Man­ag­ing monotremes

LOOK­ING FOR FOOT­PRINTS IN WA­TER

Australian Geographic - - Walk About -

Kwere EEPING DRY AND WARM tough for Doug Gimesy while on as­sign­ment for our platy­pus con­ser­va­tion ar­ti­cle: “The big­gest chal­lenge when pho­tograph­ing in a stream is usu­ally mak­ing sure you don’t get down so low that wa­ter flows over and into your waders. How­ever, on my last field day for this as­sign­ment, wa­ter is­sues came from be­low. I’d been kneel­ing in the mid­dle of a small stream and as I stood up felt a tug near my knee. Sec­onds later I felt the cool flow of river wa­ter run down my leg and re­alised I’d ripped my waders. Was it a big is­sue? It wouldn’t have been if it had been in sum­mer or hap­pened at the end of the night, but when the air tem­per­a­ture was 3oC, the river wa­ter was 4oC, and it hap­pened right at the start of the night, it was tough know­ing I’d be go­ing back into the wa­ter with leak­ing waders many more times that night to try to get the per­fect shot!”

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