Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Surpise visitor in the neighbourhood

Late this afternoon while I was watering the garden Sophie started barking and wouldn't stop.  She is not a dog that barks a lot so there is usually something unusual going on.  As I was down the side of the house and she was in the back yard I couldn't see what she was barking at so I came around to investigate.  She was standing next to the fence bordering our neighbour's backyard and this is what the source of excitement was all about.
An echidna.

In this photo he was feeling very shy and had ducked his head under to hide.

Side view of his body.
Coming up for another look to see if I'm still there.
  He was so cute.  Every time I moved a little or a leaf would make a noise he would hide his head again.  I probably spent about 30 minutes in my hands and knees to take these photos and some film.  I took about six short films but this is the best one.  Enjoy.

Anne  xx


  1. what a great find! It's nice to see some more of your wildlife - I saw these on a BBC nature type documentary recently.

  2. What a cute little creature. But I would not want to come close to those sharp quills.

  3. Aw, he's so sweet - how lovely that he stayed long enough for you to take pics too. Hope Sophie stayed well away though - I recall a late night trip to the vet years ago when our dog nudged a porcupine and got a muzzle full of quills!

  4. Such a sweet little thing to find in your garden.

  5. I thought you said nothing happens at your place. First a wombat and now an echidna. What next, a bandicoot or a lost lyrebird maybe?

  6. oh so sweet. I enjoyed reading from your link. I would have stayed & watched for ages - so lovely.

  7. Wow! What an amazing creature! I never saw an echidna in person before... she looks very cute.
    Thanks for the video.


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