On Sunday morning 6th Sept, 65 people braved the 4:30am start (fortunately not too cold this year!) to see if they could spot a platypus. A total of 46 sites were surveyed along both Moggill Creek and Gold Creek (Upper and Lower). Dr Chris Hosking and her team of willing helpers did a great job of organising everyone, and conducting them to their observation posts at various spots along the creeks so that we were all in position by 5:15am, before the sun appeared.
There were 11 confirmed sightings this year, mostly along the lower reaches of Moggill creek and mid-Gold Creek. You can see a short video of one of the sightings here – thanks to Debra Miller and Tim Vanlint.
The team of observers enjoyed a great breakfast at the Brookfield Showgrounds, with an informative talk by UQ Honours student Tamielle Brunt on her platypus research. Wildlife Queensland also kindly brought along an informative display, including a very well preserved platypus for people to see ‘up close’!
For a map of the observation spots, and further information on survey findings, see the Platypus Survey page.
A big thank you to all volunteers and to Chris Hosking and her team, not forgetting the providers of the breakfast!