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pandora
26th September 2015, 09:11 AM
... is the one you have with you"
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/20150926_130030xx.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/86588)
An Echidna shot this morning on my GalaxyS2 when in a non-photographic mood *shrug Love these lil critters! :)

IanB
26th September 2015, 09:54 AM
they mightn't be around much longer if drop the 5 cent coin :rolleyes: [for those poor sods who live elsewhere in the world; the Echidna is on the our smallest value coin and there is off/on chit chat that it will be dropped sooner than later ;)]
true; the camera in the dumb :rolleyes: phones are rather good these days

Naughty Nigel
26th September 2015, 10:35 AM
They don't look very cuddly though! :D

pandora
26th September 2015, 08:02 PM
they mightn't be around much longer if drop the 5 cent coin :rolleyes: [for those poor sods who live elsewhere in the world; the Echidna is on the our smallest value coin and there is off/on chit chat that it will be dropped sooner than later ;)]
true; the camera in the dumb :rolleyes: phones are rather good these days
Hadn't heard any talk of dropping the zack, I suppose you could say that at last the penny has dropped :rolleyes: probably wouldn't be missed.

"Dumb" phones they are, over-priced toys, autonomous loose little canons who fight their owners all the way!

They don't look very cuddly though! :DActually your right, they're not very cuddly at all. In fact when I did a tour of the Outback last spring, I happened to run over one while driving through tall grass; its quills punctured a brand new front tyre leaving dozens of tiny spikes embedded in the casing. It was unrepairable! ! ! :mad:

Wee man
26th September 2015, 08:14 PM
Bit like the poor little cuddly creature?

pandora
26th September 2015, 10:15 PM
Yes indeed Ed, I'm sure it could not have survived being run over by even a small car such as mine.

Jim Ford
26th September 2015, 10:19 PM
Apparently they have comparatively large brains and can dig straight down with their bodies maintained in a horizontal position, using all four legs.

That's all I know about echidnas - that and that they are monotremes!

I wish we we had them here!

Jim

Ross the fiddler
27th September 2015, 05:40 AM
You are quite privileged to have seen one in the wild Mark & any photo you can get of them is worth taking. *yes

Apparently they have comparatively large brains and can dig straight down with their bodies maintained in a horizontal position, using all four legs.

That's all I know about echidnas - that and that they are monotremes!

I wish we we had them here!

Jim

They certainly are very good at digging themselves down & in a hurry. We came across one (many years ago now) down the south coast of NSW & I stopped the car, donned my ski gloves & tried to pick it up. It was already have buried & took a lot of tugging to get it out of the ground (I know I shouldn't have done it, but I was young and....). It was cute & cuddly in my gloves. ;) After a little look at the lovely creature we then put it back on the ground where it quickly scurried off. I can't blame it. :rolleyes: I did get photos of them last year kept captive at Featherdale Wildlife Park (in the outer west of Sydney).

*chr

pandora
27th September 2015, 09:39 AM
Apparently they have comparatively large brains and can dig straight down with their bodies maintained in a horizontal position, using all four legs. That's all I know about echidnas - that and that they are monotremes! I wish we we had them here! Jim
Jim, you actually know more about echidnas than I - I didn't know they are called monotremes or that they have comparatively large brains. I did know that they can dig down with their bodies horizontal as you see this one from my 2010 archives shows. Coincidentally, this was shot at the same location as the opening shots but with the E-3.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/eco4.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/86611)

You are quite privileged to have seen one in the wild Mark & any photo you can get of them is worth taking. *yes
They certainly are very good at digging themselves down & in a hurry. We came across one (many years ago now) down the south coast of NSW & I stopped the car, donned my ski gloves & tried to pick it up. It was already have buried & took a lot of tugging to get it out of the ground (I know I shouldn't have done it, but I was young and....). It was cute & cuddly in my gloves. ;) After a little look at the lovely creature we then put it back on the ground where it quickly scurried off. I can't blame it. :rolleyes: I did get photos of them last year kept captive at Featherdale Wildlife Park (in the outer west of Sydney). *chr
"Boys will be boys", (weren't we Ross!) - thankfully as we grew older we learnt the error of our ways and became more environmentally responsible.
But over the years I have been lucky in encountering Echidnas. The following three shots from my 2008 Tasmanian archives were taken with a CanonS5 IS
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/eco1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/86611)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/eco2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/86611)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/eco3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/86611)

Ross the fiddler
27th September 2015, 11:02 AM
I hope you don't mind but here are the two photos (I have more) from Featherdale Wildlife Park (http://www.featherdale.com.au/) last year.

Forever hopeful?
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/509/M7144077-s.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/29908)

Didn't get lucky?
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/509/M7144079-s.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/29909)

*chr

pandora
27th September 2015, 07:41 PM
Well Ross you can't expect to have all the luck with those gorgeous birds that literally land on your veranda and have Echidnas too. Echidnas prefer to live south of the border down Mexico way mate :D

Mrs T
27th September 2015, 08:03 PM
It's worse to miss a shot than use a "humble phone"!

pandora
28th September 2015, 07:47 AM
Too true Amanda :D

Naughty Nigel
28th September 2015, 09:10 AM
They look remarkably like Hedgehogs to me.

pandora
28th September 2015, 11:01 AM
Nah - Hedgehogs look remarkably like Echidnas. :)

Naughty Nigel
28th September 2015, 11:07 AM
But which were here first? :)

pandora
28th September 2015, 11:24 AM
Well the Echidna can trace its ancestry back to a primeval protoplasmic globule *shrug

Wee man
28th September 2015, 11:39 AM
Which was transported to Van Demons Land due to it digging holes in golf courses.

pandora
28th September 2015, 11:47 AM
*laugh*upsided*upsided*laugh*upsided Rolling on the floor laughing at that one, Ed! *laugh*upsided*upsided*laugh*upsided