Fauna turned up in droves (flocks, schools, murders, parliaments, armies) last Friday night to watch about two dozen members of the King Parrot Creek Environmental Group wander through the bush on the monthly spotlight walk in Coonans Reserve, on the banks of the King Parrot Creek.
Before sunset, four Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) had counted eight humans watching from the creek banks in Coonans Reserve, the biggest number ever seen. This survey is held for the Platypus Conservancy every three months. One platypus and a Rakali or Native Water Rat (Hydromys chrysogaster) reported four more humans further downstream in the Burslems Bridge vicinity. Other fauna watching the count included Sacred Kingfishers (Todiramphus sanctus) (pictured above), Grey Fantails and Eastern Yellow Robins.
After the sun had set, Trent, using his thermal-imaging camera, led the way through the paths in the reserve. Watching proceedings were Brush-tail Possums, Sugar Gliders and even a Pobblebonk or Eastern Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerili). Some birds
found the evening dragging on and were found asleep in the dense foliage of the Tree Violets (Melicytus dentatus) .
The Boobook Owls who turned up to watch last time had obviously decided to go elsewhere this time. The evening concluded with drinks and nibblies (for the humans).
Far be it for me to start rumours but the photo (below left) of a platypus taken last Friday looks remarkably similar to the historic image of Loch Ness monster (below right). Was there a platypus paddling around in Loch Ness all those years ago or is there something more sinister lurking in our creek? Maybe at the spotlight walk next month we’ll find out.
The wildlife can’t wait to see what turns up.