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Male Orangutan

By FeatherFriend
Hi everyone, thought I would have a break from bird shots for a change and let this cuddly guy have a viewing.'s not a self portrait Wink but a shot of a Male Orangutan, taken last year at a wildlife centre in Spain, hope you like it.
Many thanks to you all for the votes and comments on my Sardinian Warbler, much appreciated as always.

INFO: Orangutans are the most arboreal of the great apes, spending nearly all of their time in the trees. Every night they fashion nests, in which they sleep, from branches and foliage. They are more solitary than the other apes, with males and females generally coming together only to mate. Mothers stay with their babies until the offspring reach an age of six or seven years. Adult male orangutans exhibit two modes of physical development, flanged and unflanged. Flanged adult males have a variety of secondary sexual characteristics, including cheek pads (called "flanges"), throat pouch, and long fur, that are absent from both adult females and from unflanged males. Flanged males establish and protect territories that do not overlap with other flanged males' territories. Adult females, juveniles, and unflanged males do not have established territories. A flanged male's mating strategy involves establishing and protecting a territory, advertising his presence, and waiting for receptive females to find him. Unflanged males are also able to reproduce; their mating strategy involving finding females in estrus and forcing copulation. Males appear to remain in the unflanged state until they are able to establish and defend a territory, at which point they can make the transition from unflanged to flanged within a few months. (Wikipedia)

Tags: Close-up and macro Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
3 Mar 2009 4:37PM
Such an interesting read and what an image Geoff this is stunning mate. - gary

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Chant57 Plus
10 395 3 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 4:50PM
Great narrative to accompany a super image
skewey 10 31 England
3 Mar 2009 4:53PM
Great information and capture Geoff.
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
3 Mar 2009 4:59PM
Very well presented, Geoff, excellent detail and crop, and very interesting narrative. Carol
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
3 Mar 2009 5:00PM
Superb animal portrait Geoff - terrific detail and textures of the face and I love the tight crop. Great information in the description too.
Many thanks for your kind comments about my bird photography - very much appreciated and valued.
VIKI 10 18 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 5:02PM
jason_e 11 15 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 5:04PM
Very well captured.
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
3 Mar 2009 5:08PM
Wonderful capture, great detail and narrative
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 5:25PM
Splendid primate portrait, Geoff. Excellent detailed composition with interesting narrative, too.
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
3 Mar 2009 5:30PM
cracking shot.lesley
3 Mar 2009 5:30PM
Super detail
hellsbells8868 8 151 2 Wales
3 Mar 2009 5:40PM
Stunning image, i adore the crop, wonderful detail...
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 5:54PM
great crop good detail lovely work
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
3 Mar 2009 5:55PM
What a well detailed close-up and narrative Geoff, so well done.
iancam 8 23 England
3 Mar 2009 6:00PM
I really like the crop Geoff, Superb detail and information.
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
3 Mar 2009 6:18PM
You stole my line about the self portrait there Geoff
Wonderful portrait and really like the close full frame capture oozing with detail and expression
shandoor 7 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 6:22PM
Super super image wow such wonderful detail and love the close crop brilliant
KP 7 6 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 6:23PM
Brilliant, filling the frame really works
OAKEY 8 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 6:25PM
Superb detailed close up Geoff, looks like he's in need of some skin care treatment lol. No seriously great capture well done mate. Shaun
MandsH 9 England
3 Mar 2009 6:42PM
Excellent detail in this close up, he really is a wrinkled old chap
Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 7:20PM
Talk about in your face - lovely capture with such wonderful detail - magnificent shot Ina
goso 10 2 1 Australia
3 Mar 2009 7:27PM
Fantastic detail Geoff.........Bill
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 7:29PM
I reallly like this shot and the information accompanying it. I do love these creatures and while I was on my trip to Chester Zoo last week, a mother came right up against the window with her baby - looked straight into my eyes and seemed to be showing me her precious and cute baby, a special moment they seem such gentle creatures.
Linda Smile
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
3 Mar 2009 7:39PM
super shot of the male in the forest
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
3 Mar 2009 7:41PM
Superb capture Geoff of this handsome chap

Xiaoli 8 661 14 South Africa
3 Mar 2009 7:52PM
I wonder what he is thinking - such a contemplative look
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
3 Mar 2009 7:52PM
Thank you all for the votes and comments, really appreciated and apologies to Richard for stealing his line about the self portrait.......Got in first.....was expecting it Wink
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 7:58PM
What wonderful texture!!!
User_Removed 13 39 6 Scotland
3 Mar 2009 8:03PM
wonderful creature, great shot
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 8:10PM
What a handsome chap. Super capture of this beautiful gentle creature.
Marilyn x
3 Mar 2009 8:26PM
Beautifully captured Geoff, lovely detail and presentation of a creature that has an awful life in some areas of our world, so gentle and trusting.
How good is the 80-400 VR ?
Turn Right Clyde.
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
3 Mar 2009 8:52PM
Wow, that's up close and personal Geoff, smashing shot and crop!

SArah *
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
3 Mar 2009 8:56PM
Handsome creature Geoff.Good detail in this portrait.
User_Removed 8 78 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 9:12PM
First thought .. was a self portrait geoff, but then read you say it isnt Wink LOL

Like the crop and detail

SueTurner 12 81 3 England
3 Mar 2009 9:15PM's not a self portrait Wink

a cracking shot, love the tight crop
KBan 11 494 4 England
3 Mar 2009 9:27PM
are you sure it's not a self portrait Geoff ? LOL

Super detail
keith Smile
phil_j 10 134 4 England
3 Mar 2009 9:34PM
I was thinking you had managed to track down an old boss of mine from years gone by, the face looks so familier!!.

seriously though, a cracking portrait.

fatmod 10 22 England
3 Mar 2009 9:36PM
simply stunning
OMG 8 51 2 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 9:45PM
He rather reminds me of the chap I see in the mirror each morning.
Cracking detail as always Geoff and the tight crop suits this chap.
Rgds Derek
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 10:08PM
Great capture Geoff, love that sideways glance and nice crop too
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
3 Mar 2009 10:23PM

Quote:How good is the 80-400 VR ?

I think the image speaks for itself but will send you a PM,
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
3 Mar 2009 10:37PM
Stunning detail in this Orang-utan portrait Geoff. Love the expression on it's face - it looks to be deep in thought.
My UA goes on this - great shot.
3 Mar 2009 10:55PM
Fab detail Geoff and I love the crop

bunbeam 11 2 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 11:05PM
chewbacca.... superb close up, what tiny eyes he has..
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
4 Mar 2009 2:10AM
Excellence spoken here!
4 Mar 2009 3:17AM
Awesome capture of this face only a mother could love. Super shot of this fellow.....Sandy
4 Mar 2009 7:44AM
What a great face, love the oh so close view.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
4 Mar 2009 8:41AM
Superbly detailed shot Geoff showing every hair and wrinkle on that enigmatic face. I wonder what he is really thinking ?? Great crop gives the so much impact. Spot on.
jayjay52 7 2 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2009 8:56AM
Brilliant capture. Just love the expression on his face.
4 Mar 2009 9:15AM
Great portrait,
greatdog 8 21 England
4 Mar 2009 12:44PM
Great shot geoff,i love the expression on his face!!Dane.
STEVELIN 8 161 3 Ireland
4 Mar 2009 3:57PM
fantastic shot geoff
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2009 7:27PM
Gosh what an interesting write up I was fascinated, Great portrait too.
4 Mar 2009 7:38PM
Nice one Geoff, I think its all been said
4 Mar 2009 7:51PM
great capture and even more detailed write up kevin
4 Mar 2009 9:56PM
4 Mar 2009 10:08PM
Cracking close up Geoff.
4 Mar 2009 10:11PM
Fantastic detailed image. Lovely portfolio. Thanks for my 30.
Pegon 11 78 1 England
4 Mar 2009 10:31PM
Wow!! that's one eck of a close-up. A good write-up too.
4 Mar 2009 11:07PM
Fantastic close up shot.
Moj_o 8 10 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 12:49AM
Great expression Geoff,fabulous detail Smile

basu 8 India
5 Mar 2009 5:56AM
great shot, good detail
tigertimb 8 40 66 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 5:05PM
Excellent portrait Geoff with some great detail and a sense of presence.
Fascinating information too; so they develop physical characteristics depending on whether they establish territory or not!!
microchip 9 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 7:46PM
Superb detail and a great crop,
amazing close shot,well done.ray
koka 8 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 9:05PM
what a wonderful close up - I feel privileged to cast the 100th vote Congratulations and well deserved.Katie
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 10:59PM
Superb capture and narrative Geoff,excellent shot..............

franfoto 9 2 32 England
5 Mar 2009 11:40PM
He is in serious need of my anti-wrinkle cream - "because he's worth it!"
this is a humdinger Geoff, an outstanding bit of photography.
Fran xx
6 Mar 2009 2:04PM
wonderful shot Geoff
8 Mar 2009 7:02PM
Ha, ha, ha... he seems to say: Wanna kiss me? Gorgeoff! Wink
HUMIE 9 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2009 7:19PM
Love the expression Geoff.

Ridgeway 9 222 2 Ireland
13 Mar 2009 2:12PM
Looking at this shot ,I cant help but wonder what he is thinking,
Brilliant as usaul Geoff,

ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2009 7:53AM
I sorry I mist this great shot...
The old man is in his prime...
Great colours and textures over his face....
There a lot of detail...
You have cought him to a tee..
I would be a proud person after see this shotwhen it came up on the PC....
Great work....

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
2 Apr 2009 7:00PM
Tremendous detail in this cracking close up

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