Could it be?
A rather content-looking Platypus putting on a show for some very lucky visitors at the Bridge to Bridge Reserve.
Platypus are more common in the Seven Creeks system than you may think. Locals and visitors see them fairly regularly in various spots from Polly McQuinn’s upstream to Strathbogie and beyond. This one was spotted near Smith’s Bridge on the edge of Strathbogie Township by regular visitors (Brad and Callum) to the Reserve.
If you’ve seen a Platypus on the Tableland, get in touch so that we can record your observation and improve our understanding of these exquisite creatures.
More info on Platypus at the Australian Platypus Conservancy. And you can see where Platypus have been recorded across Victoria (including this sighting) at platypusSPOT. or on the Atlas of Living Australia.
Granite tors below The Horn, with the High Country beyond.
Whenever I visit one of the higher peaks in the Strathbogies, I look for distant landmarks, like Mt Buller, Mt Torbreck, or Mt Buffalo. There’s something special about getting a bit of altitude and seeing distant parts of the landscape, especially if I’ve been to those places in person and can picture exactly what that distant view looks like, close-up.
On a recent visit to The Horn, the south-westerly tip of Mt Buffalo, despite the hazy conditions, the higher peaks of the North-east were clearly visible (The Cobbler, The Bluff etc), but I also wondered whether I could discern my precious Strathbogies among the higher peaks and jagged skyline. I knew it wouldn’t be straightforward as we hardly have any peaks to speak of, compared to the rugged North-east. The information-panorama at the carpark wasn’t much help so I had to resort to back-bearings and recognition of nearby topographic features. After much searching with binoculars I finally thought I recognized a prominent peak on the distant horizon. There was a very familiar and distinctive-shaped peak at about 227º SW, but I just couldn’t place it. I knew that Mt Buffalo was virtually due East of the Strathbogies, so this peak had to be south of my home Ranges. Then I recognised it – Mt Torbreck, of course! Continue reading
Hughes Creek Catchment Collaborative ( landcare network ) invites you to an evening with native fish expert Will Trueman .
Thursday 22nd October 2015 starting. 8 pm @ Old Ruffy Primary School . Nolans Road Ruffy contact Janet Hagen 57904268 .
Will Trueman is passionate about restoring native fish habitat . He has spent a lifetime exploring our creeks and researching the history of trout cod , macquarie perch and murray cod populations in the upper Goulburn
He is the author of “True Tales of Trout Cod: River histories of the Murray Darling Basin. Will is very interested in the native fish of the Hughes Creek and Seven Creeks . He has collected historial photographs and interviewed many of the pioneer families and older fisherman to build a picture of the changes in our river systems since first settlement.
Bring your fishing stories or photographs to share with the group .
Sorting seed: 50 kg seed, 27 species
Recipe for grassland restoration
- Scrape 150 mm of top soil off 1 hectare of paddock with a large grader
- Rough the surface up a bit with a cultivator
- Spread 50 kg of native grass and wildflower seed evenly over the whole surface.
- Spray the Seedbed with smoke water.
- Stand back and wait for rain
Sounds easy doesn’t it?
This is the recipe we have been following in partnership with the Euroa Arboretum as part of their Grassy Woodland Restoration Project.
If you are interested in learning more about this method of grassy ground cover Continue reading
I collect Waterwatch samples from the “Boat Hole” on the Hughes Creek each month and every time I visit I linger to catch a glimpse of the pair of platypus that inhabit that area.
If you are looking for quite picnic spot take your chairs, a book and some refreshments this is a great place. Sit very still on the banks and enjoy the wildlife attracted to this scenic reserve. A camera and binoculars would be useful. Only 2.5 kms from the Ruffy Store. Follow the gravel road from the shop- Turn off Nolans Road down the Boathole Road.
The Platypus forage along the far bank towards Mrs Threlfalls fence, they are nearly always present. Let me know if you see them.