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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/4 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of the British Isles, My Wish List (British Wildlife) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-05 4:17
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Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When a hedgehog rolls itself into a spiny ball, there are few predators who will attempt to bother the hedgehog further. However, that is not to say that the hedgehog lives a protected life... far from it. It has been reported recently that the number of wild hedgehogs is on the decrease over the whole of the UK.

It has been noted that the adult hedgehog has a degree of immunity against snake bite poison. This could well be a throwback to earlier times in the UK when poisonous snakes such as the adder were more common.

Aside from snakes, hedgehogs can be the target of badgers, foxes, owls, eagles and polecats. All will kill the odd one or two for food, although none have the hedgehog as its staple diet. The badger in particular has claws which are long enough to reach past the defences of hedgehogs, particularly young ones.

By far the largest killer of hedgehogs in the UK it seems is man and his machinery. Most people will see dead hedgehogs on the roads of the UK and this is very common, particularly during the summer when hedgehogs are more active. The natural instinct of a hedgehog on a road, when approached by a car's headlights, is to curl up. This is no defence, however, against the car following behind the lights... It is estimated that somewhere between 50,000 to 100,000 are killed on the UK's roads each year.

Death on the roads is not the only man-made danger that hedgehogs have to negotiate. Falling into cattle grids, pesticides - including slug pellets, mowers and strimmers, litter for the hedgehog to get stuck in (especially tin cans) and the reduction of the natural habitat are also contributors to the decline of the hedgehog.
With the increase in farm sizes over the last 50 years and the increase in urban building, the countryside hedgerows have decreased. With this decrease, the habitat and food supply of the hedgehog slowly decreases.
It was also legal, up until they were protected in 1981, to cull hedgehogs if they were becoming a pest. Indeed, back in the 16th century, hedgehogs were considered vermin and were hunted. Later, in the earlier part of the 20th century, game reserves were killing 10,000 hedgehogs annually in an effort to protect game birds and their eggs. This continued up into the 1960s at least. Although hedgehogs do eat eggs and small birds on occasion, the damage done to the bird life by the hedgehog was small compared to that done by foxes, crows and wild dogs and cats. During the first half of the century, one large estate in East Anglia killed around 20,000 hedgehogs.


Whilst camping in the New Forest we were lucky enough to share some time with this lovely creature.
Itís a lovely feeling sitting at the edge of a forest at night listening as it comes alive in the dark.

Image was cropped and contrast adjusted.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

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Good informative not Julie. I haven't seen a hedgehog for a very long time. They are very cute to look at but carry a variety of disease one being ringworm. Nice shot with good eye contact. Thanks

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-05 4:55]
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Hello Julia,

This is just beautiful! What an extremely cute photo. :) Details are excellent and exposure is spot on. Great DOF, very good note and good composition. Really well done! TFS!


Very good POV I think I would have cloned out the bright spots from the flash on its nose and eye. I sheared my section with a Hedgehog for near 10 years. It had this technique of putting its head to the ground and I believe listening for insects. It spent so much time like this that the bristles were prominently bent flat against its face.

Ahhh, now I'm jealous ;). I have had hedgehogs almost continually in my garden for the last few years and still haven't got an image nearly as good as this. Lovely and sharp with good BG and showing him in his proper habitat, among lots of fallen, crisp leaves. Lovely image, thanks for posting it :) The hedgehogs using my garden often develop a hacking cough, any idea why?

Excelent shot, Julia.
Well done on this composition and details. A cute little fellow.
However in N.Z. he's a bad little fellow. he's on the Unwanted list. Jancie will let you know.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-05 9:29]
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Hi Julia!
Very nice shot.Perfect composition.DOF and details are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-05-05 10:15]
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Very nice portrait of hedgehog. Good sharpness, colours and composition. Well done.

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
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Very nice and unusual post... I just love all these brown colors and the clear black eye... TFS...Ina...

Great shot Julia!
It look very good as for the shot taken with flash, though maybe the focus isn't perfect.
The rest is great and I like it very much.
I really enjoyed reading your note. Well done on this.

Very good picture, Julia.
Nice light, colours, well composed and god detials.
Good note too. It's the same here, when I was a kid the hedgehog was very common, this they are quite rare.
Very well done.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
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Lovely shot, great colours and good dof. Note is comprehensive too.

Great capture Julia,
I'm surprised he hadn't rolled into a ball, he's posing well for you.
Excellent job with the exposure, nice detail and colour. Superb notes again Julia, Thanks for posting

NIce shot, focus a little soft on the face, but very nice.
Well done.

I just a saw a program of an animal resuce shleter of the the UK on animal planet the weekend showing people tending for these hurt or abandoned little ones. Here in SA they are a rare sight and do not venture into gardens freguently. Its been years since I have seen a live one. Very nicley captured and a nice write up too. well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-09 12:33]
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Julia, it's very nice.

Great composition, pose and eye to eye contact.

A pleasure to look at.

My favorite critter, Julia. There are not so many on this site and my wish is to find one as you did. You did well here, in the right environment and enough light to get it's sweet little face out. Thanks for posting.

Hi Julia
These are such cute littel critters, and the tiny spines are so soft when one handles them. It is years since I have seen one - they are very rare here with us, in the city areas, that is, I have never seen them yet in teh wild. This one is gorgeous with thar beady litttle eye. TFS

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