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"Smile tho' your heart is breaking". Orangutan's always seem to be smiling even though they're very existance is very much in the balance. This large male seemed to be very content with his good fortune in life being well cared for and looked after.

The orangutans are the only exclusively Asian living genus of great ape. They are the largest living arboreal animals. They have longer arms than other great apes, and their hair is typically reddish-brown, instead of the brown or black hair typical of other great apes. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, they are currently found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, though fossils have been found in Java, the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Vietnam and China. There are only two surviving species, both of which are endangered: the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii). The subfamily Ponginae also includes the extinct genera Gigantopithecus and Sivapithecus. The word "orangutan" comes from the Malay words "orang" (man) and "(h)utan" (forest); hence, "man of the forest".
Orangutans are the most arboreal of the great apes, spending nearly all of their time in the trees. Every night they fashion sleeping nests from branches and foliage. They are more solitary than other apes; males and females generally come together only to mate. Mothers stay with their babies for six or seven years.

I hope you like him as much as me, after all he is a magnificent animal and now, sadly, very rare.
Many thanks for you C&C's on my uploads.
I am sorry for only clicking the last few days but I am having to catch up with a lot of things due to being ill the last two/three weeks.
Enjoy your week, best wishes.
Steve.

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Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:sigma 150-500mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:"Smile tho' your heart is breaking"
Username:SteveMoulding SteveMoulding
Uploaded:24 Mar 2010 - 10:58 AM
Tags:Borneo, Close-up / macro, Endangered, Great ape, Male, Orangutan, Pets / captive animals, Sumatra, Wildlife / nature
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Imagephotographics

Excellent shot Steve - like both versions !

Chris

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 5barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 11:02 AM

What an amazing looking animal
Those eyes are so very tiny
Great write up
Thankyou

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photophantom
24 Mar 2010 - 11:17 AM

smashing shot Steve
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Mynett
Mynett  5137 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 11:21 AM

What a big guy he is.... I just love them, they always seem such gentle creatures

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andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 11:25 AM

brilliant colours and detail steve this is a stunning capture v2 for me today nice one Wink
andy

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Techno  5935 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 11:26 AM

These "chaps" are so photographic, two excellent images and thanks for the reminder of their precarious plight.
Mal

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24 Mar 2010 - 11:30 AM

Great shots Steve

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Image123  4 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 - 11:42 AM

great set
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gingerdelight
24 Mar 2010 - 11:46 AM

Super image Steve, and thanks for the info as well. I prefer V2 today.
Carol

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clicknimagine
24 Mar 2010 - 11:57 AM

fantastic close up, i prefer v2...

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newty1
newty1  7 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 - 12:09 PM

V2 for me (click)

Andy Smile

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fentiger e2 Member 12915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 12:22 PM

A wonderfully detailed and composed capture. No. 2 works best for me.

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 12:29 PM

This is a wonderful image. Fantastic detail. Well done.
Carol

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borrower
borrower  4 England
24 Mar 2010 - 12:44 PM

Cracking set, lovely smiles.
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colmar
colmar  642 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 1:00 PM

Stunning capture the detail and the look captured superb, and a grand narrative too Colin

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KevinWalsham
24 Mar 2010 - 1:31 PM

simply stunning well done

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 1:34 PM

Two awesome images and write-up Steve.
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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 4Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 1:51 PM

Superb shot, his eyes so sad, you have really managed to capture the emotion here! the write up is so well put together for us..thank you!
congrats on the awards
Lillian

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 1:54 PM

These are wonderful close-up shots of an equally wonderful animal. Such a well informed write-up too. Though I love both images, think I prefer V2 slightly more, but a close-run thing.

Ann

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goso  7 Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 2:01 PM

Terrific images Steve - vers.2 today for me...Bill

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Cor  5 Belgium
24 Mar 2010 - 3:05 PM

V2> superb!
cor

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RonnieAG e2 Member 4134 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 3:21 PM

What a marvellous portrait shot, Steve. I think I prefer V 2 although I'm not sure why exactly. Very well deserved of its special awards. Your write up is extensive and detailed and adds os much to one's understanding of their predicament. Very well done.
Regards, Ronnie.

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24 Mar 2010 - 4:09 PM

2 Spot on shots Steve, congrats on your awards.
Brian

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24 Mar 2010 - 4:46 PM

beautiful

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HobbitDave
24 Mar 2010 - 5:17 PM

Top shots Steve, v.2 is a cracker!
Dave.

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Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 5:55 PM

two excellent shots Steve and an apt title - interesting write up

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24 Mar 2010 - 6:10 PM

Very well shot and cropped, Steve.

A.

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bromley-smith
24 Mar 2010 - 6:38 PM

Excellent image Steve, much prefer the uncropped version V2. Congratulations on your richly deserved awards. Well done.
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24 Mar 2010 - 6:52 PM

Super fine detail.
Will.

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Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 8:24 PM

This had me smiling from ear to ear - great shot - Ina

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24 Mar 2010 - 8:41 PM

WOW What a beard !! Lovely portrait image Steve,very well captured and presentation.

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patspeirs  7 Scotland
24 Mar 2010 - 9:46 PM

Wonderful image and title 'backing' - excellent.
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V2 for me. What a great pose and brilliant capture.

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Bowenite  4 Australia
25 Mar 2010 - 6:25 AM

What a cutie. (A face only a Mother could love) Nice capture.

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hary60  5 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2010 - 10:45 AM

V2 for me absolutely amazing nice one
Harry

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25 Mar 2010 - 9:36 PM

V2 for me, an excellent image, colours and light.
Christine

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Roly  6 Wales
25 Mar 2010 - 9:58 PM

Two great shots and a super write up.

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26 Mar 2010 - 6:57 AM

A superbly captured image, Steve, thanks for the write up and it's V2 for me.
Roy

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26 Mar 2010 - 12:49 PM

Not a self portrait then Steve Wink LOL
2 great shots of this fine specimen and a super write up, well done,
Geoff.

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gerrymac  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 9:29 PM

A face only a mother could love....beautiful image
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JustDucky  3 Canada
6 May 2011 - 1:13 AM

excellent detail, impressive shots
Tammy

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