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Old May 28, 2010, 9:51 AM   #1
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I have to admit that along with Sun Bear's and the original Giant Pandas themselves this is one of my favourite animals in this zoo.

These smallish (raccoon size perhaps ?) mammals are delightful. Very cute faces, non-aggressive, little fear of humans and fantastically agile climbers. There was a funny confrontation with a squirrel when the Red Panda climbed up one of the trees in their compound - with nowhere to go to get away from the Panda the squirrel jumped what must easily have been at least 15 - 20' (ca. 5-6m) on to the roof of the indoor housing to escape !

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All but one shot is from yesterday's walk through the zoo with my wife, using K7 with an M42 MF CZJ Electric Sonnar 135/3.5

#1 - Spotted those berries !
#2 - Here I come !
#3 - The first mouthful
#4 - and the second ...
#5 - those look better, but will the branch take my weight !

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Old May 28, 2010, 9:55 AM   #2
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#6 - a veritable banquet !
#7 - he (this one was slightly larger than what I assumed was the smaller female) was absolutely shattered and out of breath after all that climbing and hanging on small branches to get to the best berries !
#8 - A well deserved snooze after expending all that energy !
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Old May 28, 2010, 10:52 AM   #3
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Yeah, they are cute animals. You should check to see if the zoo allows flash - most do. Using an external flash would really help images like this as it would bring out a lot of the detail that is lost in the shadows.
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Great shots! Love the last one, hanging on the tree... didn't know there was such a thing as a "Red Panda"
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Cool shots...that a Mulberry Tree and Mulberries...the kiddos and I have been eating them on the creek the past few weeks...
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So... cute... why don't we breed these things for pets?
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John - thanks. Yes flash isn't a problem but the animal was quite high up the tree - these are cropped to maybe 1/4 size or less I think. Would the flash still reach (possibly 30 - 50' away) ?

Thanks Ned !

LTZ - thank you. Mulberries ? So that's what they are ! I drink more Mulberry juice here in preference to orange juice. More Vitamin C than oranges I believe, we go through about 4 litres a week.
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Would the flash still reach (possibly 30 - 50' away) ?
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That depends on the flash. Not the built-in one for sure. But 50' isn't far for a decent external flash. Heck, when I shoot football with flash it has no problems at 100' away. Still - that's why a flash has a guide number published. So, whatever external flash you have - look at the specs for it and see what the guide number is. That will give you the range of the flash.
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Nice going Kev, They really are cute!
They look like they might be full of mischief.
I love the one of it sleeping.
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Some really cute photos - lots of great captures of the facial expressions and behavior. Would love to see how they would look with even better light!
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