Here’s an Echidna digging for insect larvae and pupae in a poa, weeping grass, wallaby grass pasture.

This one dug in when he felt me approaching, then stuck his beak up after a few minutes to test the air.

In a local study in 1993-94, Echidnas were found to become inactive during the cold winter (~June, July, Aug., Sept., ), except for a brief bout of mating in late Aug-Sept. These days, it seems Echidnas up here are active virtually all year ’round. At only 560 m asl, it may not always get cold enough to send them underground.