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Giant White-tailed Rat

Giant White-tailed Rat
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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: 2005-04-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-02 0:58
Viewed: 11393
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are around 370 species of native mammal on the Australian continent and most of them are nocturnal and secretive. Thus, the only way to see many of our mammals is to go spotlighting at night with a powerful torch.
This is Giant White-tailed Rat (Uromys caudimaculatus), which grows to an impressive 400mm long body size and can weight over half a kilo. Unfortunately the white part of the tail is behind the tree in this shot and I only managed two shots before he scampered off.
Yes, it’s a male, you can tell from the enlarged testicles. They are semi-arboreal, usually alone or in pairs groups foraging through the forest for fruits, seeds, fungi, birds eggs and insects. They are only found in coastal rainforests and moist eucalypt forests north of Townsville along the north east coast of Queensland.
We found this one in the camping ground at Jourama Falls. Not the greatest shot in the world but not too bad considering the small built in flash of my S5000. Post-processing included levels adjustment, some USM. 4/4 60 3.2

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Now there's another good reason not to sleep in the Aussie bush at night.I don't supposse they spit venom?
A great capture,though I don't know if the testes make up for the tail.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-02 4:22]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique pour ce gros rongeur. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well Done !

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-02 6:14]

Hello Chris,

This is a very interesting capture. Details are perfect and composition is good. POV & DOF are excellent. Very well done & TFS!


Nice shot, very expresive face. The light could have been better.
Well done.

If your rats weigh half a kilo I don't think I would wont to be out after dark in Aussie.
Good shot with in the limitations of your equipment.

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