Last weekend we went on a bush walk and saw an echidna out in the open. Usually we hear them before we see them but this one was in the middle of a path through some bush. The varied gold, brown tones of its spikes were in their full glory so it took me some seconds to realise what it was. I’d never seen one with the light of the sun shining on it. We weren’t quick enough to get better photo before it moved to the shelter of a tree stump but here it is trying to hide from us:
Today’s nature outing and driving lesson took us to a reserve about 30 minutes away and we spent some time watching these beauties – Australian Wood Ducks!
I bought this book by John Muir Laws in 2016, not really sure if we’d get much use out of it, but there are many general topics that apply wherever you live – what equipment to have on hand, drawing instruction, using different media, how to draw animals, wildflowers, trees and landscapes. A great book for budding naturalists and long time amateurs like me.