For a long time I wanted to portrait a koala in the wild, but this is easier said than done. It took several trips to Australia before in 2016 I got a koala in the wild in front of my camera....
It's all about walking through the bush at the right time. I had heard of an area near the Great Ocean Road with a large number of koalas, but to spot them, you have to go a long way into the bush, look high up in the eucalyptus trees, be lucky with the light and hope that they show some activity.
Fortunately, I have a dear "Aussie" friend with a Jeep, so we did the first part by car. Then I continued on foot with my camera. After some time, I did find some nice critters, but quite hidden and in a deep sleep. Alas!
Disappointed, I started the journey back and was startled by a loud, deep growling sound. I began to pick up my pace, because I didn't feel really safe all by myself...., but suddenly I saw who the noisemaker was.
This super-cute friend was trying to attract a girlfriend, hence his growling. So camera on, luckily right lens on camera, seeking balance because he was sitting quite a distance away and focus! And yes, beautifully posing with a somewhat suspicious look. My mission accomplished!
Forest fires have already destroyed a lot of wildlife in Australia.
Are you interested in adopting a koala? Then visit the website of the Koala Hospital and do your bit!