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Koala on the move

Koala on the move
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 150-500mm APO DG HSM, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-10 1:23
Viewed: 6032
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While on a short trip to southern Victoria we found a group of 25 Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in Cape Otway National Park, the most I have ever seen in one location. I took lots of pics but like this one because he is on the move; which is not a cammon sight as they sleep up to 18hrs a day.

The koala is a small tree-dwelling, herbivorous marsupial which averages about 9kg (20lb) in weight. The koala gets its name from an ancient Aboriginal word meaning "no drink" because it receives over 90% of its hydration from the Eucalyptus leaves it eats, and only drinks when ill or times when there is not enough moisture in the leaves. ie during droughts etc. The koala is one of only three living mammals that can live on a diet of eucalypt leaves.

Of the more than 600 species of eucalyptus found through their range in eastern and south-eastern Australia, there are only 10 species which are eaten by koala. Eucalyptus leaves are very fibrous and low in nutrition, and to most animals are extremely poisonous. To cope with such a diet, nature has equipped koalas with specialised adaptations. A very slow metabolic rate allows koalas to retain food within their digestive system for a relatively long period of time, maximising the amount of energy able to be extracted. At the same time, this slow metabolic rate minimises energy requirements and they will sleep for up to 18 hours per day in order to conserve energy.

Taken with my big lens, hand held.

For more information go the Koala information website here

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Hi Chris,
A nice capture of this beautiful Koala bear. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

nice koala, TFS Ori

Good POV + clear details + beautiful contrast + interesting subject = an excellent photo.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-10 4:18]

Hello Chris,
a fine capture of an active Koala against a clear sky. The POV is great and shows its features with fine sharpness and colours. Not easy to get one clear of eucalyptus foliage and branches!
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hi Chris. Great photo of this lovely Koala.
Details, POV and composition are wonderful.
Best regards

Hi Chris,
what a fantastic encounter you had with this moving Koala. And you took a perfect shot. Maybe you had time to adjust everything right? I learned that the buggers are slow (and smelly too). Still, it takes an expert photographer to get it all right like you did here.
Best regards

hello Chris
super good pose with great sharpness and beautiful colours
nice bg.with the bleu sky
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-10 10:32]

Hello Chris,
Great clarity in this photo and taken from a very good POV. Beautiful natural colours and superb sharp details. Good contrasting BG and composition.

Hi Chris,

Incredible and love capture of this cute fellow on an eucalyptus dried wood with great DOF, impressive clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice night and Sunday!


Very great capture of this active Koala. I would love to see a group of Koala like that in the wild. Very well composed image with nice clarity.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-11 2:33]

Hello Chris,
That must have been a wonderful encounter with so many of these cute creatures. The picture you have chosen is well composed, taken from a good low point of view and with an original pose of the Koala.
Well seen. Very interesting note too.
Thanks a lot
Kind regards

Hello Chris,
Superb capture with excellent colours, details and sharpness.
Outstanding composition and focus.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-09-11 16:32]

Very interesting timing, pose and point of view.
Pleasing soft colors and composition.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2010-09-15 16:30]

Bonsoir Chris,

Nice capture. I used to see them in trees with lot of leaves. To see him on a naked branch is quite different. Good POV, good sharpness and exposure. You also have nice shadow detail on his chest. Looks like there was some light refected from under. Great shot and TFS.


Hallo Chris,
a superb capture of the Koala taken from an excellent POV with very good sharpness, very beautiful natural colours, a very nice composition with a fantastic posture against the blue sky.
Best regards

Hi Chris,
amazing species,excellent shot!!
TFS, Ferran

Hy Chris
This guy seems quite active! Yes, is worth posting this image , considering their sleepy and lazy behaviour.
Kind regards,

hello Chris
I missed this post of yours. it is great capture of famous koala. great sharp focus and POV. exposure and eyes contact also great as like composition and colors.thanks for sharing.
best wishes

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