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Wombat Wanderings

The common, or bare-nosed wombat is the only wombat you will find in Tasmania. The other two species found in mainland Australia are the northern and southern hairy-nosed wombats.

Tasmanian bare-nosed wombat at Cradle Mountain

Tasmanian bare-nosed wombat at Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is a bit of a hot spot for seeing wombats in the wild and last week we found this fellow wandering across the grass near the Lodge, utterly disinterested in us as we snapped some shots.

Tasmanian bare-nosed wombat at Cradle Mountain

Tasmanian bare-nosed wombat at Cradle Mountain

I placed the camera down on the grass to get some wombats view of the world type shots and think they came up quite well actually, even if I do have to say so myself 🙂

Tasmanian bare-nosed wombat at Cradle Mountain

The little fellow wondered across the grass, offering lots of different composition opportunities for the camera

My settings/technique for these shots was as follows:

Using my Pentax K1 and wide angle 15-30 f2.8 lens

TAv mode which basically means auto/flexible ISO with manual settings.

Dialled in f5 and shutter speed of 1/200 as it was in the low light of dusk; and the ISO pretty much maxed out at 6400 for most shots.

I used live view for focusing, as I had the camera on the grass and shot in burst mode as the wombat slowly traversed the grass, head down and munching all the while.

 

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