Platypus spotting last weekend was great. It felt like whale watching on a smaller scale. They are only small cat sized, and stay under water about 30-60 seconds.
They are very easily startled and will disappear quickly if they see you when they open their eyes after a dive (yes, they close their eyes under water).
They are also very lazy and spend about 20hrs a day in their den only coming out for a couple of hours at dawn and dusk to eat.
I was really lucky to get a great video with my good camera before it got too dark. I had to be zoomed a long way out so it’s not really steady.
We saw 5 or more during the hour we were on the lake.
We will go back with Sarah and do a dawn trip to see the local birds next time!