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rock wallaby

rock wallaby
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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: 2004-11-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-11-26 6:33
Viewed: 5321
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Short-eared Rock Wallaby (Petrogale brachyotis) is a small agile macropod (550mm head-body + 500mm tail) is rarely photographed.
It is confined to rocky outcrops along the near-coastal tropical woodlands of the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia, generally within 200km of the coast or within the 600mm rainfall isohyet. It is usually a nocturnal animal, sheltering in caves and deep crevices during the day, but occasionally can be found sun-basking in the early morning. Like most macropods, it feeds on grasses, herbs and seeds and is generally a solitary animal, though groups occur in some areas. Like so many Australian mammals, very little is known or published about their general ecology.
This individual was found early one morning near Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park. We disturbed it sheltering under a rock overhang in monsoon vine forest. It took off up slope with amazing speed, then stopped and watched us. I climbed up the rock face in the hope of getting a shot. To my surprise it allowed me to get within about 30m, but alas, I couldn’t find a suitable hole in the undergrowth to get a clear shot and this is the best I could do. Despite the annoying stick in the foreground you can see all its distinguishing features, including the bushy tail-tip, the big eyes and the white stripe behind the forearms. (Note also the injured ear and forehead). All I got was two shots and then the wallaby disappeared into the small cave in the top right of the image.
Cropped from original, levels adjustment and 80% USM applied.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-11-26 9:05]
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Wildlife photography is about bush, trees, grasses etc. I like what you did to get the shot and how you got it.
The authenticity of the shot adds to your image.
Not your typical Zoo or rehab shot where you see the fine details of fur or feathers of the subject that is less then 5 feet away. For not having a $2000 camera and $6,000 telephoto lens and $300 ext. You have done well with the Fuji S5000 and there is nothing wrong with it.
Two thumbs up on this one.
Well done.

Ps. I have found that the S5000 works best on CCD RAW, it takes up alot of space, but worth it.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-26 9:08]
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Wild animals aren't models. I tried to photograph some sparrows in the bush today but with no luck. My Olympus resisted to set proper focus and then sparrows disappeared. Your picture maybe isn't technically perfect but worth watching!

Good genuine wild capture Chris some branches in the way but as has already been said nice one with the available equipment.
As mike says always try to use the best possible quality type of image your camera will allow, i know it will cut down the number you can get onto a merory card but it is worth it of the better images gained, you just have to review and deleat a few more.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-11-26 14:07]
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Hi Chris
One cute little critter - I think you did well in nailing him at all, and that in the wild. Nice note to, thanks for posting.

Good one Chris.It has the real feel of a candid shot in the wild.I reckon an imperfect shot in the wild is worth ten perfect shots taken in a zoo anyday.
I hear New Zealand has just sent back a whole bunch of rare Wallabies from Oz that have been living on our offshore islands for about a hundred years.
I saw some of them once when I was camping on Waiheke.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-26 16:47]

La nitidez tal vez no sea óptima, pero comparto los comentarios anteriores sobre la valía de esta imagen capturada en medio de la naturaleza.
Excelente presentacion Crhis.

Perhaps the clearness is not optimal, but I share the previous commentaries about was worth it of this image captured in the middle of the nature.
Excellent presentation Crhis.

It is not very sharp, but given the conditions and the nature of this lovley critter well worth posting. Thanx for sharing Chris.

Australila ! beautiful country
Great catch but it is not sharp !

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-28 0:11]

Seeing what you have gon through to take this I wont comment on the distracting. I also try and take most of my shots in the wild and you cannot choose the setting and has to make do with what you get. I like the image.

hanks for posting

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