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Copyright: jim stevens (jimbob) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 125] (427)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-26 15:05
Viewed: 5491
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brush tailed Opossum. The Possum was introduced to New Zealand from Australia to start a fur industry in 1837. In its native land the Opossum is up against dingoes, bush fires and less palatable vegetation, but in New Zealand conditions are so favourable it often breeds twice in one year. It is estimated that the New Zealand Opossum population now tops 70 million and chomps its way through seven million tonnes of vegetation per year.
Why are Opossums a problem?
The damage to native forests can be seen all too clearly in many areas. Opossums ignore old leaves and select the best new growth. In some areas they have eaten whole canopies of rata, totara, titoki, kowhai and kohekohe.
Opossums compete with native birds for habitat and for food such as insects and berries. They also disturb nesting birds, eat their eggs and chicks and may impact on native land snails.
Dairy and deer farmers have the added worry of Opossums spreading bovine tuberculosis.
Opossums are a nuisance in suburban gardens, and sometimes even indoors. By DOC.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-26 15:14]

Very charming image!
Good lighting and nice pose.
Thanks for posting!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-26 16:44]

Hello Jim!
Wonderful capture.I liked sharpness,POV,clear details,
lighting,dark BG and compositgion a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-26 17:17]

Hi Jim, yes, a very big pest in NZ. Was this on Tiri too? Surely not!! We don't often see these animals, unless they've been squashed on the roads, so I am really pleased to see it. Nice and sharp, a good job, thank you

What a little darling! Looks like a cross between a roo and a possum. Our possums in NA look like giant grey rats, not like this cute dewy eyed little fuzzball. I love it! If this image is cropped at all from the original, I would suggest trying a diagonal composition.

Hi Jim,
Great capture. Good composition and sharpness.

Well done Jim. This is a great shot of the Opossum. Well composed, good POV (Point of view), nice use of your flash. Image is a better size and you have presented it nicely. Well done! Thanks.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-27 12:53]

A great shot of an unusual animal. Very sharp details, fantastic pose, wonderful composition. Congratulations, Jim, and TFS. : )

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  • livia Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 2 N: 9] (32)
  • [2006-01-27 16:29]

Hi Jim :-)

What a funny animal :-) so sweet and smal. Nice colors and shot. Well done!



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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2006-01-31 19:55]

Great capture, good clarity, sharpness and funny pose, well done and thanks for sharing.

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