Welcome to Day 16 of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is:
Edited extract from one of my articles published in an English language newspaper in Spain:
The platypus is an animal I had learnt about in school. Unique to Australia it is not a marsupial, but a monotreme – or egg-laying mammal.
These little creatures live in burrows on the banks of freshwater lakes, rivers and streams. They only venture out early in the morning and evening. They are nervous as actors with stage fright.
The accommodation I picked near Mount Field National Park in Tasmania was specifically chosen because I had heard that it had a small lake containing a colony of six wild platypuses.
On the evening we arrived we caught a brief glimpse of movement out on the lake.
In the ill-lit dusk we hazily managed to identify a platypus through our binoculars. It wasn’t enough.
The following morning I rose early and crept out in the misty dawn.
As I neared the lake I spotted disturbances in the water close to the shore. I approached with care and was rewarded with three platypuses diving for breakfast, sleek as miniature otters.
Crouched in the dew damp grass, at that moment I didn’t care if I saw nothing else in Tasmania.
See you tomorrow – I’m heading north. Can you guess where and what the next animal will be?
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