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The koala is about 60 to 85 cm (24 to 33 inches) long and weighs up to 14 kg (31 pounds) in the southern part of its range (Victoria) but only about half that i...
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The koala is about 60 to 85 cm (24 to 33 inches) long and weighs up to 14 kg (31 pounds) in the southern part of its range (Victoria) but only about half that in subtropical Queensland to the north. Virtually tailless, the body is stout and gray, with a pale yellow or cream-coloured chest and mottling on the rump. The broad face has a wide, rounded, leathery nose, small yellow eyes, and big fluffy ears. The feet are strong and clawed; the two inner digits of the front feet and the innermost digit of the hind feet are opposable for grasping. Owing to the animal’s superficial resemblance to a small bear, the koala is sometimes called, albeit erroneously, the koala bear.
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juditkabath
 
juditkabath August 25, 2018
Very sweet !
nathalielaplante
 
nathalielaplante August 25, 2018
I feel to hug it!!
jessicatownsend
 
jessicatownsend August 26, 2018
Perfect shot! Such beautiful work!!!!!
judykarendal PRO
 
judykarendal October 07, 2018
This is awesome!
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nicolabeyfus October 07, 2018
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DWWhite1963 October 08, 2018
Hi, thats a great shot and I'm certain you know this, but a koala is not actually a bear. It's a marsupial. sorry for the "Cliff Claven" moment.(the know it all from the TV show "Cheers")
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DWWhite1963 October 08, 2018
See, I was right. I read info about the picture AFTER writing my comment. Sorry!
I know that the surname WHITE is as common as SMITH, but where is your family history from? ( I do family genealogy).

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in amazing Currumbin wildlife sanctuary, Gold Coast, Australia.
Time
It was somehow close to midday, but as the animals were sitting in shade, it didn't take so much tweaks or changes.
Lighting
I used natural light for this photo, the most important thing was finding the right angle, and a shady area that did not have too much contrast.
Equipment
I used Nikon D810 with Tamron 70-200 f2.8 G2 series, used wide aperture and 200mm zoom. I used the fence to help my hands being steady and took about 20 photos of each subject.
Inspiration
Each Australian state has its own list of endangered species. In New South Wales, the koala bear is listed as "vulnerable" statewide, whereas in Queensland, the species is considered to be at risk only in certain specific areas. They usually get hit by cars crossing the roads at night, or sometimes eat poisonous stuff from farming or get stuck in bushfires. I just wanted to have a collection of these beauty.
Editing
Yes, I usually import the photos to lightroom, work on white balance, saturation and clarity/sharpness. That's all.
In my camera bag
I usually have my camera body, 70-200 and 15-30mm lens, and various ND and GND filters along with Manfrotto tripod.
Feedback
Start from the wildlife sanctuaries, zoo or national parks. Sometimes you need to be patient to capture the best photo.

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