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Tasmanian Devil


Posted by Cindy Marple on Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:59 pm

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Bicheno, Tasmania
Canon 7DmkII, 100-400 at 100mm, iso6400, 1/40 f/4.5

I know the Image Quality isn't great on this but this is the animal I most wanted to see in Australia.  This was taken in a controlled situation from a hide with glass windows, lit by a spotlight.  I pressed the lens hood up to the glass to reduce reflections and for stability (tripods not useable due to the space arrangement), and fired a burst in an effort to get at least one semi-sharp image. 

Devil populations in the past 10 or so years have plummeted due to a highly contagious, fatal, facial cancer type disease, making it hard to find them in the wild any more.  This wild animal is part of a small study population that's been vaccinated and is confined to a 10 hectare / 25 acre compound for a period of time.  I would've preferred seeing them in a truly wild situation, but given the circumstances I was happy to at least get to see the 4 or 5 we were able to view in this setting.  Unfortunately the vaccine is not a cure, but is helping to slow the progression of disease in the innoculated animals.  Research is still ongoing and hoping for more positive news in the future. 

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by Robert Sabin on Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:16 pm
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Cute...Well done..
 

by Dave Courtenay on Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:24 pm
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I love Tazi devils, Such characters, You dont see many images of them so well done


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by Ron Day on Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:57 pm
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Great work, Cindy! A fine image and very interesting narrative!
 

by john on Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:39 pm
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I'd say given the conditions and ISO this turned out excellent.
 

by david fletcher on Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:12 am
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As Dave said.. don't see many images of them so well done. Interesting info as well Cindy. Thanks
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by Ed Cordes on Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:17 am
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I've never seen an image of one of these. Thanks so much for sharing. The sad story of their fate is distressing. Maybe a good benefit, however, would be that the technology used to assist them in their fight against cancer will eventually trickle down to the treatment of some human cancers.
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by TerryWSmith on Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:59 pm
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First thing I can say is, How many people have images of Tasmanian Devils?
Very cool.

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by Carol Clarke on Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:35 pm
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This is only the third image of a TD that we've had posted here, so well done!  :D 
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by clement on Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:41 pm
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WOW such a sweet shot you have got here of this beauty
 

by David J. Bogener on Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:44 pm
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So cool! Not certain if i have seen these species posted here previously. The center comp works here.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:29 am
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Well worth posting and what an education! Glad to see one alive-thanks!
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by Jakejacoby on Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:16 pm
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Thanks for sharing the photo and the plight of this most interesting animal Cindy. I wish they could put the meds in their food source so they would continued to get medicated.
 

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