Monday, November 22, 2010

Colugo aka flying lemur from Langkawi

I was in Langkawi as one of the four guest speakers for the Langkawi Birding & Fotofest (Nov 19 - 21). As soon as I arrived at the hotel at Datai Bay in the evening on the 18th, one of the friendly staff there showed me a colugo perching on a tree near the hotel porch. I had only the Tamron 17-50 with me though at that time. This was shot with the pop-up flash at high ISO. Not a good one but okay as a record shot of an active colugo.

This was how a "normal" nature photographer (like me) would shoot a cute and rather rare creature like Colugo aka flying lemur.

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Luckily, a friend of mine in Langkawi - Madi, was kind enough to loan me his Tamron SP90.

I started looking for these cologos again when I had time on day 3. I finally found one perching on a tree at a height of about 10 feet. Lowest I could find of all three I saw that day.
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I climbed up this wall, which was about chest high.
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All I could get was back view though. Good to have a shot of this nevertheless.
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Then I saw a pail. Stood on it for a few shots. Not good enough. Then I found some bricks. Still not good enough. More bricks. Still not very good.
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Even more bricks. Five layers, then six, finally seven!
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After the labor of brick laying, this was that shot I managed to get.
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I even borrowed a ladder at one point but the work in progress ladder could only be used when leaned against the wall. That end result wasn't that different from climbing up the wall.
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This was the shot I got from up on the ladder:
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I would have attempted more layers of bricks. But I wasn't very confident of my bricklaying skill and balancing skill.

Edit: a few more shots from my 2011 Langkawi trip:

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Galeopterus variegatus IMG_8406 copy

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  1. Fun - the last shot is the winner.

    The lengths we go to sometimes to get that shot!

  2. Very fun indeed, Ted :D....i spent at least an hour to photograph that colugo :D

  3. Langkawi promises lots n lots of this kind. How interesting to see such amazing creatures upclosed.



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