The Duck-billed Platypus and the Australian Water Rat (vimeo.com/110552573) are the only two amphibious mammals in Australia. The Platypus is one of two egg laying mammals found in Australia. The other is the Echidna (vimeo.com/117461844).
Totally unique in appearance, platypus feed on small insects, snails, worms and the like on the bottom of water bodies in which they live.
Here, however is something that I have rarely seen – a platypus fossicking for food at the waters’ edge and just out of it. To see this behaviour in daylight is most unusual.
Filmed at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (tidbinbilla.act.gov.au/) near Canberra, at which they can often be seen during daylight hours, but not usually as good as this!! Also see vimeo.com/162467400