Evalotta was out for the evening on one of the family’s ‘animal drives’, looking for deer and foxes at the edge of a dusky forest. They stopped the car to allow this wandering hedgehog to cross, and ‘in return it posed for a photo’, she says. Evalotta likes the unusual angle of this shot – and climbed into a ditch to get it.
Hedgehogs can travel over a kilometre on their nocturnal wanderings to forage for food such as beetles, slugs and other invertebrates. They are an integral part of Estonia’s exceptionally rich wildlife. But hedgehogs are getting rarer: this family of keen wildlife watchers hardly see them anymore.
Nikon D7100; Nikkor 70–200mm f2.8 lens at 200mm; 1/40 sec at f2.8; ISO 1600.
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Evalotta Zacek, Estonia
Evalotta likes to photograph birds, flowers and mammals, as well as winter landscapes.