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Possum
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Copyright: jim stevens (jimbob) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 125] (427)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm DX, HOYA 72mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Our world at night. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-23 15:08
Viewed: 8062
Points: 4
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Common Brush tail Possum

The Common Brush tail Possum was introduced to New Zealand by Europeans to establish a fur industry.
They soon escaped into the wild where they have thrived as an invasive species with great numbers: around 60 million individuals estimated. There are no native predators of the possum in New Zealand. There have been numerous attempts to eradicate them because of the damage they do to native trees and wildlife, as well as acting as a carrier of bovine tuberculosis. For New Zealand, the introduction of possums has resulted in as much of an ecological disaster as the introduction of rabbits has been in Australia.

A possum is any of about 64 small to medium-sized arboreal marsupial species native to Australia, New Guinea, and Sulawesi (and introduced to New Zealand). The name derives from their resemblance to the opossums of the Americas and, unlike most names applied to Australian fauna in the early years of European colonisation, happens to be accurate: the opossums of America are distant relatives. (The name is from Algonquian wapathemwa, not Greek or Latin, so the plural is possums, not possa.) Possum is also used in North America as a diminutive for the Virginia Opossum. The possum's rank odour is due to its large musk glands located behind each ear.

Possums are small marsupials with brown or grey fur, ranging in size and weight from the length of a finger or 170 grams (6 ounces) (pygmy possums and wrist-winged gliders), to the length of 120 centimetres (four feet) or 14.5 kilograms (32 pounds) (brushtails and ringtails). All possums are nocturnal and omnivorous, hiding in a nest in a hollow tree during the day and coming out during the night to forage for food. They fill much the same role in the Australian ecosystem that squirrels fill in the northern hemisphere and are broadly similar in appearance.

The two most common species of possums, the Common Brush tail and Common Ringtail, are also among the largest.

Image made with a powerful torch and fill in flash with the ISO set at 1600, hence the grain.
Thanks to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Possum

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Hi there
Good capture of our horrible pest - their carcasses are almost a hazard on the road down here.
Neroli

Hi Jim.
For a night shot with torch and fill flash this has worked great. No harsh light, exposure is good. They are not easy to get a good shot of way up in the trees in the dark. You have done well. Good detail, a slight sharpen would help bring out more detail in the face and fur but thats just my personal preference.
Well done

Kathleen
New Zealand

Nice colours with good framing the image maybe a little soft. TFS

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