Short-Beaked Echidna

Short-Beaked Echidna, Tasmania, AustraliaThere is just something about echidnas that is very charming. They aren’t much more than a ball of spines with a long nose, but they seem to pack a lot of personality into their small size. This guy was photographed near the town of Scottsdale in northern Tasmania, Australia.
Nikon D810 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 200mm) ISO 800, f/4 at 1/125th of a second

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  1. Susan Rubeo March 8, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    Strange looking species , you can always find the unusual to bring to us

    Aunt Sue

    • Sean Crane March 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

      Ha. The stranger the better as far as I’m concerned.

  2. Peter Butterfield March 8, 2017 at 9:53 am #

    —– Child of the cosmos
    —– Spikes raked by the endeavor
    —– still following it’s nose .

  3. Sue March 8, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    Very expressive face and eye! Can see why you like such encounters, Sean!

    • Sean Crane March 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

      Yes, and they just kind of waddle around in the leaves and underbrush.

  4. GH March 8, 2017 at 11:38 am #

    Pet. Pet! Pet!! Pet!!!

  5. Amanda D March 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

    Ah! love this little dude!!!

  6. Rachel Bellenoit March 8, 2017 at 10:48 pm #

    Lovely. Is this related to the British hedgehog?

  7. Goat March 14, 2017 at 6:11 am #

    That’s one of the best echidna shots I’ve seen, nice work.

    Rachel: Not to my knowledge. Echidnas and platypuses (?) are monotremes, the world’s only egg-laying mammals. (Forgive my butting in.) I read somewhere that the mainland one is about the most common native mammal in Aust, but I’ve only ever seen a couple in the wild.