WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Animals in Their Environment

David Gallan, Australia

Home of the Quoll

It took David three years to locate this quoll – and another six months to take this photograph. He set up a camera trap where a fallen log bridged a stream, foregoing flash to minimise disturbance, then placed a scent bait to pause any passing quolls. His perseverance paid off when this hunting female scampered into view.

These shy creatures are ferocious predators. Almost a metre long from nose to tail, quolls can slice meat off the reptiles, birds and mammals they hunt with their strong teeth and muscles. Like all quoll species, the spotted-tailed quoll is threatened by habitat loss due to industrial logging and competition with introduced species.

Technical specification

Nikon D7000; Nikon 10–24mm f3.5–4.5 lens at 15mm; 1/100 sec at f4.5 (-0.67 e/v); ISO 3200; Sabre trigger; Home-made housing; Manfrotto tripod


Monga National Park, New South Wales, Australia: latitude -35.561882, longitude 149.91847 Monga National Park, New South Wales, Australia: latitude -35.561882, longitude 149.91847

Monga National Park, New South Wales, Australia

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