Kinabatangan River Day 2 – Proboscis Monkeys

Kinabatangan River, Sabah, 10 May 2019.

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These images are from two trips along the river in a boat, one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon.  All the wildlife shots are from a considerable distance with a very long lens (420mm, full frame camera).

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Oriental Pied Hornbill.

This is the most common Asian hornbill and the most adaptable to habitat loss, so is not considered threatened.  Its distribution spreads over India and South-East Asia.

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Blue-throated Bee Eater.

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Egret.

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Male Proboscis Monkey.

The male proboscis monkey is recognisable by his large nose, thought to aid in making calls.

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Female Proboscis Monkey.

Proboscis monkeys are endemic to Borneo, and live in coastal areas close to water.  They are quite large monkeys and are good swimmers, having partially webbed feet.  They are classified as endangered due to habitat loss.

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Female Proboscis Monkey.

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Female Proboscis Monkey.

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Rhinocerous Hornbill.

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Rhinocerous Hornbill.

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Saltwater Crocodile.

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Rhinocerous Hornbill.

The rhinocerous hornbill is a large hornbill with a wingspan of around a metre.  It is endemic to Borneo, Sumatra, Java, the Malay Peninsula and Southern Thailand.  It requires large tree hollows for nesting and is classified as vulnerable due to habitat loss.  The females seals herself for nesting in a tree cavity sealed with mud and the male feeds her through a hole in the mud.

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Some views of the river from the boat.  Her as Usual it is quite hot and humid

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… though sometimes it cools a little off due to rain.

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Usually it rains often but we were pretty lucky.

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Proboscis Monkeys.

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Collared kingfisher.

 

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Blue-eared kingfisher.

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A boat on the river, showing something of the scale of the rainforest.

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Proboscis Monkey.

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Proboscis Monkeys.

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Male Proboscis Monkey.

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Lines over the river. Not zip lines or for flying foxes, they are for monkeys to cross without having to tangle with the crocodiles.

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(And yes, those three images in the middle were infrared).

Egrets – I’ve had a few…

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Ramsar Site. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 2 May 2019.

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In the late afternoon, we visited the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Ramsar Site, within the city.  I had requested this and I thought we might see a different kind of wildlife from in the rainforests and it would be a good test of my equipment and technique.

Photographic technobabble alert:

I’ve mainly been shooting Fuji in the last couple of years but I decided to take Nikon this time. I decided to get a D850 to go with my 300 f2.8 and I discovered my 1.4x teleconverter had died but managed to get it replaced just before I left thanks to prompt action by Nikon Australia.  Buying a Fuji 200mm f2 and two X-T3s as an alternative was too expensive at the time, and the Nikon option offered better autofocus and greater room to crop if necessary.  I could have taken my Fuji 100-400m but that is weaker at the long end and loses about a stop in light sensitivity, critical in the often dark rainforest.

It was low tide when we reached the wetlands, connected to the sea by a tidal estuary.

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Crab on the mudflats.

The first image is an illustration of the hazards of low light shooting.  It is at 1/200sec, f4 @ 18,000 ISO, and is an 84% crop!  So it was dark and the crab was some distance away.  The exposure was hand held (though leaning on the hand rail) because there was no point getting out the tripod on a raised wooden walkway with people on it.  It’s not suitable for printing at any size but the wonder is that there is anything there to see at all.

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Mud crab with eyes on stalks.  It must hide beneath the water and mud with only eyes above, waiting for prey.

This one’s not so extreme at 1/200sec, f4 @ 2,800 ISO, but it is also an 84% crop .

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Dragonfly on a dead tree, some distance away.

This one is a more respectable exposure, being 1/100sec f4.5 @280 ISO and not cropped much at all.

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Eastern Great Egret.

I discovered that the calibration for my 300mm lens plus 1.4 teleconverter was significantly out so I did a makeshift calibration focusing on the details of a patch of mud.  Having done that, this image is now sharp.  It is on a tripod from inside a large hide.  It would have been better without the tree or pole but there were too many people for me to be able to move around.

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There were I think four or five egrets there.

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After a while they all flew off.

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Walking back now, it is a mangrove zone.

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… with lots of visible roots.

(This was taken with a Fuji X100s, so a wide angle.  All other images were with Nikon D850 + 300mm f2.8 + 1.4xTC, so a long telephoto).

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… and finally, a flower near the Visitors’ Centre..

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