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 reptileexpert.org 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.


8 thoughts on “A return to Bako, and a return to photography”

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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!


  4. 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

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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!!



  7. 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.

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