Still Standing

    The long-tailed macaque, also known as the crab-eating macaque, is a small, mischievous monkey with an extraordinarily long tail. They are commonly found throughout the islands of Southeast Asia and mainland Asia. Long-tailed macaques prefer forests near coasts or rivers, but can adapt to almost any environment if necessary. They are frugivorous, which means they dine primarily on fruit when available. However, long-tailed macaques will also east crabs, frogs, shrimps, bird eggs, grass, seed and anything else they can find. In Malaysia, they commonly beg for food from tourists and sneak into open homes and gardens to steal food.

    This macaque was photographed on Tioman Island just off mainland Malaysia and shows an animal that has lost an arm and a leg, probably as a result of being attacked by one of the huge monitor lizards that are the islands top natural predator. Despite her handicap she still manages to follow the troop of monkeys that live here, even though she is one of the lowest ranking members of the group, she is tolerated and benefits from the security of living within the group. In the late afternoon they have learned to leave the forest where they have been foraging all day and come down to the pond behind the hotel to drink and to be fed by the tourists that come to see them, which probably explains how this animal has managed to survive the loss of two limbs but still gets enough food to survive.

    From the photographic point of view I simply waited for her to come to the waters edge (she went to investigate the coconut that had washed up) and tried to use the reflections of the late afternoon sun on the jungle leaves behind to add colour whilst using the curve on the shoreline to add shape to the picture. Settings were 1/50th at F5.6 (she was in shadow) at an ISO of 200.