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A photo from my archives: Agra Fort monkey

Agra Fort, India, 2007.

A monkey is trying to shelter from the bright sunlight on a hot afternoon at the Agra Fort.

Less than 2 miles away from the more famous Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site in itself. Characterised by red-coloured walls, this amazing walled city features a mix of Hindu and Islamic elements. Four gates positioned around the sides of the fort offer an additional display of beautiful 16th century architecture, with the Delhi Gate the masterpiece of this.

A visit is highly recommended! But beware of the monkeys…

A photo from my archives: cheeky monkeys

Kruger National Park, South Africa, 2008.

Well, this isn’t actually just one photo. I simply couldn’t pick one out of the lot. Admittedly, the quality isn’t the best but I love the subjects!

So what’s the story behind this gallery?
Kruger Park. Picnic rest area. Lots of monkeys. Most of them were Vervet monkeys, but there were some baboons running around too.
I didn’t like the baboons, they were too aggressive. So I stopped and stared at a group of Vervet monkeys with babies for a long time. Until I finally decided to capture a few moments on my camera: some of the baby monkeys playing around the trees were really cute! Sweet images of motherhood got my attention too.

And then there was the cheeky one, the cheekiest of them all…the one that caused a moment of chaos in the picnic area. A pack of biscuits on a table was the cause of the mayhem. A pack of biscuits that had been left unattended for about 5 (yes, five!) seconds.
Cheeky monkey saw it, cheeky monkey wanted it.
And cheeky monkey ran as fast as possible, dragged the pack of biscuits away from the humans, and then started nibbling the content…
Do we need any additional scientific evidence that Vervet monkeys love oaty biscuits with chocolate filling?!

Birdwatching and crocodiles in Cat Tien National Park

“I am watching you” said the heron to the crocodile, while standing in the grass by the edge of the lake.
“I am going to get you” replied the crocodile to the heron, while swimming back and forth, slowly approaching the bird then moving further away as if studying what was the best approach.

Purple heron
Purple heron flying away from the croc

The “dance” between them kept us entertained for some time, as we were resting at the ranger station by Crocodile Lake. After an early start (6:30am), a lot of birdwatching and a 5Km walk, we had reached the lake by 10:30am and were now observing animal behaviour around us.

I am on a 3-day birdwatching tour in the Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam, with my Aussie travel buddies. Let’s be clear: I am not a birdwatcher and to the complete disappointment of our guide I can barely remember two-three names of birds even after seeing them dozens of times. But the tour is very interesting and a great opportunity to visit the National Park and get to know its varied fauna.

Black-shanked langur
Black-shanked douc

One of the best sightings of today (apart from the dance between heron and crocodile) was actually a monkey: the endangered black-shanked douc (Pygathrix nigripes). The individual we saw was on a watch, sitting high up on a tree for quite some time. Unfortunately the long lens on my camera is “only” 300mm, so taking decent photos proved challenging.
Only when birds were quite close, I managed to take some cool shots:

Stripe-throated bulbul
Stripe-throated bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)

But don’t ask me any birds’ names tomorrow morning as I will have probably forgotten them all!