Canoe at Anna-branch Intake, Yabba Creek, Imbil, Queensland

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Ian Stehbens on January 15, 2010

Beneath the Moreton Bay Fig Tree, the old course of the creek leaves the main stream to reticulate water to the few farms and their herds on Imbil Island, a former pocket surrounded by the creek.

Water flow though the Anna-branch is maintained by a low weir downstream across Yabba Creek that raised the water level by a metre, sufficient to maintain a discharge in the Anna-branch.

Here twixt light from the setting sun and the falling shadows at another day's end, a canoe has been beached for the evening. On the southern bank, campers are beginning to cook their evening meals on portable gas stoves, whilst on the northern bank a lone photographer surreptitiously watches platypus playing near the bank (not far from its burrow) and scrub turkeys roaming and scratching for their final feed, and mullet leaping in the stream. The platypus may be elusive, but if one sits quietly and waits, they will soon be seen at this time of day. The large scrub turkeys do not nest in the trees, but rather incubate their eggs beneath a huge mound of forest floor leaves. One may be forgiven for imagining that they do not fly. At the end of this day, suddenly they took off from the far bank and flew 60M to perch for the night in the branches of a large tree, out of reach of predator foxes, dingoes or stray dogs.

What reaches of the creek will the canoe explore tomorrow?

Margrit M. Berger (S… on January 15, 2010

A creek full of surprises, thank you for describing this place, dear Ian, I am listening to you and I hope you don't mind, when I am right behind you to enjoy all this wonders! I watched so many documentary films about Australia on TV, they showed them in series and I was quite sad, when they finished, the more I am happy to adventure and discover the beauties of Queensland with you. I wonder that the platypus come out in the presence of people. I do wish you get one with your camera!

Thank you so much, my very best wishes, May

Theolfa on January 15, 2010

A glorious combination of colours and sunlight & shade, Ian and the canoe is a nice focal point. I really enjoyed the written description. Cheers! Theolfa

Ian Stehbens on January 15, 2010

Dear May,

I am very aware of your presence when I am photographing for Panoramio, especially so when it is the local rural areas that I know so well - my Emmental one might say. As for platypus, I see them often - when I am back in Imbil that is - but they aren't very easy to photograph as they are most active at night, and otherwise submerged, breaking the surface at intervals to breathe. I am delighted that you have appreciated the element of 'pleasant surprise'. It is that which is special about time spent beside this creek.


Silvyp on January 15, 2010

Amazing! thanks to add informations!

Have a nice weekend, maybe exploring a new valley or river! :)

Best Wishes


Ian Stehbens on January 15, 2010

Dear Silvy and Theolfa,

I appreciate your photographic affirmations and that you enjoyed the description of this little corner of my world.

Wherever I go the camera will be there, documenting my world which I now see so differently and more appreciatively because of my Panoramio friends around the world. Thank for your contributions to that.


sugarbag1 on January 16, 2010

Dear Ian,You discribed it all so well.As we don't have the platypus over in the west,I would like to see it too.The only ones I have seen are South Perth Zoo.Such an interesting creatiue and I am sure you can discribe it much better than me.By the way very good photo you have here and by the way May I too like looking at the documenterys about Australia on TV.Kinds Regards,David

Ian Stehbens on January 16, 2010

Thank you David for your visit and encouragement. The platypus is quite a special creature.

It is not usually approached by people, for fear of the venom that the male has in its hind leg spurs. It is also more active at night, and it is mostly a river-bottom feeder. Its burrows are usually very well concealed.

The construction of artificial river banks, removal of riparian vegetation, and chemical pollution would be the main threats to this species. They are found in pretty well all coastal rivers of eastern Australia, I understand.

O, and about the venomous spurs: they are primarily intended for combat with other male platypus in the mating season! There is enough venom to do serious business with a human. I am sure its venom would kill a dog if one tried to take it!

Warm regards,


bdeh on January 16, 2010

Nice picture and story Ian. We walked many KM's at Kangaroo Island to get a glimpse of a Platypus, but we didn't see it. Perhaps some day in Qld. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on January 16, 2010

If you make it to Queensland, we will see it, Berend!!

gezginruh on January 19, 2010

Dearest Ian, i like your descriptions and your photos related to the extraordinary places.

A red pomegranate may be hidden in this intense blue?


Ian Stehbens on January 20, 2010

Greetings dear ,

Our special iconic friend had parked the yellow canoe and had rolled out his swag in the camping ground for a well earned rest. It is a real joy to continue rolling down different tracks, all around the world.

This special place is a place that nurtured my poetry and still does. It is good to share it with you.


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