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When an Echidna crossed our path

By July 6th, 2023Out and about3 min read

It was Friday 13th when an echidna crossed our path!

We live on a bush block just south of Hobart and for that reason we are rather accustomed to seeing ‘our’ family of Superb Fairy-wrens flitting about and Bennetts Wallabies grazing on the grasses – friendly encounters we never tire of – having an Echidna cross our path is no exception.

With the variety of visiting wildlife we can definitely say that we enjoyed another chance meeting with ‘our’ Echidna that we’ve named ‘Eddie’. We say ‘our’ echidna because a couple of years ago he (we’re of course assuming his gender) was seen by our driveway. Last year he waddled onto our deck and right up to our doorway. This year he was by our driveway and foraging amongst the bushy vegetation.

It may have been Friday 13th but we think we were quite lucky… we had the opportunity to observe how Eddie acted in our presence; while doing our very best not to disturb him too much from his normal activities as he fed on an abundant supply of ants.

Shutterbug Walkabouts Echidna camouflaged in the bushy vegetation

© Roy Vieth 2015

It wasn’t a simple task to capture these photos… Echidnas are shy creatures and if disturbed or think they are under some kind of threat they will camouflage themselves in the vegetation or curl up into a ball exposing only their spines.

Shutterbug Walkabouts - Echidna head ducking image series

© Coreena Vieth 2015

Eddie isn’t so much used to our presence as he has a whole bush block to roam. He was initially on alert each time he heard the sound of my camera shutter… but later became more comfortable with it. The three shots above show different stages of him curling up because of the unusual sounds he could hear.

We spent quite some time quietly watching on; it was wonderful to see that Eddie seemed to become more comfortable with our presence; so much so that capturing a photo with a long lens became more difficult because he got so close to us!

Shutterbug Walkabouts Echidna checking out a log

© Roy Vieth 2015

It’s moments like these that you just want to know how to quickly prepare yourself and set your camera so you can capture the best possible photo the moment you encounter any wildlife…

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