This isn’t actually the photo I had planned to post for today’s Photo-A-Day. But then when I took the dog on his evening walk I saw this little guy snuffling in the grass up ahead, well, I couldn’t resist. Of course I first cursed myself for not remembering to take my camera with me on the walk(!) Luckily I remembered that, duh, my phone has a camera. So I temporarily tied dog onto a nearby post so that he couldn’t scare the hedgehog, and I started snapping pictures.
Digital zoom is, of course, a pain and usually results in terrible, pixelly images. I did take one with digital zoom, then went back to normal zoom level and just took pictures as I gradually got closer to the little critter in an attempt to get the best picture I could. I made sure to move slowly and carefully, and tried to make myself as non-threatening as possible. I am much bigger than he was though! For most of the ‘photo shoot’ he kept snuffling and sniffing around in the grass, but when I took this last picture he realised I was there and became very still. I backed off after I got this one, collected the dog and kept a wide berth as we continued our walk. I did look back when we were a bit further away and I could just make him out in the distance moving around in the grass again. Guess I didn’t scare him too much!
When I got home and showed the pictures to husband he was very disappointed at having missed out on seeing the little cutie!