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Copyright: Carole Francois (grimmel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 0 N: 91] (415)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-20 11:53
Viewed: 4026
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
All hedgehogs are primarily nocturnal, although different species can be more or less likely to come out in the daytime. The hedgehog sleeps for a large portion of the daytime either under cover of bush or grass or rock or in a hole in the ground. Again, different species can have slightly different habits, but in general hedgehogs dig out dens for shelter. All wild hedgehogs can hibernate, although not all do; hibernation depends on temperature, abundance of food and species.

Hedgehogs are fairly vocal, and communicate not only in a series of grunts and snuffles, but sometimes in loud squeals (depending on species).

Hedgehogs occasionally perform a ritual called anointing. When the animal comes across a new scent, it will lick and bite the source and then form a scented froth in its mouth and paste it on its spines with its tongue. It is not known what the specific purpose of this ritual is, but some experts believe anointing camouflages the hedgehog with the new scent of the area and provides a possible poison or source of infection to any predator that gets poked by their spines.


A defense that all species of hedgehogs possess is the ability to roll into a tight ball, causing all of the spines to point outwards - this one was just beginning to undo his ball.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-20 11:58]

Hi Carole. This is a very clear well detailed shot of the little hedgehog. very nice colours with sharp focusung. with a good low POV/DOF, well done TFS. good notes too.

: have a good weekend.:

hi carole,
this picture is nice by the way you discover his cuty nose and feet.where did you see him during the day?was he all alone around?not hiding?

Hi Carole, marvellous shot
Congratulations and many thanks for shared

hello carole, it is a splendid photograph, cheer.


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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-07-20 14:46]

Well, we have been feeding hedgehogs for many years, so I must say that I adore this photo. In the little town we live quite nearby people even dispose hedgehogs and label them with our name so that we can take care of them.... and we just love them!
Great details in this photo... how is it possible not to love these animals?


Hi Carole,
Great portrait of this Hedgehog. Good lighting, POV, sharpness and the detail is great. Interesting notes too, thank you for that.

hedgehogs are lovely animals
great sharpness and good compo. Unfortunately eye contact is missing (it's true that they have tiny little eyes)

Hi friend,
Wonderful close up, good sharp and shiny, lovely colors and well composed.. Take care Ana:)

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-08-04 14:16]

Hi Carole,
Fine capture of a unusual subject...I hope you don't partake in the practice of clubbing to death and eating them in Luxembourg as the do in Sri Lanka...Great focus and POV...Very well done...


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-06 20:14]

Hello Carole

A very good shot of this hedgehog,I don't see a lot posted on TN.Excellent focus and sharpness.The colours look natural and well saturated.They have very cute little faces.TFS


Hello Carole,
I am very pleasure with your kind critique. Many thanks. Mehmet

Cute image...
Well composed...
Natural light....
TFS Carole.

Hello carole,
great image of this cute hedgehog. composition, details, colors very nice. also POV and notes so good.
thanks. have a nice weekend.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-29 4:14]

Hi Carole.
What an interesting. You have similar shot. Images of the hedgehog are too rare here. Your species is deferent to mine I think. You managed to create a lovely portrait of the animal. Great low POV, amazing lighting, colours and details as well as the pose of your cute photo model. Bravo and TFS.

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