Friday, November 21, 2008

Porcupine

Today while out with a friend looking for Snowy Owls ( we found one that gave us a few looks from a distance ), I spotted this young Porcupine grazing on something in the middle of a field next to a highway :



15 comments:

Robert V. Sobczak said...

It doesn't look so prickly to touch ... yet. Probably just give it a while.

Nick S said...

Those barbs might look soft, but they get in, and stay in Rob :-)

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Nice find, must be great to go where you may see snowy owls that would be a quality sighting.

Jayne said...

Love how his head is down and the eye is on YOU! :c)

The Birdlady said...

I've never seen a porcupine - isn't that strange? Pretty cool shot - sorry about the lack of snowy owls...maybe next time. I hope so, I'm anxious to see your pwl photos for this year.

Nick S said...

Thanks guys. Up until last year I'd only ever seen one Porcupine.
I seem to have a knack for finding them now :-)

Hopefully I'll get some more Owls pics this Winter...

Shellmo said...

You almost give the illusion that he could be soft & cuddly to pick up...but then again maybe not! :-)

P.S. I need to find out if we have snowy owls in Mich. I've always wanted to see one.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice shot! Funny, it looks soft. You wouldn't think those things would be harmful.

me ann my camera said...

Your photos are so wonderful and these Porcupine pictures are so clear. I can't help but think of a Buffalo when I see the head shape in the close up. Can you see what I mean?

Nick S said...

Thanks Ann, yes I do see what you mean about the shape of that face. Often I think, the Porcupine is a very overlooked and fascinating creature.

NCmountainwoman said...

Great photographs. I've never seen a porcupine except in a zoo.

John Theberge said...

Great photos. I remember years ago seeing a porcupine up in a pine tree so I climbed the tree and took some photos but I didn't get any this good.

kjpweb said...

Cool - never saw one in the wild!
Cheers, Klaus

Nick S said...

Thanks guys :-)

T and S said...

WOW....beautiful images, very well composed