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What a great morning. Out early before work taking some images of the wind farm at Portland. As I leant against the car a Koala emerged from the bush about twenty metres from me and started to slowly walk towards me along the roadside.

I sat down quietly thinking it would be scared but it walked right up, sat near my feet and allowed me to take a range of images and then slowly ambled down to the side of the car where it sat looking at its own image being reflected. After trying to paw at itself there for about ten minutes it slowly walked off back into the scrub.

What an experience!!!!

For anyone from overseas I must tell you this just normally doesn’t happen with Koala’s, they are shy and usually steer away from humans unless in captivity.

Shot with my brand new Canon 7D that I was using for only the second time, coupled with 17 -85 lens.


  • Lars
    Larsabout 5 years ago

    wow what a darling portrait, how lucky of you to come across this guy

  • Bob Wickham
    Bob Wickhamabout 5 years ago

    Wow!! you lucky bugger … for me they’re always asleep right at the top of the tallest tree. Great image Steve, well done.

  • Thanks Bob, normally my story as well.

    – Steve Chapple

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxabout 5 years ago

    Sooooo cute.. What a great capture of this adorable K.B. Makes me wanna hug him..

  • Yeah I thought that too until I had a real close up look at his claws!

    – Steve Chapple

  • Emjay01
    Emjay01about 5 years ago

    Brilliant shot Steve, right place at the right time. Bet it made your day a happier one :-)

  • Thanks mate, yeah it did, something I won’t forget in a long time.

    – Steve Chapple

  • Juilee  Pryor
    Juilee Pryorabout 5 years ago

    wow lucky you… he looks like he is posing for you like a faithful hound or something… amazing

  • Thanks Julie, I have so many shots from the shoot it is amazing…

    – Steve Chapple

  • Biggzie
    Biggzieabout 5 years ago

    Good one … bit easier to see on this screen :)

  • Harvey Schiller
    Harvey Schillerabout 5 years ago

    Great story. Nice koala portrait. He’s got great ears!

  • Thanks Harvey. I thought the white neck collar was better than most I have seen before as well.

    – Steve Chapple

  • Robert Jenner
    Robert Jennerabout 5 years ago

    Wow Great capture Steve… Rob :))

  • Thanks Rob, right place right time.

    – Steve Chapple

  • Erin Kanoa
    Erin Kanoaabout 5 years ago

    Love this! Perfect feel! Soooo Cute!

  • Thanks Erin.

    – Steve Chapple

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelabout 5 years ago

    Precious capture.

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