Koala – Melbourne Zoo
Finally, Melbourne is getting some cooler weather and yesterday was just perfect for photography – Zoo Photography.
The Zoo was relatively crowded as many families made a last excursion before the first school term of the year starts in the coming week. There are often slight differences between the 4 terms in the school year between states in this country.
For the first time in my life, I saw a Koala get down off a tree and scurry across the ground. I was surprised at how agile this tree dweller is, especially as he looks half asleep most of the day. He had plenty to eat in the first tree, so I’m not sure why he swapped trees, but since this lumbering gait across the ground is something most Australians will never see, let alone people from other countries, I’ve recorded his little walk in photos for you.
In the first photo, he starts to clamber (or should I say slide) down the tree trunk.
He turned around, stared straight at me and smiled in the next image – yes – smiled.
Then…..right down to the ground.
I took a mixture of Manual mode, ‘Sports’ setting, Aperture Priority and Landscape settings yesterday and you’ll probably notice some of the images are sharper in focus or a different white balance. I tried to even the photo appearance up in editing. Sometimes I managed…….and sometimes not. I’m still using the simple iPhoto editing section of the Mac Pro as I find it too tedious to go through PSE9 and/or the old free Picasa 3 software I occasionally used on my old desktop computer.
Then after looking around to see if anyone was watching, he gave a short 18 inch leap up and onto the tree trunk (I never knew Koalas could leap either, they’re too dopey. I say dopey, because Eucalyptus leaves have little nutrition and therefore Koalas have little energy).
…………then climbed a wee bit higher and went back to eating Eucalyptus leaves placed on the tree trunk by the animal keepers. I only saw one koala in the new-ish enclosure yesterday. The other ones must still be ‘on holiday‘ from when the enclosure was empty over Christmas and New Year. Over this break, a large canvas sail was erected over the enclosure as it was a bit too hot for the little Koalas. This large canvas sail will not only provide some shade, but I think will make it easier to take better exposed photographs when the bright sun is out over summer.