Saturday, March 3, 2018

Prickly Little Friend

While out for a drive yesterday, hoping to photograph some wildlife, we only met with one willing participant.  I suppose I should say indifferent because that is exactly what a porcupine is like.  You are lucky if he so much as glances at you, and forget about a second glance. This little guy just went about his business as though I was not even there.  

We also saw several ravens, but as soon as we pulled over, they would fly off. I spotted an absolutely beautiful coyote, but he was also extremely shy.  I didn't even have time to get a shot of his backside. Normally, we see deer on every drive, but they too seemed to know I had my camera with me this time.

Oh well, it's actually not that often that we get to see a porcupine alive.  Sadly, all too often, they are dead on the side of the road.  They don't move all that quickly, the poor things.  So I had a lot of fun just observing this little guy for a while. I've named him Pete...

These photos are too unusual not to share, so I'm going to join in fun over at Eileen's blog for Saturday's Critters...Have a happy Saturday everyone.




13 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea ... I hope I see a porcupine while I'm here ... but our birds are out singing their hearts out - which is wonderful ... cheers Hilary

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  2. Hello, what a neat critter. I have never seen a porcupine in the wild, lucky you! Great photos too!
    Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Hello Andrea! So glad you found this sweet porcupine to photograph! He even seems to be waving in your last photo!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. He is really darling. How fun to sit and watch him. Come to my house we have deer everyday, they are smaller Florida deer not like yours at all.

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  5. You photographed Pete beautifully, what gorgeous photos. You really captured the details of his quills also. I have an animal I've named Pepper here that I may post about one day. I laughed when I saw you named this little guy also.

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  6. Wonderful shots! I've never seen a porcupine in real life around here. It's fun when we get to photograph wildlife. I catch a deer every so often and a few birds. I want to get another chance at the owls living in the pines..they too fly off pretty quick! Have a good weekend!

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  7. WOW, fantastic shots. I have never been able to get a great shot. They sure are beautiful but unwanted around her. B

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  8. To actually see a porcupine in the wild seems amazing to me. I've never been able to find one. Love the shots of this little guy, they really are cute! I saw a nice fluffy-tailed skunk cross my street last week ... just hope he doesn't take up residence under my shed!
    Wendy

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  9. What an amazing little creature! I don't think I've ever seen a live porcupine. I loved seeing your beautiful photos. My best wishes to you, Pat

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  10. A porcupine in the wild ... what an exceptional sighting. The white of the snow really shows the details of the quills - great shots!

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  11. Oh these are wonderful. What a cute little fellow Pete is. I'd love to see one in the wild like that.

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  12. If I didn't know any better I'd say that Porcupine looks to be very soft and cute! What gorgeous photos, I wonder how similar they are to an echidna, the Quills look so fine and delicate with the snowy backdrop!
    Wren x

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