Spiky business

Through one window I’d been watching the smaller echidna poking about on fairly bare dirt, trying to get a photo of its rear feet, with the long extended claws. I didn’t manage to.

It headed downhill into grassed areas, so I gave up.
A little later, looking up from my computer and through another window, I saw it again, down by the fence. Only it looked different, lighter. Naturally, I had to go out and see.

It looked different because it was a different echidna. My earlier one was out the front too, also heading west, but closer to the house.

I recognised this bigger and beefier echidna as the one I’d called Blondie in another season when I also had two sharing the yard. The blonde and the brunette, I’d described them as then. I wasn’t sure if the smaller one was the same brunette, however. I really do need to get to know my echidna fellow residents better.

The animals that share my yard seem adept at minding their own business. It may be between different species, as with Blondie and a wallaby here — and notice how similar their colouring is. Or it may be within a species, as with my two echidnas.

They had kept their distance, each showing no sign of awareness or acknowledgement of the other. It crossed my mind that an encounter between them would be interesting — perhaps a very spiky business!

6 thoughts on “Spiky business”

  1. Wow, what a gorgeous looking creature! I love the way they just toddle around taking care of business. Thanks for more lovely photos, Sharyn.

  2. Hi Richard,
    Thanks for visiting and for letting me know you liked the books. Feedback is always precious! I went though Busselton for the first time in late August, en route to Collie and Margaret River, a very rushed trip as research for my next book. Had a coffee in the foreshore park at Busselton – lovely place!
    I know I have to go back to the southwest.

  3. Sharyn I love these photos of the Echidnas..I live in Busselton WA and have never seen any here unfortuantely..they are such amazing animals..I have just purchased your 2 books and love them both..Hope you write some more…Fantastic website too..

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