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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Sat 05-Oct-13 01:01 AM
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"Australian Echidna, (aka Spiny Anteater)."


Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

The birdlife was very elusive this morning. But I spotted this little guy foraging for ants amongst the Pigface & reeds in a marsh not far from home.
All shots taken with the D300s + 70-200mm f/2.8G.
FYI. These animals are one of 2 egg laying mammals we have here. The other one being the Platypus. I look forward to being able to post one of those soon......Scotty.

#1. 1/500s @ f/5.6.


#2. 1/500s @ f/4.5.


#3. Check out the ants on the face, & the dirty snout. 1/500s @ f2.8


#4. In full defence position. They can bury themselves in a matter of seconds with those strong claws. 1/500s @ f/3.2.

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glxman Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Oct 2008Sat 05-Oct-13 01:45 AM
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South Australia, AU
          

Great work Scotty,
I've only seen 2 of these and even then it was only for a few seconds
And including a head shot! Don't see that too often
Well Done!
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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Sat 05-Oct-13 02:53 AM
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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

Thanks Gary. I usually see them when I haven't got the camera handy.

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Fascinating! Great photos!

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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Sat 05-Oct-13 03:57 AM
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I'm glad you liked them Steve.

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stormpeak Silver Member Nikonian since 29th May 2012Sat 05-Oct-13 05:27 AM
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Great shots...love the detail on the third one. Those are long claws too. What are the white bulbs on its head...its ears?

Thanks for posting these images of such an interesting creature.

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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Sat 05-Oct-13 06:04 AM
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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

>Great shots...love the detail on the third one. Those are
>long claws too. What are the white bulbs on its head...its
>ears?
>
>Thanks for posting these images of such an interesting
>creature.

Hi Oscar. I imagine these are some type of parasite that the animal is hosting. I've sent photos to an Australian Wildlife park in the hope they will confirm and/or identify the bulbs......Scotty.

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Great work Scotty. Nice detail, well done.

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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Sat 05-Oct-13 10:53 AM
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Thanks Tom. Comment welcome.

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Great images Scotty.

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Thanks for looking Al.

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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Sun 06-Oct-13 10:08 PM
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Very nice, and interesting to see Scotty. Those claws sure look like they'd make short work of destroying an ant nest.

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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Sun 06-Oct-13 11:51 PM
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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

Thanks Richard. I wouldn't care to be on the receiving end of those claws.

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Love your series, especially #4.

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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Mon 07-Oct-13 08:48 AM
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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

Thank you Izzie.

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Countryboy Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Mar 2007Mon 07-Oct-13 01:06 PM
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Hi Scotty, what a weird and interesting animal. The white bulbs remind me of ticks that suck the blood of mammals. Glad that you are looking into finding their nature.

Great series.


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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Mon 07-Oct-13 07:20 PM
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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

Thanks Tom. I haven't received a reply as yet. But my guess is that they would be some type of Tick. I would imagine that they would just drop off once they've gorged themselves. Thanks for commenting.....Scotty.

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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Thu 10-Oct-13 05:51 AM
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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

For those that inquired.
I am informed that the white things on the Echidnas face are in fact mites. They've gorged themselves & apparently are ready to drop off.
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good series #1 showing claws is my pick

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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

Thanks Bill. With those claws & the spiky armour, predators have their work cut out for them.

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Wow! Most interesting and unusual little animal. Great pics. Thanks

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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Fri 11-Oct-13 09:31 PM
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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

You are welcome James. Thanks for commenting.....Scotty.

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South Orange, US
          

So much fine detail in your great shots, thanks for sharing. Thanks for introducing me to this animal, I have never seen one before.

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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

You're welcome Emory. Thanks for commenting....Scotty.

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Cool…I like the one with the claws too.

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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Wed 30-Oct-13 07:01 PM
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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

Thank you John. I'm glad you liked the shots.

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