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Mama and Baby Sloth


Posted by Cindy Marple on Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:34 pm

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Mama and baby 3-toed Sloth
Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Nikon D850, 80-400mm at 150mm
ISO1250, 1/60, f/5

Sloths are arboreal and mostly seen high in the trees.  Once a week they come down to defacate on the ground.  We were so lucky to encounter this mama and baby as she came down to the ground, giving an eye-level perspective.  If I had it to do again I'd use a higher ISO, shutter speed and f/stop, not quite as sharp throughout as I'd like. 

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by SantaFeJoe on Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:02 pm
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Love this portrait! I like how the sloths grow moss on their backs and head. I guess they’re not rolling stones.

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by Ron Day on Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:00 pm
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Exceptional image, CIndy. Love how you captured them in native habitat. Well done.
 

by Steve Kaluski on Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:12 am
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You can see how well they blend in with the habitat, nicely framed. Agree on your own critique Cindy, albeit I can't comment on how well Nikon deals with higher ISO, but with camera bodies these days they are designed to be pushed to nail the capture and long gone are the days of slow SS.

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by Carol Clarke on Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:19 am
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That's a serious crop of algae she's growing in her hair, one of the greenest sloths we've seen here!  Your image shows just how well their camouflage works while they're up in their arboreal domain, and no doubt the little one will grow its green algae crop with the passing of time.  Lucky you that your visit coincided with her weekly poop, and you got this sweet photo of mother and baby.  Well done.

I don't know if you've seen any of them, but I think the 'Ice Age' film series has produced a whole new legion of sloth fans, thanks to 'Sid' and his antics!  :) 

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by Cindy Marple on Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:13 am
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Carol Clark wrote:
I don't know if you've seen any of them, but I think the 'Ice Age' film series has produced a whole new legion of sloth fans, thanks to 'Sid' and his antics!  :) 

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I knew I was seeing sloths more these days but have never seen the film so I didn't know that was the reason for it!  They are pretty cute.  Guess I need to watch that film. 
 

by david fletcher on Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:51 pm
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wonderful image Cindy! All been said and heartily agree
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by Cynthia Crawford on Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:39 am
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Wonderful study in green as well as a sweet family scene.
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