24-70 @ 70mm f6.3 @ 1/15s ISO 200
The Echidna is in the same family of mammals exclusive to Australia, as the Platypus – Monotreme. Both lay eggs. Echidnas when attacked or frightened burrow into the ground leaving their spikes to deter whatever is threatening them. They have very short legs and can’t run quickly but with their powerful claws they can disappear into soft ground before you can get your camera ready. Flair and I frightened this one on a walk in the bush yesterday and because it was on very rocky ground it couldn’t dig very far down. The shot below is from a different angle. Both shots are hand held and not as sharp as I would have liked – didn’t think to bump up the ISO! Something I keep forgetting to do all the time.