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Orang Utan at the Lok Kawi Wildlife park. In Malay language, 'orang utan' means 'forest people'. Inevitably, orang utans are now 'guests' in our man made reserves.

Young proboscis monkey photographed at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. This one was still wet after a swim. They are very good swimmers. The 'swimming pool' is in the background.

Orang utan and baby at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. They live on a man-made 'island' of about 1 acre, no trees but they do have high poles connected with cables for swinging, and a high platform for sleeping. I like these apes, and there are only two surviving species; the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus, endangered) and the Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii, critically endangered).

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The Malayan tiger (panthera tigris jacksoni in recognition of the work by zoologist Peter Jackson, or panthera tigris malayensis as the local authorities prefer to name it.) Until 2004, it was not recognised as a sub-species. Recent count shows that there are 600 to 800 in the wild in Peninsular Malaysia.

 

In Malaysia, this tiger is a national icon. It is depicted in the coat of arms of Malaysia, as well as institutions such as the largest bank and car manufacturer in the country. It signifies bravery and strength. The colours black and gold are commonly used in corporate logos and emblems.

 

This photo was taken at the Lok Kawi Wildlife park, about 20km from where I stay.

 

My friends, have a roaring day ahead. :-)))

At Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, I spent more than an hour and enjoyed watching this adult female "Orang Utan" showing mother's love....touching the baby's cheek, kissing the baby, feeding and playing with the baby. Her character was just like human!

.... a day in the life of an otter. Photographed at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, about 20km from Kota Kinabalu. This otter was swimming in the 'moat' surrounding a man-made island / garden which is home to the gibons.

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la mer.. ~Charles Trenet~

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She held her pose like that for a long time. My card was not full. I had enough shots already!!! Ostrich photographed at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

 

Photograph #3 for my new set "Animal portrait {widescreen}"

 

The Ixora coccinea (botanical name; Family: Rubiaceae) is commonly called the Jungle Geranium, Flame of the Woods and Jungle Flame. It is a flowering shrub native to tropical South East Asia, including India and Sri Lanka. Its name is either derived from "Iswara", a Malabar deity to whom flowers were offered, or probably from the sanskrit word "Iswara", meaning god.

 

I. coccinea is a dense, multi-branched evergreen shrub, 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 2 m) in height, but capable of reaching up to 12 feet (3.6 m) high. It has a rounded form, with a spread that may exceed its height. The oblong leaves are glossy and leathery, about 4 inches (10 cm) long, with entire margins, and are carried in opposite pairs or whorled on the stems. The small tubular flowers come in rounded clusters 2 to 5 inches (5 to 13 cm) across.

 

There are about 400 species but only a handful are cultivated. The cultivars include yellow, orange and red varieties and they flower all year long. This photo shows a yellow variety and was taken at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. They have been traditionally associated with enhanced sexuality and the re-kindling of passion. I used to have some red ones in my garden... they died some time ago. :-)))

An old photo. He is a cool inspector! No Nikon (body or lens) was hurt in the process. He also inspected a Canon rig. The owner quickly stopped the inspection after I asked him if he had a filter on his big lens.

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Rhyticeros undulatus: The male "Wreathed Hornbill" (or "Bar-pouched Wreathed Hornbill") has brown head and yellow sides of the head. Females have black head and blue sides of the head. Both have red rings around the eyes.)

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I visited two orchid parks last week, one lowland and another, highland. So some orchids to be posted tomorrow. Tonight... many photos to be processed.

 

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I tilted this photo before cropping.. it makes his smile more naughty. :-))) It's FRIDAY!!!

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Young proboscis monkey { nasosus machedonus } in the 'spa'. Photographed at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, 20km from Kota Kinabalu. Excellent information is available on wikipedia.

 

Photograph #2 for my new set "Animal portrait {widescreen}"

 

The Flying fox or Fruit Bat is a bat in the genus Pteropus, belonging to the Megachiroptera sub-order, the largest bats in the world. There are many sub-species in this genus.They live in the tropics and subtropics of Asia and a number of remote oceanic islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

 

The genus Pteropus goes back a long time. Fossils unearthed were dated 35 million years old. The notable difference in the fossil being the presence of a tail for stabilisation in early flight adaptation.

 

Pteropus do not possess echolocation. They do not have super-sonar like the microbats. However, they have well developed sense of smell and sight. Pteropus feed only on nectar, blossom, pollen and fruits. When it locates food, it often crash into the foliage and grabs for it. Feeding ranges can reach up to 40 miles.

 

Many species are threatened with extinction today. All Pteropus are listed in Appendix II (threatened) of CITES. (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). {Condensed from wikipedia}.

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Photographed through the wire mesh of a large cage at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. (macro lens). Unfortunately, it was not possible to get a frontal shot.

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My butterfly photo "Malay Lacewing II" is on frontpage this week at Vos plus belles photos . Many thanks to everyone. :-)))

 

[This colours on this photo is the product of imagination. :-))) ]

 

It is time to catch some mice. Shall we go now?

 

This owl looks like it is perched on the edge of a silo at sundown. It is actually on a branch in a wire cage at Lok Kawi Wildlife park, about 20km from where I stay. The original is not that clear as it was shot through the wire mesh. I have played with many adjustments and found the result interesting.

Otters resting at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, about 20 km from Kota Kinabalu City. The one on the right seems to be in a dream... dreaming of the sea.

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Away today... back tonight.

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la mer.. ~Charles Trenet~ / See where this picture was taken. [?]

Orangutan at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. {Fake autumn colours.}

 

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A young Great Hornbill getting a hands-on... sorry, a beak-on feel of my camera. A consummate and discerning player in the world of photography, he is a cool customer. Obviously pleased with the inspection, he was almost smiling when I took some portraits of him after that.

 

I am so glad that I brought along my D50 too. I had the Tamron SP90mm macro on it, just the right combination for this shot.

 

This photo was taken in the aviary at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. No camera (or lens) was damaged in the photo session. :-)))

 

My visit to the wildlife park last Sunday lasted 5 1/2 hours. I literally crawled out from that place after that. Until today, both my thighs are still hurting from the squatting, kneeling and walking.... I had more than 10kgs of gear on me. But, the visit was worth every ounce of energy spent. I returned with 450 undeleted photos and out of that, 25 ~ 50 will come on stream.

 

I apologise for being so slow in responding to your kind comments and invites on the previous photos. Please accept my apology.

 

My friends, have a quality day. :0))

From archive: Wreathed hornbill inspecting the lens. Photographed in the Aviary, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

 

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Otter resting on a tree trunk on the edge of a pond. This photo was taken at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

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Yes/No?

[...] -- Your hands are so tired, you just want to hang them loose.

[...] -- Your butt is sore, you need to lie down and hug a pillow.

[...] -- You miss your beauty sleep, you feel like a zombie.

[...] -- Your eyes refuse to shut, from too much coffee and tea.

[...] -- Your day is very short.... and the night is very long.

[...] -- You have changed your diet, from full meals to snacks.

[...] -- Your best friend is now a mouse (with or without a tail).

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[...] -- Your friends are now buddy icons. Your buddies are gone.

[...] -- You are now an expert in [Ctrl+C] and [Ctrl+V].

 

If you have answered 'Yes' to all the above.. Congratulations! You have "flickrinititis".

... you have spent too much time flickring. Total cure is readily found, at no cost, in places with no internet access. Otherwise, some rest or recess is beneficial. The cure is in your hand. :-o)

Borneon orangutan (pongo pymaeus) at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. At last, she smiled at me.

 

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*★Merry★* 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •

•。★Christmas★ 。* 。

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The male "Wreathed Hornbill" (or "Bar-pouched Wreathed Hornbill") checking out my lens cap. Inquisitive bird at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. It also inspected my rig while I was photographing other birds.

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A young proboscis monkey at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. They are excellent swimmers and this one just came out from the pond behind it.

 

Although they are arboreal, they do come down to the forest grounds to feed. Among all the monkeys and apes, they spend the most time walking on their hind legs... a survival adaptation that allows them to cross shallow streams and wade along mangrove swamps to escape from predators. {Lok Kawi Wildlife Park}

From archive. Photographed through the wire mesh of a cage at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

 

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Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Kota Kinabalu

Eurasian otter at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. They are prolific swimmers and divers, and love to interact with visitors at the park.

 

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Malayan tigers at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

#201007-05 ~ B l a c k m a g i c ~

 

***How to say "My love, I will bite your ear" in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and German?

 

***mon amour, je te mordre l'oreille*** Merci Drecci!

***mon amour je te MORDS l'oreille***merci Francoise!

***Amore mio, ti mordo l'orecchio*** Grazie Roberto!

***Ich knabber Dir am Ohr, Kleines*** Danke Holger!

 

***Have a roaring day ahead!.. or find an ear to bite. =0)

The Lesser Adjutant {Leptoptilos javanicus} at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

 

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Orang Utans are native to Malaysia and Indonesia. They are found only in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. They are the most arboreal of the great apes, spending most of the time in the trees. They feed mainly on fruits and have been recorded to consume 317 different types of food items. They are also more solitary than other apes, the males and females generally come together only to mate. ({Wikipedia}

 

Well, I can't think of a good song for these two... but I know that the mood is incomplete without one. Perhaps this tune will do the trick:

Tea For Two .. Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, conducted by Warren Covington.

 

Have a wonderful cha-cha day, my friends.

 

#Question: Will a Kenny G tune speed up things a bit?

  

Orangutan at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

This photo was taken at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park near where I stay. I don't know the name of this tortoise, or is it a turtle, or is it a terrapin? Articles on the internet suggest that I will only find, in Sabah, the Asian Brown Tortoise ( or Burmese Brown Tortoise). { Manouria emys emys}

 

The problem is that the creature in this photo does not look like the m.emys emys. After searching high and low, I found a photo on the internet that looks like the one in this photo of mine. It is a specie native to America. Yes... and it is called the "Red-Eared Slider", also called the "Red-Eared Terrapin" in UK. It is a semi-aquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae.

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phew!... that took an hour of research on the internet to solve. My next question is... when is a turtle a turtle.. and not a tortoise.. or a terrapin? I will have to research that later.:-)))

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Talking about slow internet connection... I tried to put a border on this photo using Picnik. I tried 2 times... each time lasting more than 30 minutes. It never got done... Picnik keeps telling me that it is 'painting sky', 'planting trees', 'sprinkling dew', 'blooming blossoms', 'fluffing clouds', 'applying sunscreen'... and even 'buttering' my sandwiches.

 

So eventually, I downloaded a tiny freeware called 'GoodFrame'. It did the same job in 1 second. (yes... ONE second!) My friends, if you need a simple border like the one on this photo.. go get the freeware. It will save you plenty of time.

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I believe this is the Eurasian Otter. It lives on this man made island at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, and shares it with four or five other otters.

 

The otters are very active animals. They seem to be feeding all the time. They enjoy inter-acting with visitors, making excited cries when people stop by. They are great swimmers and divers.

 

This man made island is also home to a few Gibbons. These are small apes (lacking a tail), slender and totally arboreal (live on trees). Their hands are twice as long as their legs:-)) I will upload photos of the gibbons another day.

 

My friends, have an 'otter-ful' day!

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Kota Kinabalu

Saw this Duck showing off both wings at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

www.sabahtourism.com/en/destination/126-lok-kawi-wildlife...

The Great Hornbill {Buceros bicornis} is also known as the Greater Indian Hornbill, Great Pied Hornbill and Two-horned Calao. They are impressive in size and colour, and are a part of local tribal cultures and rituals. The Great Hornbill is also long-lived with a lifespan approaching 50 years in captivity.

 

These are large birds measuring 95~120 cm (38~47 in) long, a wingspan of 152 cm (60 in) and weighs 2.15~4 kg (4.7-8.8 lbs). Female hornbills are smaller, with blue eyes. The males have red eyes. The one in this photo is a young male. What eye-lashes he has!

 

In breeding, female hornbills build nests in hollows of large tree trunks which are sealed. They are fed by the males through a slit in the seal for the duration of this 'imprisonment'. Inside, she incubates the eggs (one or two only) for 38~40 days. The Great Hornbills form monogamous pair bonds and live in groups of 2~40 individuals. {More details can be found on Wikipedia.}

 

Proboscis monkey {nasalis larvatus} photographed at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

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Experiment #3: Thinking.

Orang utan sits in heavy rain and sips rain water in her hand. Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

Orang utan - ".. the nicest people of Borneo.."

 

#201104-01 ~Lightbox~ My orang utan set.

 

*AWAY FROM FLICKR*.. too busy.

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