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An Australian animal, the Echidnea

This gorgeous little animal was spotted whilst my MIL and wife were harvesting honey from their hives. I’d had the job of watching from beyond the trucks so I could avoid being stung.

Behind me I heard what sounded like crashing branches. Looking backward toward the noise, I spotted this Echidnea ambling along between a stand of eucalyptus trees like a tomboy kicking a rock down the road. It was pushing its nose into every nook and cranny, seeking its next meal.

Thankfully I had the good sense to have my Canon 400D and my 75-300mm f4-5.6 III lens at hand, so I quietly walked back to the fence-line, went down about 20metre, attempted to step into the tree-line … all in the hope that it would keep moving toward me.

But I must have been a bit too noisy. It stopped somewhere back up the track and curled into a ball. So I settled into a location, quietly breaking all the branches that would be in my way … and rest my camera in the nook of a branch. Within a few minutes, small noises could be heard as the Echidnea resumed its journey.

With the lens swing left and right, I quickly found the spiked animal amongst the underbrush coming toward me.

Eventually it ambled right passed me, within a few metres. Because I was not upsetting it in anyway, it (thankfully) ignored me.

I feel I chose the right lens for the job. Whilst none of the shots show the entire Echidnea, I was very happy to capture the nose and eyes upon its face, and most happy to capture an Echidnea uncurled!

Camera : Canon EOS 400D
Lens : Canon 75-300mm f4-5.6 III Zoom

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Stephen is a semi-professional photographer based in Adelaide, South Australia. He shoots a wide range of subjects from macros to landscapes to portraits.
Stephen enjoys capturing images of the world as he sees it, travelling as far as Kangaroo Island and New Zealand to find and photograph.
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  • Christopher Birtwistle-Smith
    Christopher Bi...over 5 years ago

    another brilliant shot of this illusive creature!

  • Thanks Chris!

    – Stephen Mitchell

  • Bailey Designs
    Bailey Designsover 5 years ago

    Fantastic! I love how he fills the whole picture.

  • ;) Shooting with a 200mm Zoom might not be enough sometimes, but it was more than enough here:)

    – Stephen Mitchell

  • TULIP73
    TULIP73over 5 years ago

    He’s wonderful

  • Thanks Tulip.

    – Stephen Mitchell

  • Nigel Fox
    Nigel Foxalmost 4 years ago

    One wild hair-doo he / she looks chilled.

  • Thanks. I’ve updated the sidebar to show the story, which explains why she was so chilled about having me take this photograph.

    – Stephen Mitchell

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