Thursday, October 24, 2013

Borneo or Kalimantan (5/13)

As a child, I was mesmerized when seeing my the first Orangutan with their beautiful reddish color and human like behavior.  So, the Orangutan was certainly on my bucket list of animals to see and hopefully photograph.  To view these animals in the wild, there are only a few parks in the world that offer opportunities.  One of those parks, Tanjung Puting National Park, has one of the highest densities of Orangutans in the world.  We were met in at the airport by our guide and transported directly to a Klotok, which is the traditional wooden boats used by the locals for jungle safairs.  We spent over a week touring in the jungle from this boat and stopping at known viewing locations.  As you can see the images captured of the mother and young were very special.
 The below image turned out to be extraordinary.  When looking at the eyes magnified on the computer, you can see the reflection of the jungle. 
In the below photograph, the female allowed a close approach with a memorable position by the baby.
As you can see the stoic alpha males had very interesting faces.

Another monkey observed on the trip was the Proboscus.  You can see by it's pronounced nose, it is named appropriately.

Lots more images over on my web site if inclined to visit.  Blue Skies.

1 comment:

Elaine said...

Exquisite shots! The Orangutan shots show so much personality. Just beautiful!