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Only nature can devise a colour scheme like that of the colourful Mandrill.
Endangered monkeys from Africa, Mandrills are one of the largest species of monkey in the world. Their furry head crests, manes, and beards are quite impressive, but what will really get your attention is their bright colouration. They have thick nose ridges that are purple and blue, their nose tips and lips are red, and their beards are golden.
The adult male Mandrills that have the brightest and most distinctive reds, blues, lavenders, and golds on their faces and fur, are thought to be most attractive to females.
Adult females have duller colours and longer muzzles. They are also much smaller, about half the size of the adult males.
Here we see a large male with one of his females, notice the size difference.

Grateful thanks for all the C&C's on my last upload of the Cougar and especially to 'Poochie' for his 'Guest Editors Award'. The first time I have received such an award, so I feel over the moon. I am slowly on the mend and hopefully will get out soon. Thanks for all your kind wishes.
Take care and have a good week.
Steve.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:sigma 150-500mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Only Nature Can!!!
Username:SteveMoulding SteveMoulding
Uploaded:15 Mar 2010 - 11:43 AM
Tags:Mandrill, Monkey, Pets / captive animals, Primate, Rare & endangered, Wildlife / nature
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Great shot Steve !

Chris

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franken
franken e2 Member 113096 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 11:54 AM

Stunning image.

Ken

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Image123
Image123  5 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 - 11:57 AM

nice shot
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GMKhamish
GMKhamish  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 12:04 PM

Interestingly different, super colours.

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Zoundz
Zoundz  5 Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 12:05 PM

Great shot, I love the presentation, and the write up is fascinating (I love Mandrill) - however, what a shame that the one in front is slightly blurred, if it had been as crisp as the one behind, I think this would have been one of my favourite shots of all time! It's a fantastic pose between them both as it is, and incredible colour caught. Exposure and detail - especially on the back one are fantastic! Smile

Well done, I love it.

xx

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johnjones
johnjones  4 England
15 Mar 2010 - 12:20 PM

great write up and the shot is spot on great colours detail is brill all
brill photo
jj

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 12:21 PM

I love this image! superbly captured, with the one in front just 'passing by' for a little extra action
Lillian

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 12:47 PM

fantastic colours cracking detail steve a brilliant capture nice one Wink
andy

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 12:58 PM

Superb.

Ann

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fraser
fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 12:59 PM

Lovely image and great expression on the face of the male. As has been said it's a shame the female is out of focus.
Fraser

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Petro_Conradie
15 Mar 2010 - 1:02 PM

awesome shot
P

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 1:04 PM

Very interesting narative, great shot.

Glyn

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finepetportraits

A great photo of these interesting primates. Thanks for sharing. Glad you're feeling better!

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 1:22 PM

Lovely capture. A tender moment in the life of two monkeys. Love it..........Sandy

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 1:52 PM

Wonderful capture

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 1:55 PM

Such fantastic colors in this awesome capture Steve.
Bob

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 1:55 PM

superb

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 2:24 PM

Amazing colours in this - good work.
Regards Richard

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 2:24 PM

Great shot of these extraordinary looking primates, Steve. I am not so concerned about the female being slightly out of focus, because I feel your eye travels immediately to the bigger male anyway and he is nice and sharp. Nice bit of work. Your accompanying narrative is both interesting and informative, so thank you for that too.
Ronnie.
(PS. Good to hear you're feeling on the mend. R.)

Last Modified By RonnieAG at 15 Mar 2010 - 2:26 PM

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15 Mar 2010 - 3:47 PM

A cracking shot, Steve, they do have an amazing colour scheme.
Roy

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KevinWalsham
15 Mar 2010 - 3:52 PM

super detail cracking image

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gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 4:32 PM

Excellent comp and colour

Gerry

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patspeirs  7 Scotland
15 Mar 2010 - 4:47 PM

Great shot - fine detail - and a most interesting and welcome write up - good to learn as well as delight in the images.
Pat

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colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 4:58 PM

Wonderful detail and capture here of these oh so colourful animals, well done on the GEA , deserved ! Colin

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LynneJoyce
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15 Mar 2010 - 5:28 PM

Lovely detail on the rear mandril - lovely image.

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goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 6:07 PM

Wonderful animals, and a grand image, with writeup Steve - get well soon too !...Bill

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15 Mar 2010 - 6:33 PM

Great shot with superb colour.

Rock

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15 Mar 2010 - 6:58 PM

Love the shot and info, thanks Steve.
Brian

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norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 7:57 PM

Superb colours Steve,great shot,well captured.................

Tony.

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VidB  5 United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 8:22 PM

Great colours and write up, well done Steve
Dave

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gingerdelight
15 Mar 2010 - 8:30 PM

A wonderful capture Steve.
Carol

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
15 Mar 2010 - 9:16 PM

Super shot and write up.

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15 Mar 2010 - 9:32 PM

Very well shot, Steve.

A.

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15 Mar 2010 - 9:33 PM

outstanding !

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wideangler
15 Mar 2010 - 9:54 PM

WoW!!

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redshank  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 10:02 PM

Wonderfully captured image Steve.
Martin

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 7:44 AM

A great capture - nice and sharp and good comp and colours too - and a good bonus of an informative write up - Enjoyed the large view very much

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barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 9:16 AM

Fab. capture
And thanks for the info.

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photophantom
16 Mar 2010 - 9:35 AM

excellent shot
Dennis

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clicknimagine
16 Mar 2010 - 11:09 AM

such a fantastic shot, lovely colors...

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 12:36 PM

Exellent capture. The detail is superb! Well done Smile
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ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
16 Mar 2010 - 3:29 PM

Brilliant imag and interesting info.
Christine

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AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 4:05 PM

Amazingly coloured/patterned creatures. A super capture.
Anne

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AshTree  41702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 7:56 PM

What a lovely image and such a very interesting write up to go with it - I didn't even know that the Mandrill was the largest monkey in the world, so thanks for the education! Such exotic looking creatures, almost too bizarre to be real. Well caught.

Theresa

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fatmod  8 England
20 Mar 2010 - 10:31 PM

superb colour and detail

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2010 - 6:39 PM

these are such beautifully coloured animals.i think zoundz has summed this up well.lesley

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