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 Post subject: A Photographic Sampler of Mammals from Borneo
PostPosted: October 20th, 2013, 3:05 am 
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This subforum isn't seeing much action lately so I thought I'd put together a quick post with some of the mammalian fauna of Borneo.

If anyone wants to see additional photos or some extra info about any of the photos feel free to check out my Borneo Set on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ... 325558134/

I'm not sure where to start so I guess I will just start with my favorite Bornean mammal.... The bearded pig! Its kind of a weird choice considering some of the other options, but there was something really endearing about them.

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These pigs can't see too well and at one point I sat still feet away from a big male as he demolished our trash cans, they're quite intimidating (and big!) up close but they generally seemed very shy.

Another ungulate that was commonly encountered was the Sambar deer. They would frequently come out onto the soccer field after dusk and we would sometimes see them along the road both while driving or jogging.

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Mouse deer were fairly common and I would occasionally see their eyeshine reflecting back at me during nighthikes, getting close wasn't easy and consequently this is the best shot I managed...
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Muntjac were also seen on a few occasions but I never managed to photograph one.

Moving on from ungulates... Civets were another group of mammals I really enjoyed seeing. The most common species was probably the Malay Civet.

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There were some other species of civets I encountered but either the photos are so bad I don't want to share or I didn't manage to get photos.

Banded palm Civet, masked palm civet, small-toothed palm civet, and perhaps another species or two which I am forgetting about.

One species that cannot be forgotten is the Binturong! Or bearcat if you like that common name (I do!).
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Its a bad photo but I'm happy to have seen it. We spotlighted it in a fruiting fig tree one night, while the tree was fruiting it was a hotspot for various mammals.

While I was nighthiking in the jungle I saw alot of rodents, despite its name the moonrat is not one of these. Its closest relatives are hedgehogs and gymnures. They are about the size of a cat and remind me of north american possums but more exciting!
Moonrat
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I posted these in the bat thread earlier but here they are again.

Unidentified bat
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Wooly bat (Kerivoula sp.)
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Now for the primates!

I encountered this Tarsier on my birthday, pretty good gift from mother nature. It was amazing watching it leap from tree to tree. I had been hoping to see these and had to put alot of hours in to finally find one. I would do it again in a heartbeat!
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I saw a variety of monkeys while I was in Borneo:
Red leaf monkeys were common and always a pleasure to see.
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Next there were 2 species of Macaques, both species were fairly common.
Long tailed Macaque
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And the Pig tailed macaque
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There were also lesser apes,
Bornean Gibbon
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Again a bad photo, but all the ones I have are pretty similar. The gibbons calls were a frequent sound in the forest and when we did see them it was often through the vegetation as they swung around the top of the canopy so consequently this photo of a mom and a newborn is the best I got.

Finally the stars of the show, the Bornean Orangutans

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I have many more photos of alot of these but I'm going with what I have uploaded to flickr so far, if you want to see more either ask me or check on flickr.

I saw but missed out on photographing a few notable mammals which I haven't yet mentioned. These include:

-Pangolin (seen on one occasion as it ran off into the forest, I tried following it but couldn't locate it again)
-Colugo/Flying lemur (seen on 1 occasion as it flew right over me and into a grove of trees as I walked along the road one afternoon)
-Slow Loris (seen twice, and I have horrendous photos from the first encounter, I wont bother posting)
-Leopard Cat (I saw these atleast 4 times and atleast two of the times I really should have been able to get a photo, but i fumbled around and missed my chances)
-Elephants (Saw these multiple different times, either didn't have my camera or it wasn't ready)
-Flying fox species (on a nighthike during a night of a full moon these huge bats were seen all over the place but I had no way to get a photo)
-Mongooses (atleast 2 species)
-Yellow-throated marten (Saw these 4-5 times but always only for a few seconds at a time)
-Flying squirrels/regular squirrels (saw some of each but no decent photos from it)
-Any of the tree shrews (I didn't see a whole lot of these and when I did I was usually working and didn't have my camera)

And notable mammals I missed out on seeing altogether:
-Clouded leopard (alot of people saw these usually on the road but I never managed, something to return for!)
-Any of the otter species (I was told they were common, but no luck)
-Any of the Porcupine species (our camera traps recorded 3 species but I never saw one in person)


Hope you enjoyed, I left out most of the narrative but hopefully the photos were enjoyable on their own. I'm sure I forgot some mammal I should have remembered, if something comes to mind Ill post it later.


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PostPosted: October 21st, 2013, 8:10 am 
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Gotta love bats and our fellow primates.


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PostPosted: October 22nd, 2013, 12:03 am 
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Excellent! The red langurs are pretty localized, AFAIK...where did you see them? And whence the orang-utans?


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PostPosted: October 22nd, 2013, 6:52 pm 
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Excellent! The red langurs are pretty localized, AFAIK...where did you see them? And whence the orang-utans?
The Orangs and langurs are both from Danum Valley in Sabah, both were common. The langurs would show up about once a week on average near the field center at Danum, we would also occasionally see them while hiking through the forest there. The orangutans were common as well, and would just randomly show up all over the place especially when a few of the fig trees were fruiting. The orangutans came and watched us count seedlings in the forest on a few occasions too, that definitely made a boring task enjoyable.


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PostPosted: October 22nd, 2013, 9:51 pm 
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Nice!!!!


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PostPosted: October 24th, 2013, 8:42 am 
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Very nice. Brings back memories of my all-too-short time in East Kalimantan in the 80s. You saw a lot of cool species I never got a chance to see, but it is (was) still an amazing place.

I have agree about the Bearded Pigs. They are simply awesome beasts! I'm not sure why I liked them so much either.


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PostPosted: October 24th, 2013, 9:49 am 
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Gibbons have got to be my favorite! I can't even imagine trying to get a shot of them in the jungle. They have some of the swiftest locomotion I've ever seen from a mammal.


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