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Lens: DFA 150-450 Camera: K3 Photo Location: Canberra, Australia ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/350s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: RobG, 10-07-2019, 04:54 AM


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10-07-2019, 06:29 AM   #2
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Wow! I love it. Thank you for sharing.
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I have a cat who hugs the doorframe like that, reaching about three feet, but it is done in a second. Your model is much better at holding the pose - and you at catching it.
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Wow! I love it. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks!

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I have a cat who hugs the doorframe like that, reaching about three feet, but it is done in a second. Your model is much better at holding the pose - and you at catching it.
Yeah, this guy wasn't moving a whole lot.

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Good expression and great title.
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Good expression and great title.
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Great shot. Looks like he is asleep to me.

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Great shot. Looks like he is asleep to me.
His left eye is open a little, but Koalas spend the vast proportion of their time sleeping. Eucalyptus leaves provide very little nutrition, so Koalas minimise their activity when they aren't actually feeding.
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A quintessentially Australian image, well caught. Good one, Rob. But hey, he looks so sleepy he is making me feel sleepy, and I only just got up!!!
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Not being from Australia I have no idea: is it hard to find them?
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I don't do as much bush-walking as I would like to, but I don't recall ever seeing one "in the wild".

koala endangered status - Google Search
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A quintessentially Australian image, well caught. Good one, Rob. But hey, he looks so sleepy he is making me feel sleepy, and I only just got up!!!
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Not being from Australia I have no idea: is it hard to find them?
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I don't do as much bush-walking as I would like to, but I don't recall ever seeing one "in the wild".
It's very hard to find them, even in an environment like a few hectares of trees surrounded by a predator-proof fence, as was the case where I photographed this one. You wouldn't think that a relatively large grey furry animal would be hard to spot in trees, but it's actually quite difficult.


I've seen them in the wild many times, but the areas where they are locally abundant are the same areas where people want to build housing estates, and Koala populations always come second in council decisions on land use, unfortunately. When I was a kid, there was a lone male who used to turn up near the car park at West Head just north of Sydney, but I think he was deliberately killed by someone. There was another male who lived in the trees around an apartment complex I lived in on the Gold Coast, but he disappeared when trees nearby were cleared for an industrial estate, along with bandicoots. Koalas are in plague proportions on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, and there have been attempts to control the population. On the mainland where they are subject to predation by foxes, most populations are under threat, but land clearing in coastal areas is by far the biggest threat to Koalas, along with chlamydia. The disease makes Koalas go blind, and obviously a tree-climbing animal can't exist without any vision at all. It's very sad that city councils see rates as being far more important than the survival of an iconic Australian marsupial. The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast councils are the worst in this regard.


Last healthy koala colony in Sydney under threat from development, potential chlamydia infection - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Most of the region where Koalas once lived corresponds to the region where most humans now live.
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That's crazy and sad. They are beautiful animals and hopefully we get better at living together in that regard.
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That's crazy and sad. They are beautiful animals and hopefully we get better at living together in that regard.
I agree, and I hope so too.
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Thanks for sharing. I am shocked at how long their claws are.
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