Firsts for the Yarra in Ivanhoe

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Subject: Firsts for the Yarra in Ivanhoe
From: Bill Stent <>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2015 22:28:33 +0000
Hi all, Bill here

I heard my first Sacred Kingfisher (for the season, at least) while
walking on the Yarra this morning.  It complements the Fan-tailed
Cuckoo a week or so back.

The other thing that was a first for me, yesterday at the same spot
(between the Wilson Reserve and the Bourke Road bridge) I saw a
platypus swimming slowly downstream in the middle of the river.  At
first I simply saw a wake coming towards me, with no obvious cause - I
initially thought it was a duck, but then thought it might have been a
Darter swimming mostly underwater, or possibly an eel. After a while I
got a good look at it from high on a bank, and realised what it was.
I've never seen a platypus in the wild anywhere before, and to see one
in the Yarra in the metropolitan area was quite a pleasant shock.

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