But Borneo, man what a place. A difficult place to work and photograph in, with very high humidity and high temperatures sapping strength hand making it necessary to keep gear out of the air-conditioned ship to allow it to work right from the get-go each morning. We were fortunate on the two trips I did from Bali to Singapore and back (onboard the National Geographic Orion with Lindblad Expeditions) to visit Camp Leakey in southern Borneo. What a stunning place, set in Tanjung Puting National Park, we got to see wild Orangutans, as well as rehabbed animals, plus a lot of other birds and mammals along the way. Certainly one of the big highlights of the trips for me.
In the Kimberley we visited many of the must-see locations, but also got to explore a few of the lesser visited ones as well. And just such a great place for photography! Looking forward to getting back. I've just got a new 5D MkIII (decided against the new 5DS), so now armed with two cameras that are fully functional I hope to maximise my photographic opportunities a little more.
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|One of the juvenile Orangutans at the Orangutan Foundation International Centre near Kumai.
|On of the sub-adult male Orangs yawns as he hangs from a tree near the feeding platform at Camp Leakey.
|A mother Orangutan with two babies looks towards the feeding platform, waiting for her turn.
|A baby bearded pig looks up from the grasses.
|The black river that runs up to Camp Leakey mixes with the soiled Sekonyer River full of sediment from mining upstream.
|A proboscis monkey looks out from its tree-top seat at dusk.
|Bearded pig in the undergrowth at Bako National Park.
|Closeup of great argus pheasant feathers in a head-dress at Kumai village.
|Closeup of Orangutan hands.
|A sub-adult Orangutan looks towards the feeding platform at Camp Leakey.
|'Arben' the juvenile Orangutan pulls faces as we interact with him at the Orangutan Foundation International Centre near Kumai.
|A local girl does a traditional dance at Kumai village.
|Looking out from the shore at Bako National Park.
|A proboscis monkey leaps from one tree to the next.
|Photographing the sunset as we leave Broome, our first evening in the Kimberley.
|Our first not so small saltwater crocodile up on a sand bank near the Horizontal Falls.
|Spinifex grasses seeding and lit by the sun.
|The Horizontal Waterfalls in Talbot Bay.
|The end of Slug Island in the evening light.
|Beautiful sandstone folded vertically with small trees growing.
|Spinifex grasses growing from the red sandstones.
|Some of the beautiful geology and scenery near the Hunter River.
|Fiddler crab with its pincer up.
|The stunning scenery of the King George River.
|Sunset, with the Moon, Venus and Jupiter.
|White morph reef egret with a fish at the incredible Montgomery Reef.
|Raft Point rock art with ghostly people during a long exposure image.
|Small saltwater crocodile hiding amongst the leaves.
|An adult white-bellied sea-eagle cruises over the top of us during our zodiac cruise on the Hunter River.
|'Thor's Hammer' near the Hunter River.
|An osprey comes in to land at its nest on the Hunter River.
|Rock art lit by beautiful light on Jar Island.
|Sandstones near the King George Falls.
|A good sized saltwater crocodile gives us a smile.
|Rock fig and red sandstone.
|A darter backlit by the sun.
|White-browed crake, one of several seen on the Ord River, and a bird that has managed to evade me until now!
|A black bittern trying to convince us we couldn't see it.
|One of two dingos we spotted in what looked like a hunting attempt on a Wallaroo.
|A male great bowerbird attend to its bower.