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Marsupial Bulldozer

Marsupial Bulldozer
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-22 5:44
Viewed: 4033
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Common Wombat (Vombatus Ursinus) a native herbivorous marsupial from south-eastern Australia. They grow to just over a metre long and weigh up to 35kg.
They are primarily noctural, though in the cooler months they sometimes come out of the burrows to feed in the late afternoon. During the day, they live in burrows dug in the sides of sloping land and sometimes the banks of watercourses. You can see the powerfull forelimbs and claws in this shot. Most burrows are 3-5 metres in length, but some older ones can be up to 20m long. Each adult may have up to a dozen burrows spread through its foraging territory. They feed on a variety of grasses and herbs and are highly territorial.
Only one young is produced every two years and the young lives in a backwards-facing pouch (like in a kangaroo) for 6-8 months. The young then follow the mother for another year.
Territories are marked by dropping dung along the boundary and disputes can lead to fierce encounters, notice the wounds on this guys shoulder.
They also have poor eyesight and if disturbed are likely to run straight at you, so get out of the way. :}

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Hi Chris
Really cool animal! I was really surprised during my visit to Australia with so much interesting animals. This one is wit nice details and colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-22 7:05]

Hello Chris,
We never saw a Wombat during our visit to NSW so it's nice to see this capture. Nice technical quality and good lighting and colours. I didn't know they were so big!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

A good close up look at a Wombat Chris.
I remember seeing these years ago just outside Sydney.
They don't look all that fierce but I know their reputation.
Great exposure and detail in this shot.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-10-22 7:24]

Hi Chris,

A nice capture with good colors and details of an animal I never saw before,the light gives an excellent shining over his fur,tfs


  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-22 7:36]

Hi Chris, gosh! I have never seen a Wombat before, he certainly looks very sturdy and strong. Nice pov and great note.
:) later

Oh my...! This animal has everything except something Common to me :)! What a strange looking guy. This is the first time I see this specie and I think that it looks so unusual; like a mix between a groundhog, a hare, a baby bear, etc :) This is a much interesting post, well realized. Thanks!

Great, great shot. Absolutely lovely detail - and very cute too :)
Well done...

Hola Chris,
Excelente toma, buenos los detalles que nos muestras con gran nitidez y buenas texturas, Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Chris!
I have to say that firstly the title paid my attention :) It is not only funny but also... correct :)
And the animal is very interesting. I am only about 10 months on TN and have not seen all pictures presented here but I can not remember if there was any similar photo here. So I believe that this is the first :)
Details, sharpness, POV and DoF are very good, it is a great pleasure to watch this "downy ball" :)
Best withes from Poland,

Hi Chris
It is the first picture of wombat that I've seen in TN.
It is not the commonest species here :)
Very well composed and exposed picture. It is very sharp as well. Good, informative note.
So, everything is perfcet: interesting object and nice presentation.
Thanks for sharing

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-24 7:30]

Hello Chris,
Strange, but I don't ever recall seeing such a good picture of a Wombat! It's very sharp - the fur looks really beautiful. I like your title and your note too!
Thanks a lot and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Chris,
Great in the wild capture of this cool looking marsupial..Very good plane of focus, detail, and natural color.
Have a great weekend,

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