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10-08-2012, 11:16 PM - 3 Likes   #721
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Our cats spotted this ringtail possum with a youngster in a tree on our fence line yesterday afternoon. It's about 5 or 6 metres from the front of the house. I was surprised to see them active during the day. My dilemma: do I expose for the possum in the deep shade and blow out the highlights (it's almost pointing directly at the sun behind the tree) or do I drop it back a bit to avoid blown highlights and then lighten the dark bits in PP? The first one is exposed for the possum and the blown highlights toned down in PP. I couldn't avoid the twig. The second is exposed to avoid blown highlights, but bringing up the dark bits has made the fur look a bit strange.

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We almost had a tragedy this morning. One or both of the cats had caught the youngster, body length about 15cm/6", and had brought it into the house. It was still alive and, ahem ..., playing possum when my wife drew it to my attention. The cats were looking at it and probably wondering what to do next. I was able to catch it using a towel and took it outside to the tree. It struggled very hard while I had it captive and ran up the tree very fast as soon as I let it go. They are strong and have very sharp claws. It nearly got me

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The buck wandered thru today

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Nice photos Richard. I'm glad you didn't get seriously hurt by this animal.

Nice buck shot, Ivoire.
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Osprey

Stumbled across this thread today. Some great shots here!
This is my first time posting a picture.

This Osprey made a nest on one of the structures at my job, unfortunately she and her mate never produced any offspring.
I hope they show up again next year.


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Great shot!! TFS
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Osprey
Just great!
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QuoteOriginally posted by alexcam Quote

This Osprey made a nest on one of the structures at my job, unfortunately she and her mate never produced any offspring.
She doesn't look too happy to see you! Very nice shot.

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Thanks everyone!

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She doesn't look too happy to see you! Very nice shot.
She wasn't happy when I was shooting her (with my Pentax), we got to know each other very well!

You don't really appreciate how big these birds are until they are 10-15 feet from you!

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QuoteOriginally posted by alexcam Quote
You don't really appreciate how big these birds are until they are 10-15 feet from you!
Well I'll tell you, looking at that last pic, and saying you were 10-15 feet away, and the position of the claws/talons, and the look in her eye......makes me feel like my head is soft as an orange and could easily be her dinner!

Fantastic shot!
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Well I'll tell you, looking at that last pic, and saying you were 10-15 feet away, and the position of the claws/talons, and the look in her eye......makes me feel like my head is soft as an orange and could easily be her dinner!

Fantastic shot!
+1 Super shot! Was she making a run at your head? Or something behind you (I hope)?
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That last osprey shot is killer! It's obvious that fish suit you are wearing works well!
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QuoteOriginally posted by paulh Quote
Was she making a run at your head?
Yes, she wasn't happy with me being on "her property!"

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It's obvious that fish suit you are wearing works well!
Maybe I sort of look like a fish to her?
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+1 on those superb pics. Those talons looks awesome. Fab shots.
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Thank you all for the kind words, but she was a great model!

A few more I dug up:
In the last one, you see the male in the distance.
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Nice photos Richard. I'm glad you didn't get seriously hurt by this animal.
Thanks, Mar. No damage done. Ringtail possums the size of the little one can inflict some very good scratches. The brushtail variety, OTOH, is bigger and can shred your arm. Best avoided

Richard.
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