|Copyright: Mauricio Herran (sismhm)
|Date Taken: 2008-01-05|
|Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-07-21 12:51|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|I was taking some pictures in a farm very near Santa Marta, when someone said to me that probably there was an animal inside an old hollow trunk in the forest, which was seen at night. The following day I decided to approach to that place to take a shot, but it was not easy for I had to climb the tree with the camera, but when I got to the exact point I couldn't see anything. The hole was so deep and dark. I decided to use the zoom and the flash of the camera, and was very surprised when I could recognize some parts of the body, I had to enlarge the image on the camera's screen to see in details what was all about! Finally I took several shots with different zooms and amounts of light, and despite of the noises I did, he didn't wake up, I also could notice some green leaves under his body as if he had done a leaf-nest. |
In this part of the country this animal is known as "Zorro Chucho", because of its strong bad smelling. It really stinks!. They feed on birds, chickens, grasshoppers, eggs, beetles, etc. The scientific name is Didelphis marsupalis and was very common, but now is disappearing in large areas because of the humans.
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Taking into account how difficult it was to get this shot you have done very very well!
Your efforts should be rewarded more for the somewhat difficulty in aquiring this image, I know for I have climbed many trees just to get the shot, there have been times where I have almost fallen out of trees as well. Thanks for sharing this great habit shot.