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Eye-patterned Gum Hopper

Platybrachys vidua


This creature had me completely fooled! It was in shadow, blended almost perfectly with the bark of the gum tree it was on (I have lightened some of these shots so you can see the detail). All I could see clearly was the 'eyes' - I kept trying to get a shot of the head but it was walking up the tree away from me. It wasn't until I got inside and looked at the shots later that I found the 'eyes' were on its tail and it had been moving up the tree backwards. Totally duped!!!

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Megs18 5 years ago

Oh thats classic, Shanna! I know what you mean when your trying to take the photo as they are walking away from you. So tempted to stop them in their tracks but I just can't do it!

ShannaB 5 years ago

Thanks Ashish. I was very surprised when I realised I had it the wrong way around!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 5 years ago

You lucky one who grabbed their facial capture... fantastic learning for everyone.

4573, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -26.56, Long: 153.08

Spotted on Mar 27, 2012
Submitted on Apr 16, 2012

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