Posts Tagged ‘monkeys’

Lion-tailed Macaques, Valparai, 18-200414

April 23, 2014

On Good Friday, Anjali, Gopal, Rohan, Tharangini, Yeshoda and I went to


in the aNNAmalai range (Coimbatore district) in Tamil Nadu.




was one of the several creatures we hoped to see on our trip to Valparai. The lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus), or the wanderoo, is an Old World monkey endemic to the Western Ghats of South India.

The hair of the lion-tailed macaque is black. Its outstanding characteristic is the silver-white mane which surrounds the head from the cheeks down to its chin, which gives this monkey its German name Bartaffe – “beard ape”


it lives in hierarchical groups of usually 10 to 20 animals, which consist of few males and many females. It is a territorial animal, defending its area first with loud cries towards the invading troops.

It primarily eats indigenous fruits, leaves, buds, insects and small vertebrates in virgin forest, but can adapt to rapid environmental change in areas of massive selective logging through behavioural modifications and broadening of food choices to include fruits, seeds, shoots, pith, flowers, cones, mesocarp, and other parts of many nonindigenous and pioneer plants.


The lion-tailed macaque ranks among the rarest and most threatened primates. Their range has become increasingly isolated and fragmented by the spread of agriculture and tea, coffee, teak and cinchona, construction of water reservoirs for irrigation and power generation, and human settlements to support such activities. They did not, in the past live, feed or travel through plantations, but this behaviour has changed.

Destruction of their habitat and their avoidance of human proximity have led to the drastic decrease of their population.

Here’s one swinging about on the wire:

It then proceeds to lick the raindrops off the leaves of the plant:

I loved watching this mother and child:





Gestation is approximately six months. The young are nursed for one year. Sexual maturity is reached at four years for females, and six years for males. The life expectancy in the wild is approximately 20 years

Here’s a small, funny incident as a macaque jumps up as something bothers it, and starts running away:

Here’s one eating the seeds from the seed pod of the Spathodea (African Tulip), which is an exotic tree:


I took a little more…

This troop of Macaques did forage and travel through the coffee plantation. They did not disturb us, and we did not disturb them.


Here are a group, enjoying themselves (yes, that’s what I feel!) in the evening:

Fun with fur…..

November 16, 2011

Do I sound like one of those “Carry off the elite evening with this excellent sable coat” fashion types? Sorry, because the fun that I have with fur is in capturing it, not for putting it on, but on the original mammal!

We walked around in a small village called Buranskhand, where we took a nice chai break on our drive to Dhanaulti.

Buranskhand…the name itself carries a story, I realized, when I saw a notice saying, “Fresh rhododendron juice available here” (the shop was shut, alas, I couldn’t try it) and the Hindi version said, “yehAn tAzA burAns kA ras milthA hai”. So I realized that “burans” is the Hindi word for Rhododendron, and “Buranskhand” means, “Area of the Rhododendrons”.

Well, anyway….I looked up the slope and found this beautiful


sitting there:

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He seemed in such a relaxed, almost-human pose!

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I decided to go just a little closer, and the Langur didn’t seem bothered by me, so I got some portraits:

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Here’s the wiki about the Hanuman or Gray Langur

The fur of the Gray Langur (indeed, of any Langur) seems tailor-made for photography. Whether back-lit or side-lit, the texture of the fur is a delight to capture! So…that was the “fun with the fur” that I had….here’s the last shot of this sage-looking animal, which seemed to quite like the idea of having a portfolio done!

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It says a lot for how human it is, that when I uploaded the pictures to Facebook, I got the usual “tag your friends” on all the photos, asking, “Who is this?” :)))))

God…and animal worship!

March 26, 2011

If God is great….


then, this is animal worship…of a different kind!


Both taken today, on our wonderful trip to Nandi Hills.

Awake…and Asleep

April 11, 2009

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Do you think our “grandbaby” will look half as cute as this? :))))

No words required, except to say that we had a fabulous outing to Nandi Hills yesterday…more photos will follow….today I am off to Mysuru…. too much time spent outside the house, too little time to do household work…help, my homemaker instincts are kicking in at the wrong time!

Hoppy Birdie….

March 17, 2009

Here’s Mr KM, with the monkey balloon that I bought him (for various obscure reasons)….

I have no clue how he *really* looks, because I still see the 28.5-year-old whom I married…let’s see…32.5 years ago!

Oh, by the way…the monkey is on the right.

And no, the S3 MLC is NOT back yet…this is the 20D with the 50mm lens…I miss my MLC SOOOO much!

Ma! Look! There’s a whole new world out there!

March 14, 2009

Of course we went to Bannerghatta again today….there were 9 of us…thank, you, Veena, for bringing along Deepak,Jyoti, Manohar, and Puneeth….and we were the LJ gang… anushsh, itsalouwelylife,mohanvee, and I….

And of course the only mammals were the macaques….but they are endlessly entertaining and wonderful.

Here’s a little one very curious to discover the world, even as his mother kept trying to hide him from us, and actually ducked her head hoping that it would make him do likewise….but he was TOO interested in what was before him!

We had some amazing sightings, and I actually think I got awful but documentation shots of the SCIMITAR BABBLER, COMMON BUZZARD,CHESTNUT-TAILED STARLING, not to mention the usual TICKELL’S BLUE FYLCATCHER, the WHITE-THROATED FANTAIL FLYCATCHER, the ASIAN PARADISE was flycatcher day!

I’m off to Ragihalli tomorrow…so will post a lot of pics over this week!

Meanwhile…no monkey business, you lot!

BOS…Bannerghatta on Saturday!

March 2, 2009

A suddenly-hatched plan with Vijay Hegde meant that we took the bus early on Saturday morning to Bannerghatta…and just wandering around the area near the Butterfly Park, and the water body nearby was pretty productive! Vijay saw, for the very first time, the male white ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER. I couldn’t get a photograph, but just seeing his satisfaction was like seeing it myself for the very first time!

I tried out the photography tips that Mahesh had given in Bannerghatta, and I like this image of the backlit RAIN TREE FLOWERS;

Alas, my other images are rather erratic in quality, but I will be using the bad ones as well for documentation. Birds don’t wait for you to get a better focus or lesser shake!

This beautiful ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET walked up and down as if she owned the tree!

more birds and other stuff from Bannerghatta

The Monkey Puzzle Tree

May 15, 2008

While we are at Lalbagh for kalyan‘s Digital Photography Workshop field trip, I took this picture of the leaf (if you can call it that) of the Monkey Puzzle Tree .

Lalbagh has some majestic Monkey-Puzzle trees, and the name certainly puzzled THIS monkey, until I went and read the Wiki about it.

Imagine, these trees being brought by Hyder and Tipu’s emissaries from South America, and being planted in Lalbagh….what a beautiful scene that evokes in my mind!

In the middle of all their wars with the British, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan yet had time to encourage such horticultural initiatives….

The macaques of Devarayanadurga

April 7, 2008

One of the fauna that kept us endlessly entertained at Devarayanadurga was the Bonnet Macaque, which we call the common monkey….

We started by seeing them with their fur aglow in the early morning light….

the halo before the yawn

Even a sleepy yawn looked beautiful:

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several monkey tricks if you click