Platypus, Flinders Ranges National Park, Kangaroo Island, South AustraliaThis is the first platypus I had the pleasure of photographing. It was my first trip to Australia back in 2006. Platypus can be notoriously shy and elusive creatures so I was quite excited when I not only captured a photograph of this guy, but actually habituated him to my presence after about an hour or so of sitting by the edge of a pond in Flinders Ranges National Park on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. There was no one else around for the entire hour/hour and a half that I spent with the platypus. He/she kept diving and resurfacing, never still for a moment, making it a challenge as I was shooting with a 600mm manual focus lens back in those days.
Nikon D200 with Nikkor 600mm f/5.6 manual focus lens, ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/100th of a second

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  1. Sue September 5, 2017 at 11:42 pm #

    Totally awesome image, Sean! I love the ripples in the water that frame the platypus.

    • Sean Crane September 7, 2017 at 11:59 am #

      Thanks Sue. Definitely one of my favorite encounters in the wild. I was so excited after getting these shots.

  2. Peter Butterfield September 6, 2017 at 6:37 am #

    —– Evolutions cup
    —– Curious combo to stir
    —– Forming history.

  3. GH September 6, 2017 at 8:18 am #

    An amazing creature.

    • Sean Crane September 7, 2017 at 11:59 am #

      No doubt, Gray, no doubt.

  4. michael huber September 6, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    great pic. ) do these creature make friends right away or they glum all time. ? ` )

    • Sean Crane September 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

      Thanks Michael. They are quite personable little guys, but they do have a poisonous spur on their claws.

  5. Tom September 6, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    Nice pic Sean. Love the water ripples. Good stuff. Whenever I see a platypus if makes me think of this skit.
    A classic. Both the skit and the platypus. Enjoy!!!

    • Sean Crane September 7, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

      Ha. Good one Tommy B.