A beautiful moment was captured on camera at the Bega River a few weeks ago by Matthew Higgins.
He has been studying platypuses in the Bega region since last August, focusing on the local waterway.
"I have seen about 11-12 platypus in total, they disappeared for a time after the floods in February," Mr Higgins said.
Finding a platypus in the region is not only good news for conservation, it is engaging for everyone.
"It indicates that local biodiversity is perhaps stronger than we thought," Mr Higgins said.
"To watch platypus you need to be quiet and watch the water surface carefully.
"Watch for the animal to rise in order to breathe, before diving again to the bottom to continue feeding."
The platypus is one of two the monotremes (egg-laying mammals) in Australia, the other being the echidna.
"They have incredibly sensitive bills which enable them to find their prey on the stream bed, they make burrows in the stream bank, and the female's nesting burrow can be up to 20m long," Mr Higgins said.
Habitat degradation and foxes are threats to platypus, added Mr Higgins.
Bega River and Wetlands Landcare (BRAWL) wanted to thank Mr Higgins for this proof of a platypus in their region.
"You may be aware that there is at least one platypus living along the Bega River anabranch. Thanks Mat for allowing us to share this delightful video among our members," a spokesperson said.
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