MOUNTAIN ECHIDNA

WINNER, PORTFOLIO PRIZE

Short-beaked echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus

I followed this echidna for two days, its little tracks in the fresh snow leading me for kilometres to every dead tree and tuft of grass on the snow-covered range. When I finally tracked it down it was over 2000 metres above sea level and not bothered in the slightest about being surrounded by snow and ice. 

Australian Main Range, New South Wales 

Nikon D810, Nikon 28–300 f5.6, 1/2500, f/8.0, ISO 640

by Charles Davis, New South Wales