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Not singing in the rain

Not singing in the rain
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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: 2009-09-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My trips to Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-15 0:16
Viewed: 7543
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends. I’ve been very busy lately with little time to get online. Hopefully I’ll be back next week and have time to do some critiquing.

This is a Müller's Bornean Gibbon (Hylobates muelleri), also known as the Grey Gibbon, is a primate in the Hylobatidae or gibbon family. Normally they are very vocal and we heard them while white-water rafting deep in the Bornean jungle. But this one was not interested in saying anything as the rain bucketed down. Take in the excellent zoo just south of Kota Kinabalu.

Unlike other gibbon species, Müller's Bornean Gibbon does not show sexual dimorphism in its fur coloration. Its fur is grey or brown colored with a ring of bright fur around its face. On the head it often has a darkly colored cap. With an average weight of 5.7 kg, it ranks among the smaller of the gibbons.

Müller's Bornean Gibbon is endemic to the island of Borneo, it inhabits the northern and eastern part of the island. In the southwest of the island the Agile Gibbon lives, and surprisingly their territories hardly overlap. They are diurnal rain forest dwellers that are characterized by the long arms that all gibbons have, with which they brachiate through the trees. The Grey Gibbon lives together in monogamous pairs, and defend their family territory against intruders with long, loud singing, which rings out above all else early in the morning. Its diet consists primarily of fruits. Little is known about the reproductive patterns of this species, but it is thought to be similar to that of other gibbon species.

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Wow what a mood the gibbon is in, the rain adds to the mood,welldone.tfs.

Hi Cris,
This is very charming, fill with character image in my view! Well done!Good Aperture settings and lovely colors.The only think I would like to see in this composition is more space in the direction of the gibbons look! But good staff indeed!
George Veltchev

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-15 5:20]

Hello Chris,
Very charming picture, I just love the attitude of the Gibbon perched on a trunk under the rain. Very nice add to have the raindrops like little comets on your shot. A vivid and very pleasing animal-picture
Kind regards

Hallo Chris
The expression captured on this Müller's Bornean Gibbon face is so true to that of a human I just feel I would love to give it a hug. The moment and mood captured is very special and very dear. One cannot but feel sorry for it. Detail on the wet fur is great and is seen with great clarity. I like this image very much as it is presented with no pretence and true to nature. Best regards.

Hi Chris,
wonderful portrait, highly appealing for identification - after one week of permanent railfall in Vienna, in particular! Such a well approached relaxed pose! Excellent off-center composition, perfectly imbedded. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-21 3:13]

Hello Chris,
What a great capture of this Gibbon looking rather cheesed off with the rain! I love its pose and the fine composition. Excellent sharpness and good light and colours too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

great pic, very human and impressive, TFS Ori

Hello Chris,
Wonderful capture showing very nice natural colors throughout the entirety of the image. I really like the wavy pelage created that has been affected by the rain plus the rain effect drawn by the 1/180 of a sec that you chose. Very well done. :)

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