13 July 2014

Echidna and Rabbits

Location: Carnarvon Gorge, Central Qld


Word was passed on, late in the afternoon, that an echidna (also known as Spiny Anteater) was seen, down by the Wilderness Retreat pool.  Light was starting to fade but with a few adjustments to camera ....

 then another was seen following day, the other side of the dry creek bed, same time, in fading light at 5.15 pm.  It was a long shot away...

I've learnt from this site that the echidna is a solitary animal and not territorial.  


looking like a little bear - imagine it stretching out like an accordian/squeezebox now



...hunting and gathering, with long 'snout' foraging for ants or termites.  They also will eat larvae of beetles and earthworms.

Location: Alice Springs, N.T. 
On the first morning in Alice Springs, N.T., I'd taken a walk after breakfast to see if I could get an advance on any birding opportunity before the group met outside the foyer to get on board the coach.

What might be around the open areas behind my room ... a big carpark, and then high metal fencing like a tennis court! On the other side of the fence though was lots of native shrubbery, and I could hear little birds in there 'somewhere'.



There was movement on the ground  --- OH, bunnies!




Sharing with Saturday's Critters

12 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

hi Carole I have never seen an Echidna and you managed good shots of it. The light is lovely first thing in the morning and you Rabbits shots are lovely. Have a wonderful weekend.

Ein wenig hiervon & davon said...

So beuatiful shots - thanks for sharing them!

Thnaks for stopping by & leaving words, dear Carole

eileeninmd said...

Hello Carole, your Echidna with its spines reminds me of our Porcupine. It is a cool critter! The bunnies are adorable. Awesome sightings and photos. Thanks so much for linking up to my critter party.. Have a happy day and week ahead!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures, Carole.
I love the bunnies.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I'd like to touch an Echidna. I've already touched bunnies.

Lisa Gordon said...

I've never seen or heard of an Echidna. What an interesting creature. I just love those bunnies!! :-)

Liz said...

How lovely!! I've never seen an Echidna in the wild. Those rabbits are cute too!

Bob Bushell said...

I love the Echidna, it looks very interesting.

Ida said...

How fun to see the bunnies, what big ears they have.
Also the Echidna is so cool looking. I've never heard of this animal before.

Laura said...

Great shots of the echidna and the cute bunny rabbits!! Thanks, Carole! hugs, Laura

Kay said...

First I thought it was a porcupine which we have here, but it is not. I guess it is family related. Interesting animal. Bunnies are always cute....

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

The echidna is a fascinating critter. Bunnies are always cute.