Yes it’s true … canoeists paddling through Black Rock Gorge on a mission to control willows along the upper Murrumbidgee River found a ‘stranded’ juvenile Platypus in a sinkhole on the bedrock platform of what is now known as ‘platypus falls’. Unable to climb out, the little platy was swimming ‘round and round’ in the sinkhole and by the bedraggled looks of it, maybe had been there for a while!
Upon being hauled up, the little platy rested, exhausted in the rescuer’s hands … but to our delight … after about 5 minutes started to preen itself. 20 minutes later, its fur fluffed up like a mink coat on parade, our platy friend was larking about amongst the rocks near the edge of a nearby pool where it had been placed … oblivious that we were watching!
Black Rock Gorge is a little travelled, pristine and (to say the least) highly scenic section of the upper Murrumbidgee River … part of which forms the Scottsdale Reserve boundary. This part of the river is also the home of several nationally listed threatened fish species.
Bush Heritage at Scottsdale is a key partner of the Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach (UMDR). Under this local partnership, Bush Heritage is actively supporting the UMDR Community Willow Control project which has been engaging with adventurous volunteers to canoe Black Rock Gorge and do environmental weeding along the way.
Hopefully the pictures speak for themselves to show how this worthwhile project is helping to protect a pretty spectacular part of the upper Murrumbidgee.