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A return to Bako, and a return to photography

As many of you who have previously read my blog will know, I have a soft spot for Borneo. It therefore gave me great pleasure when my nephew Dan (of fame) told me that he would like to carry out the final project for his masters in biological photography at Bako national park, and would like me to come along to give a little help and advice as this was his first time in Asia.

Dan and Dean in Bangkok

I have therefore had the pleasure of spending three weeks in Bako national park in Sarawak, and as Dan had a spare DSLR camera with him, I got to play about with a proper camera for the first time in about 25 years. I used to have an Olympus OM10 when I was a teenager, but due to the costs of film and developing, my hobby never really got off the ground. Here are some of the results of my return to photography, which I think are pretty good for three weeks experience with the Canon EOS 350D.

Well the first picture is actually took with the camera on my HTC legend (No HDR), the rest of the pictures of Bako park and it’s animals are taken on the Canon.

Bako Sunset

Sunset at Bako National Park in Borneo

jumping proboscis monkey

Proboscis Monkey jumping between the mangrove trees in Bako

pit viper

Male (small) and female Waglers pit viper


Looking out from the mangroves

Bako one clawed fiddler crab

Fiddler crab doing a mating display


Crab eating long tailed macaques

bearded pig

Bearded pig

flying lemur

Flying lemur


Baby silver leaf monkey (still orange so less than four months old)

Paradise Snake

Paradise Snake



sitting-proboscis monkey

Proboscis monkey taking it easy

mangrove skink

Mangrove skink taking a peek around

Silver leaf monkey

Silver leaf monkey and baby at Bako national park

Large stick insect

Large stick insect found on one of our regular night walks

diving proboscis monkey

Proboscis monkey taking a dive into the water

proboscis monkey water

Proboscis monkey about to land in the water, I love the position of the monkey in this picture

Hope you enjoyed the pictures of the Bako animals as much as I enjoyed taking them.



Comment from Chris
Time: June 23, 2011, 1:58 pm

Really nice pictures! :) I wish I can do the same though I don’t think I can last that long camping out in the woods :)

Comment from Pete & Mel
Time: June 23, 2011, 4:31 pm

Hey Deano, great pics ! Especially like the baby silver leaf and jumping proboscis. How’d Dan go with his project ?
We will be in Thailand in a month or so, hope to catch up with you there. Cheers.

Comment from Joseph Archibald
Time: June 24, 2011, 1:45 am

Hey Dean, fantastic photos and thanks for sharing them on your website!! Really nice to meet you and Dan in Kuching, and to see some of Dan’s “techie” photography work! Hope you both enjoyed the rest of your stay at Bako.

Catch up with you again soon!


Comment from Mum
Time: June 26, 2011, 3:08 pm

Great picture of Dan diving into the lake, but I think he needs a haircut.

Comment from carole leal
Time: July 2, 2011, 7:18 am

loved the pics and it must have been lovely to show Dan the place you love, hope to see you when i visit un in 2013 around mid May/ JUNE, my 70th and Mons 80th will you be there

Comment from Deano
Time: July 20, 2011, 8:54 am

Thanks for the great comments everybody.
Chris: yeah the realities of the jungle involve a lot of mosquitoes and very poor food.
Pete: would be great to meet up again.
Joseph: Dan’s busy writing up his project now; not sure if he has selected his 50 photographs yet, but I know that he has some good ones.
Carole: June 2013, it’s in the diary, guess a lot depends where I am, it may be easier for me just to nip over to Oz :-)

Comment from Mary
Time: August 9, 2011, 2:48 am

Hi Deano,

Thank you very much. Those pictures are just unbelievable. I am surprised that you and Dan could capture various animals in their habitat.

Great to have been able to get such a Wonderful view!!



Comment from Lawrence Michaels
Time: August 9, 2011, 5:46 am

Hey Deano, just found your site, great photos you have there. I’ve never been to Borneo but from what I’ve heard it’s a really amazing place.

I just recently got a new (Proper Camera) Nikon DSLR myself. Even with a pretty average lens, the difference between this camera and my old handheld is pretty obvious.