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Echidna 3 (The Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) by Normf

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Quite amazing creatures these Echidna. Not something you see every day! I took this photo on a Grassy Headland as the echidna as was fossicking for food under tuffs of grass. He was unaware of my presence as I had laid down in the grass ahead of his direction of travel and waited till he was close enough to frame.

Camera Model Canon EOS 40D
Shooting Date/Time 12/10/2008 2:30:28
Shooting Mode Shutter-Priority AE
Shutter Speed 1/125
Aperture Value 5.6
Metering Mode Partial Metering
ISO Speed 500
Lens EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Focal Length 400.0 mm
AF Mode AI Focus AF


  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 6 years ago

    I am so green! These are great shots

  • Thanks kalaryder, I nearly didn’t lug the camera with me as it was quite a hike to the spot and the conditions where threatening. Just goes to show to have to always be ready.

    – Normf

  • AnneVis
    AnneVisover 6 years ago

    Fantastic shots!

  • Thank you Anne I’m glad you like them.

    – Normf

  • simba
    simbaover 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture.

  • Thank you very much Linda, how does he compare to your hedghogs?

    – Normf

  • simba
    simbaover 6 years ago

    Its spines look thicker and more sharper.

  • simba
    simbaover 6 years ago

    Also its got a long nose.

  • Ah it’s the nose and sleepy eyes that wins the girls (even with the dangerous weapons on board)! lol

    – Normf

  • Adrian Paul
    Adrian Paulover 6 years ago

    Great shot, Norm. Really sharp focus (if you’ll pardon the pun).

  • Thanks Adrian and you used the right pun!

    – Normf

  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythover 6 years ago

    absolutely wonderful – they have always been a favorite of mine from pictures, would love to see one in the flesh or in the spines, I guess.

  • Thanks Anne, they are very interesting creatures. And kinda cute for such a prickly animal.

    – Normf

  • simonesphotos
    simonesphotosover 6 years ago

    Sensational capture Norm! They are so cute, yet OH so feisty!! :o)

  • I’ve tried to shoot these before Simone so I’ve learnt you can only get a good shot if it’s candid! He had no idea I was watching! Thanks again

    – Normf

  • tarnyacox
    tarnyacoxover 6 years ago

    Wow Norm this series of three is FANTASTIC! so much detail and definition, particularly in the face and around the eyes which can be so hard on these guys as their eyes are so small and dark. And the way those spines glow – superb!

  • Thanks tarnyacox, I know you appreciate how hard it can be trying to get a “good” shot of wildlife (like running around dams to shoot swimming snakes) so I really want to thank you for your comment. I must admit when I down loaded these I was smiling to myself and thinking “yes got you this time!”.

    – Normf

  • john forrant
    john forrantalmost 4 years ago

    Normf, great shot. I envy being able to see this cute guy

  • Thanks John, I was up at the same place on the weekend flying kites with the grandchildren. One said “Hope we see that echidna again like last year”! We didn’t.

    – Normf

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