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Photographing Koalas in Cleveland's Parks

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published February 19th 2020
Redland City is known for its continuing population of wild koalas who live and move between its parks and suburban homes. However, their habits such as being nocturnal and sleeping for up to 23 hours a day means that actually seeing them is by no means guaranteed.

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A young wild koala in Cleveland

That said, some of the parks in Cleveland provide better than average opportunities for doing so.

One of these is Henry Ziegenfusz Park, or the Cleveland / Thornlands Cricket Ground along Fitzroy St in Cleveland. Eucalyptus trees line the outside of this park, with many firm favourites for local koalas. Some, such as Mable pictured below, are even tagged and recognisable by these.

Mabel Koala
Mabel Koala in Henry Ziegenfusz Park

Another park with trees that are popular amongst the local koala population is William Ross Park next to Cleveland State School nestled between Queen St and Island St in Cleveland. Here the koalas move between the very tall trees in the park, and those along the tidal drain next to Cleveland State School.

In each case, just walking around beneath the trees is the best way to find koalas. In the early evening especially, they may begin to wake up and move around which increases your chances of spotting them. Otherwise, they can simply seem like small blobs up in the tops of the trees, masquerading as termite nests.

An awake koala in Cleveland
An awake koala in Cleveland

As always with wildlife, a camera with a telephoto lens is recommended for capturing really sharp shots with great detail. Each of the photographs here were taken with a Nikon 200-500mm lens, although lenses on point and shoot cameras such as the Nikon P900 would also work well.
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The photos are stunning Meg. Beautiful work. I've never seen a close up of their eyes.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|2420) 412 days ago
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