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Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My trips to Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-27 16:38
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) only lives in coastal mangrove forests of the world’s third largest island, Borneo. I visited several locations where they exist in Sabah while I was there, two by boat and this at Labuk Bay near Sandakan. Here there are boardwalks through the mangroves that take you to feeding station. Once a day the monkeys are offered a small meal that replicates their natural food. Two troops of monkey come to station, each with a dominant male, yet they stay on either side of the feeding station. Each troop has about 25-30 members and there were quite a few young ones, so this population seems to be doing good.

The Proboscis Monkey is listed as endangered, primarily due to habitat reduction with vast areas of mangrove being converted in highly profitable palm-oil plantations. Although they are protected by law, habitat destruction appears to be continuing.

Proboscis Monkies are largely arboreal, though they do descend to the ground to cross mud flats and swim across waterways. They are also know to use the tied to migrate up and down rivers. Their diet is almost entirely mangrove leaves and unripe fruit; and the large stomach is divided into several chambers, much like a cow, where bacteria help to digest cellulose and neutralize toxins. The large noses are thought to be used in sexual display and also to extract salts that are ingested from the diet. Males stand at around 75 cm (2.5ft) and weigh up to 25kg (51lbs).

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-27 22:32]

Hi Chris.
What a pictorial three-dimensional picture of a very attractive subject. I am amazed a lot with great DOF and superb sharpness of whole image. Main characters are very cute and shown at their natural occupation. Surroundings are also wonderful and presented perfectly. My compliments and warm regards.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-28 0:55]

Hi Chris
Wonderful Proboscis Monkey family!
Great sharp details and lovely colors.
What a funny face have this amazing monkey!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-28 0:59]

Hello Chris.
What a beautiful and interesting scene, well composed and with great colours and details. Very nice work, Thanks very much for sharing. Regards my friend.Best regards Siggi

Hello Chris,
Very interesting family scene, with the male watching for potential danger. Colours and sharpness are excellent. They have funny faces with their large nose, including already the kid. Cheers,

Hi Chris,
Very good photo of this family of proboscis monkeys,in their natural habitat,but for how long ?

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-28 4:32]

Hi Chris,
you capture it very interesting.
POV with great details and beautiful colors.
I was terribly amused. Excellent shot.
Have a pleasant Sunday,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-28 5:09]

Hello Chris,
Fantastic photo of this family. The DOF in your photo is really perfect. Beautiful natural and clear colours. Excellent sharpness, details and composition. Very good POV.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-28 5:30]

hello Chris,
These monkeys have such a special look.. recently I have seen a documentary-film on them. Very pleasing family-portrait on the trees. Every Proboscis monkey on the picture has an interesting expression. Very natural and pleasing animal-picture.
Thanks also for the note.
Kind regards

Hello Chris.
What sensational picture of this Proboscis Monkey family!
This is an unusual image here in TN.
Excellent photo quality: color, light, sharpness and composition!
Very well done!
José Roberto

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-28 7:58]

Hello Chris
Very nice capture of this monkey family. I like colors scene and details
Thanks for sharing

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-03-28 8:04]

Hello Chris,
Wow, what a sight, and so close! Really brilliant!
We saw these some years back in Sarawak but never got a shot like this!! Excellent sharpness, light and colours and a great composition.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Chris,
a fantastic capture of the Proboscis Monkey, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV and composition with a very pleasing family scene.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-28 23:34]

Hello again Chris,
A fine opportunity well taken to show this pair of Proboscis Monkeys from a great POV in natural surroundings with fine sharpness and colours.
We were only able to see them at a distance in Sarawak and its great that they arrange to make them used to ecoturists: a good conservation measure!
Thanks and all the best,

Hello Chris.

Thank you for that picture of Nasalis larvatus.

The composition and the point of view are very attractive. I like the posture of the female, on the right side or the picture.
The sharpness and the depth of field are excellent.
The colours are very natural.

Thank you for the sharing. See you soon on treknature for other pictures.

All the best.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-20 5:23]

Hi Chris,
really a sharp capture of the monkeys. Beautiful colours and the contrast with the jungle surrounding is pretty indeed. The details are stunning.
i like seeing their natural action.
Well seen and thanks for sharing as I never see one myself.


Great exposure on this really nice capture of these rare primates, the colors are spectacular. This is one subject I would really enjoy photographing, I love the extended nose on the males and find it quite interesting. Very nice Chris. :)

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