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Short-Beaked Echidna – Tachyglossus Aculeatus

This photo was taken in the South East of South Australia.
A couple of echidnas reside next to my childhood home. When I went back there for a holiday I wanted to study them. On most days I would find this individual and I would sit and watch, captivated by his personality. He at first would dig down and hide away anytime I came close, but after a while he became accustom to me and would even walk up over my shoes and dig right by my feet. On this occasion I stumbled across him in a very small clearing amongst the thick scrub (which had made it very hard to get a nice photo of him before now.) He looked over as if to say “Go on then take your photo”. To me it looks like he is almost smiling as he poses in the sunlight.

Taken with a Canon 400d with a 100-400 L Series Lens
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  • GemmaWiseman
    GemmaWisemanalmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much Gemma for the feature. I really appreciate it :)

    – CBoyle

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Nice capture

  • Cheers Larry :)

    – CBoyle

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Thanks very much Ray :)

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 2 years ago

    Sept 30 – 1 per 24hrs

  • Thank you Magaret :)

    – CBoyle

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 2 years ago

    Great capture and lighting of this adorable little fellow!

  • Thank you so much Angie!

    – CBoyle

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Thank you very much :)

    – CBoyle

  • Margaret Stanton
    Margaret Stantonalmost 2 years ago

    too cute!

  • Thank you Margaret He really is cute. I would just sit and watch him for hours :)

    – CBoyle

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much for featuring my work Ray :)

    – CBoyle

  • Janette Rodgers
    Janette Rodgersalmost 2 years ago

    I love this. Thanx for the detailed story. Cheers Jan

  • Thank you Janette I really appreciate it :)

    – CBoyle

  • dilouise
    dilouisealmost 2 years ago

    You’re right, I’m sure that little creature’s smiling! It’s a lovely shot, love your info too I can just picture the scene.

  • Thank you so much! He was just a little character a great time waster :)

    – CBoyle

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