Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Film Fixing in Sabah


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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Clouded Leopard and the Wild Cats of Borneo

Bornean Wild Cats One of the most charismatic animals of the Bornean rainforest are the wild cats, it can be found in almost all types of forests from the lowlands to montane forests The Bornean clouded leopard is the largest and often difficult to see, many sightings are encountered in search of nocturnal animals, particularly these elusive wild cats by rivers of Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Tabin Forest Reserve and Danum Valley. My best wild cat sightings have been in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sandakan in Sabah, Malaysia.

Leopard cat along the riverbanks of Kinabatangan approx 11.00 in the evening.
Leopard cats - The most widely distributed Asian small cats, its name is derived from the leopard-like spots prevalent in all subspecies, but its relation to the leopard is distant. The size is about a domestic cat, but more slender, with longer legs and well-defined webs between its toes. Its small head is marked with two prominent dark stripes and a short and narrow white muzzle. It inhabits all kinds of country, forest, plantations and even suburban areas. Its natural prey consists of small mammals and birds, lizards and frogs, It mews harshly and purrs when pleased but is difficult to tame; kittens taken very young sometimes become docile.

Leopard cat seen around 9.00 in the evening crossing the Kinabatangan river
Leopard at early evening hunting, at Tabin Forest reserve, Lahad Datu
Leopard cat seen around 10.00 in the evening along the Kinabatangan
Clouded leopards 
Clouded Leopards are wild cat that live throughout the forests of Southeast Asia. The smallest of the big cats, they are secretive and rare in the wild, preferring to remain alone and hidden from view. This is one of the most beautifully marked of al lthe cats. Its home is in the forests of eastern Asia, Malaya, Sumatra and Borneo. In size it is between the 'great cats' (tiger and panther) and the small ones and it is largely arboreal, spending more time in the trees than on the ground.  Its hunting habits are similar to those to the leopard but with the emphasis on smaller game. Is has no reputation of being dangerous to man. Clouded leopards are nowhere common and are more strictly confined to forest than the tiger and panther.
Clouded Leopard cat seen around 11.00 in the evening along the riverbanks of Kinabatangan, near Sukau.

Until 2006, there was thought to be a single clouded leopard species. However, recent genetic and morphological research has shown that there are two distinct species. The cats on mainland Asia and Taiwan kept the traditional species name (Neofelis nebulosa) while the cats from Borneo and Sumatra took the name the Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi). Furthermore, this also changed the number of subspecies. All nebulosa subspecies have been combined into one group, while the diardi populations seem to be split into two subspecies: N. diardi borneensis on the island of Borneo and N. diardi diardi on Sumatra.

Flat-Headed Cat 
Rarer of all cats, it has a more restricted range from southern Thailand and Malaya to Sumatra and Borneo.  Is is dark or grayish-brown above, paler below, with a speckled or grizzled appearance.  The fur is short and the tail very short, a litter over a quarter of the body length.  The kittens are gray. the Flat Headed cat is ideally adapted for a life of fish-eating and water  hunting. It has a long slopin snout and the top of the skull is flattened (hence the name), and it has unusually small ears.

Flat-headed cat seen around 8.00 in the evening along the Kinabatangan near Sukau
Flat-headed cat seen around 8.00 in the evening at the Kinabatangan near Sukau, it prefers swampy areas, oxbow lakes and riverine forests.
It is listed as endangered by the USDI and Appendix 1 of CITES. 
All photos were taken around Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary and Tabin Forest Reserve
Equipment used are 500mm, 300mm, 70-200mm and Nikon D3s
The photo hunt for these wild cats have been challenging due to elusiveness, shy of human presence, when sighted, careful handling of the flash photography. Not to upset the animals.

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