Sabah Monochromes

3-14 May 2019, Sabah, Malaysia

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Street markets, Kota Kinabalu.

from KK Markets (Kota Kinabalu).

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Fish markets, Kota Kinabalu.

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Fishing boat, Kota Kinabalu.

from KK Fishing Boats (Kota Kinabalu).

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Egret, Kota Kinabalu Wetland Ramsar Site.

from Egrets – I’ve had a few….

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Orchid, Mt Kinabalu Botanical Garden.

from Mount Kinabalu.

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Common Tree Nymphs, Butterf;y Farm, Poring Hot Springs.

from Poring Hot Springs and Sabah Tea Plantation.

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Sunset, Sabah Tea Plantation.

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Scarlet-backed flowerpecker.

from Sepilok Day 1 – Giant Flying Squirrels.

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Unidentified Butterfly.

from Sepilok Day 2 – Sun Bears and Orang Utans.

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Sun Bear, Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

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Native bees and hive, on the trunk of a tree.

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Orangutan, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sepilok.

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Wild orangutan, Sepilok.

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Orangutans in nest high in trees, Sepilok.

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Plantain squirrel, Sepilok.

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Western Tarsier, Sepilok.

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Pig-tailed macaques, Kinabatangan River.

from Kinabatangan River Day 1 – Pig Tailed Macaques.

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Egret, Kinabatangan River

from Kinabatangan River Day 2 – Proboscis Monkeys.

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Male Proboscis Monkey.

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Male Proboscis Monkey.

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Wild orangutan and baby, Caves of Goomontong.

from Tabin Day 1.

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Pig-tailed macaques, Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

from Tabin Day 1.

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Monitor lizard.

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Agamid lizard (draco genus).

from Tabin Day 2 – Clouded Leopard.

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Crested serpent eagle.

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White-crowned hornbill.

from Tabin Day 3 – Last day in Sabah.

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Honey comb of the Giant Honey Bee (apis dosata).

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Walking towards the mud volcano.

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Buffy fish owl.

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Sunset.

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Tabin Day 1

Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah, 11 May 2019.

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Orangutan mother and baby.

On this day we travelled to Tabin Wildlife Reserve.  On the way we stopped at the Caves of Goomontong, at a huge cave populated with bats and swiftlets.  Lighting was fiendishly difficult there and I have no images to show you but on the walk back from the cave we encountered a wild orangutan mother and baby.  It looks as though they might be in a zoo but they’re just sitting on the steps of an abandoned building.

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Millipede.

Now we are in Tabin in the later morning and I think this millipede was on a rail outside our room.  The difference between centipedes and millipedes is not the number of legs, it’s that centipedes have one pair of legs per segment whereas millipedes have two.

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Pig-tailed macaques.

It is now the late afternoon.  We might have been sitting around to escape the midday heat or it might have been raining.  I can’t remember which. You expect to encounter rain each afternoon and perhaps in the evening in Sabah but we were lucky in this trip and that only happened in Tabin.

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Pig-tailed Macaque.

We were photographing these images from the back of a small open truck.

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Monitor lizard and with something, maybe an insect, in his mouth.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a large island in a sea of palm oil plantations.  There is a lot of wildlife though most is secondary forest and it shows how much though not all of the wildlife will survive the largest trees being taken out, though the replacement of the forest for uses such as palm oil plantations is another matter.  There is also a much smaller island of primary forest, but that is not open to humans.

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Crested serpent eagle.

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White-crowned hornbill.

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Buffy fish owl.

We are now on a nighttime walk.

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Stick insect (probably Haaniella echinate), endemic to Borneo.

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Unidentified moth.

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Sepilok Day 2 – Sun Bears and Orang Utans

Sepilok, Sabah, 9 May 2019.

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Unidentified butterfly.

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In the morning we visited the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre.  Each one has a unique chest patch.

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The sun bear is the world’s smallest bear, averaging one metre in length and is endemic to Borneo.

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They are primarily nocturnal, feeding on insects, though they also have a taste for honey.

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Obviously here, they are not in the wild and are feeding on carrots.

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They are listed as vulnerable and their population is declining due to habitat loss.

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Note the formidable claws, presumably for climbing trees.

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Unidentified bees and hive, on the trunk of a tree.

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Unidentified caterpillar.

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In the afternoon we visited the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

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Feet and hands are relatively interchangeable.

There are rescued orangutans here, including infants without parents.  Food and care is provided and the centre is open to adjacent rainforest including wild orangutans.

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Orangutans, including the Borneo species, are critically endangered due to habitat loss.  Population in Borneo has declined by about 15% since the middle 20th century and they may become extinct in the wild within ten to twenty years without effective conservation measures.

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This and the preceding three images were taken through glass in an observation building.

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We are now out of the building and in the rainforest.

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There are also some feeding sites out in the open.

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You have to stay back from the orangutans though.  While they are not usually aggressive, they are eight times stronger than a human.

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Orangutans make a nest in a tree each night.  Here some were doing just that.

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You can only take one camera and lens in the see the orangutans and no bags of any kind.  Otherwise, an orangutan might take a fancy to your camera bag (and you’d be well advised not to argue).  I had a 300mm lens (for a full frame body) and a 1.4x teleconverter.  This was too long to be convenient inside the building but came in handy for these last images.

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There was also a plantain squirrel checking out the culinary options on display.

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Black fur but pinkish underneath.

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Much later we went for a night walk.  This is an Island Palm Civet by torchlight.

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Rufous-backed kingfisher.

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Strange unidentified insect.

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Slow Loris (such as you can see – pushing the boundaries to get that much).

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Black and Crimson Pitta, sleeping in a tree.

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A Western Tarsier.

We were very fortunate to encounter a Tarsier, which are rare, nocturnal and hard to find.  It is an ancient primate, little changed for 45 million years.  (Primates include monkeys, lemurs and apes, which in turn include us).  There are several species and all are classified as vulnerable to extinction.  It is tiny, 70-150cm in length and 1 kilogram in weight and each of its giant eyes are as large as its brain.  It is the only carnivorous primate, eating mainly insects but also birds, lizards and bats.  It can take great leaps from one tree to the next, to a distance of around thirty times its body length.  It can also rotate its head 180 degrees.

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