Posted by Cindy Marple on Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:52 pm

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Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Canon 7DmkII, 100-400 at 300mm, ISO2000, 1/400 f/6.3  cropped from horizontal. 
We had gray, drizzly weather the 2 days on Kangaroo Island.  Koalas do sleep a lot, this one woke up enough to take a look at us and then went back to sleep. 
Koalas were introduced to the island a hundred years ago as a precaution from extinction on the  mainland.  Their population has exploded on the island and presents a challenge because they're eating so many leaves that they're killing the manna gum trees that they prefer to eat.  There's an active project to manage the population through sterilization as well as restoration of the habitat, which is having at least some success. 

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by Carol Clarke on Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:54 am
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Good to see your images of the Australian wildlife!   

This is a classic Koala view and you handled the less than ideal conditions well.  Yes, these iconic marsupials do love their favourite eucalyptus leaves but with very little nutrition they haven't got much energy so sleep a lot.  Just as well you didn't get too close as up to 90% of Koalas have chlamydia which can be passed on to humans through their urine, and they do tend to pee on people who hold them.  Poor things really do have a fight for survival. 
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by Mark Boranyak on Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:03 am
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Very nice photo taken at a location we visited years ago. Also like the "story" behind the photo. Wish every NSNrs would do the same. When you get back you need to convince Ron (college roommate) and Beth to go  :)


by david fletcher on Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:21 pm
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super info as well as an iconic shot Cindy. Looks like a successful trip.
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by WDCarrier on Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:59 pm
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Great image of this unique species. I'd be tempted to clone out the wayward branch on the right ear.
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by Nate Chappell on Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:41 pm
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Great eye contact and nice detail Cindy!
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by Ron Day on Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:55 pm
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Wonderful image, Cindy.

by Cynthia Crawford on Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:04 am
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Wonderful story and beautiful illustration.
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