(10 photos) – I had an hour up my sleeve so though I’d go for a bushwalk. Within 20 meters of leaving the car, I spotted an echidna so spent the next hour with him instead.
I quickly put on the 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens, hoping I would get close enough without scaring it. After rolling into a ball and hiding behind a tree, it took around 10 minutes before it even lifted it’s head for the first shot above.
It was very shy to start with, every time it heard my shutter it would duck it’s head and hide again, but slowly it began getting more confident.
I gradually got lower and moved in closer, trying to anticipate it’s direction and not scare it. The trust slowly began to build …
It eventually headed straight for me … and I still can’t believe what happened next …
This shy, wild echidna actually crawled right under my legs, one of the best wildlife encounters I’ve ever had.
Echidna’s are mammals that lay eggs and have a pouch. The only other living animal like this is the Platypus. The spines are actually hairs, the shorter fur keeps them warm. They don’t have teeth and their tongue can be 15cm long.