These boats were taken just 3 minutes up the road.  Now I am not a fan of boat photos, but the water was still as glass and I could not resist the reflections.

Kelvedon Beach,  East Coast, Tasmania
Kelvedon Beach,
East Coast, Tasmania
Kelvedon Beach,  East Coast, Tasmania
Kelvedon Beach,
East Coast, Tasmania

Thursday was a beautiful day to be driving up the East Coast, but unfortunately due to time restrictions I didn’t really have an opportunity to take photos.  These two photos were taken on the roadside.  What you don’t see is the Panaorama photo I thought I had taken!  (The view extends in an arc over 180 degrees at this point).  It was beautiful on a 28 degree day – the sparkle on the water, the distant spume against the land making a little mist that hugged the coastline, and the lone tree, bent against the wind near the tumbledown wall.

A Friend on the Road, Fingal, Tasmania
A Friend on the Road, Fingal, Tasmania

Driving through country near Fingal I stopped to take a picture of a crow (which I didn’t get) and instead took this lovely face peering at the road. I love the shaggy ears.

Ruffled Feathers, Lake Dove, Oatlands, Tasmania
Ruffled Feathers, Lake Dulverton, Oatlands, Tasmania

This little black water bird amongst the Seagulls at lake Dulverton amused me, and the wind ruffling his feathers seemed opportune just after I clicked the button!

Windmill Oatlands, Tasmania
Windmill
Oatlands, Tasmania

The working windmill at Oatlands.  I love the white sails against the blue sky, and it made a nice sound as it ticked over.

Odd Bird Out, Lake Dove, Oatlands, Tasmania
Odd Bird Out, Lake Dulverton, Oatlands, Tasmania

The black water bird again, love how he has actually merged with the seagull behind.  Lake Dulverton was abounding with birdlife of all kinds.

Hope you enjoyed my little road trip, next time I will allow more time so I can take some proper photos.