Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil, Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania, AustraliaThis Tasmanian devil appears to be letting out a blood curdling scream, but in reality, he was just a bit sleepy and letting out a good yawn. I photographed devils both in the wild (at night as they are mostly nocturnal) and at a few of the many captive breeding centers around Tasmania. The countrywide captive breeding program is vital to the survival of the species as the deadly and highly contagious facial tumor disease is bringing the current wild populations to the brink of extinction. This particular devil was at a place called Devils@Cradle, a rehab and reintroduction sanctuary at the base of Cradle Mountain National Park.
Nikon D810 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 200mm) ISO 2200, f/4 at 1/160th of a second

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  1. Amy Belitsos May 15, 2017 at 12:09 am #

    Woa, that’s a scarey mouse!

  2. Peter Butterfield May 15, 2017 at 6:55 am #

    —– Engine needs to slow
    —– Only so long can energy
    —– Burn sans oxygen.

  3. Sue May 15, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    Your timing was everything, Sean – great capture!

  4. Rachel Bellenoit May 15, 2017 at 11:05 am #

    🙂 It does look more like a yawn, yet a warning to not get near those sharp teeth!

  5. Grace T Pushkin May 15, 2017 at 11:28 am #

    This photo is amazing, thank you.

  6. Susan Rubeo May 15, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    Great capture of a relaxing time for the devil
    Your photos maybe the only way we will remember them at some time in future

    Aunt Sue