Labuk Bay Resort – Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary – After Lunch

So after a short rest from morning feeding (time to copy the pictures to my Nexto PSD) it was off out to another location for lunch.

We headed out in the muddy yet reliable truck, you can see the storm in the distance that we drove into..

Muddy Truck

The place we had lunch was really in the middle of the plantation, the view from where we were was something like this, you can see the rain started already.

View From Lunch

Lunch was simple but nice, trust me when you are up early and out in the wilderness you get damn hungry.


Mom was happy that’s for sure, she’s been talking about going to Sabah since I moved over I thought it’s about time I treated her to a trip over there.

Happy Mom

After that we headed back for the afternoon feeding session of the Proboscis Monkeys, it was quite overcast by then though and the light level much lower so it was quite hard to take pics (shutter speed was dropping to 1/40 at times with f/6.3 where as in the morning it was an easy 1/160 at f/8).

There was a decent turnout though and more of them came close.

Proboscis Monkeys Feeding

So we could get quite close to them.

Proboscis Male Eating

It fascinates me how they sit, really very human like. Actually a lot of their mannerisms remind me of human ways of moving and interacting.

Proboscis King

They have very expressive faces too.

Female Proboscis Monkey

There was plenty of Silver Langur around too with their cute little troll looking babies.

Silver Langur and Baby

The Silverred Monkeys are very human like too, especially when they are on two legs. The almost bipedal monkey?!

Silverred Walking

Managed to spot an Oriental Pied Hornbill too but it was really far away. This is the best I could do with 300mm and heavily cropped.

Oriental Pied Hornbill

Respect to those birders! As for the monkeys on the platforms, they are quite far. Minimum would definitely be 300mm on a cropped body (450mm equivalent), better would be a 5-600mm or even the Canon 800mm f/5.6!

After that we just chilled, chatted, had some dinner (went for a firefly walk but we couldn’t really see anything – weather wasn’t good for it) and slept early ready for the next day!

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Sabah 2008 Trip – Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu




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10 Responses to Labuk Bay Resort – Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary – After Lunch

  1. Huai Bin December 17, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    The silver langur’s baby has a different shade of fur?

    Hornbills are Sarawak’s mascot. 🙂

  2. andrew December 17, 2008 at 8:26 pm #

    hahaha… nice trip you have there… so close to nature!! =D *ahem* see u at badminton?? +D

  3. Simon Seow December 18, 2008 at 9:35 am #

    I need a vacation. Great pics btw.

  4. Friedbeef December 18, 2008 at 9:57 am #

    Dang, that’s a gorgeous river pic 🙂

  5. TZ December 18, 2008 at 9:20 pm #

    Awesome Shots! I wished i had my new 18-200mm when i visited Sabah… 🙂

  6. moons December 19, 2008 at 1:13 am #

    Very nice shots. They look as if the pictures were something that popped out in national geographic magazines.

    Gosh it just makes me feel itchy to try out photography as a hobby(expensive one).

  7. ShaolinTiger December 22, 2008 at 7:47 pm #

    Huai Bin: Yah I think it’s quite often for young to have a different colouration – check out Swans for example.

    andrew: Yah it was great! Sure, if you turn up 😛

    Simon Seow: Haha go go la, sure got annual leave. Thanks.

    Friedbeef: Thanks 🙂

    TZ: Yah you need some range to capture the wildlife.

    moons: Thanks dude, yeah it’s a very satisfying (if expensive) hobby. Most of the stuff is a long term investment though, apart from the camera body which you’ll change now and then. Lenses virtually last forever.

  8. Neil | Bartul December 29, 2008 at 11:50 pm #

    That second image looks especially amazing. Am not a big fan of monkeys though. They scare me. Though the baby one does look a little bit cute, but then again, most baby animals do.

  9. ShaolinTiger December 30, 2008 at 2:08 am #

    Neil | Bartul: Thanks, you should give them a chance – very cute!

  10. Neil | Bartul December 30, 2008 at 9:55 am #

    Indeed. Perhaps I should. The one type of monkey I do like (though I don’t quite know the name), I saw in a documentary regarding some Japanese monkeys. Quite playful, but also rather considerate. 🙂

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