Having a bite to eat. I shall name it Rex. ;-)

Spotted on Tennyson Wood Mountain, Mt Glorious.

Video here:

View all photos taken: Sunday, 1st November 2009, This photo: 3:30pm

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  • Pepperpot Photographics said:
    Great detail!
  • David de Groot said:
    Little bugger wouldn't lift it's head and look at me though.
  • Cobra_11 said:
    How sweet! :-) The photo is great exactly because it wouldn't look up - makes the shot a bit unusual :-)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    not to be confused with Enchiladas
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) It was fairly unconcerned about my presence in general, the only time it curled up and bristled was when I had to walk past it. It even relaxed and went about it's business as I got close enough to shoot it with the iPhone as well (about 1ft away from it).
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh definitely not! One is a tasty treat wrapped in a tortilla, the other is somewhat spiky and not to be shoved in your mouth ;-)
  • SkattyKat said:
    nice shot Dave - & the video is cool ;-)
    thanks for sharing
  • David de Groot said:
    'twas a good little outing - got a Bell Miner and a Green Catbird too :)
  • James Lagden said:
    Nice one :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks James :)
  • looby88 said:
    Well I suppose you could put it in your mouth provided...
    your mouth was big enough and you put it in the right way, I've watched herons etc deal with spikey fish- only one way down the hatch !
    I love these creatures, you certainly have more than your fair share of the weird and wonderful !!! : )
  • David de Groot said:
    Hmmm, well given they're about 1 to 1.5 ft in diameter, that'd have to be a big mouth :P Besides, you'd not want it to turn around in your gut before it came out the other end... :-P
    Indeed, I've now shot both species of monotremes. I'd still like to get a good still shot of one of these with his face showing though. The only shot close to that from today's session was obscured by two blades of grass - still, you can see it's face in the video, so that's something.
  • GJ Wind said:
    Nice picture in combi with the video, of a cute animal.
    The camera makes good video's.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks. Few things offer more delight than stumbling across one of our unique native animals and the chance to see just how they go about their daily business. :)
  • looby88 said:
    LOL !!!!!!!
    okay, a baby one then !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah, baby ones are easy. They're called puggles and are blind with no quills or claws. ;-)
  • pohuman said:
    Beautiful shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • looby88 said:
    I couldnt ever eat anything called a puggles, its just too cute !! Sounds like a baby hedgehog, only they dont come from eggs, these do dont they, like the platypuss, hence your tag - ' birding ' perhaps !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yes indeed, these do come from eggs like the platypus, the only two monotremes.
    As for the tag, that's what I was doing when I came across this fellow.
  • looby88 said:
    Well I realised that really ( birding tag ) !!
    I envy you some of your wildlife, not keen on your poisonous snakes and spiders, but otherwise you seem to have a wonderful diversity of the weird and wonderful as I said earlier, and some really beautiful birds. At least I get to see some of them in your photos
  • David de Groot said:
    And contrary to popular opinion, we don't actually eat them either. ;-)
    Despite keeping a keen eye out while stalking through the grass on the weekend, on my own, in the middle of nowhere, I didn't see (or get bitten by) anything remotely poisonous.
  • batch2008 said:
    looks like he was a bit shy and didn't want to show his face. Nice photo though, what flash did you use for this shot Dave
  • David de Groot said:
    He was very busy digging up lunch and not at all interested in posing for photos, that's for sure.
    As for the flash, one of my trusty 580exII's. The video was shot in natural light though.
  • AustralisWilds said:
    Great shot! These animals are hard to get a nice photo of, you made the most of it.
  • David de Groot said:
    I just wish he would have poked his head up to show his snout, but it was still pretty amazing being so close to a wild one anyway.