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Black Spider Monkey

Black Spider Monkey
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon 70-200 F4 L USM IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-17 0:53
Viewed: 3806
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No ... I am not in the Amazon Rain Forest where this fascinating creature is living. The image was taken in Jhb Zoo ! Using its long tail as a fifth limb, it is among the most acrobatic and agile monkeys I have ever seen.
The black spider monkey has exceptionally long, slender limbs and an even longer tail. Where possible, the spider monkey will run on all fours along the tops of branches. But where there is a break in the intertwined canopy of the trees, it will swing or leap from one tree to another. On the rare occasion when the spider monkey sets foot on the ground, it may walk upright on two legs with its long tail held stiffly up against its back. The spider monkey lives in loose-knit, nomadic troops which vary in size according to the availability of food. There are usually no more than 18 monkeys per square mile of forest, but where food is plentiful, as many as 100 may live together.
The black spider monkey has no defined breeding season and gives birth at all times of year. Still, it is slow to mature and is unable to breed until it is five years old.
Once the female is sexually mature, she comes into estrus every 24-27 days. She may then mate with any of the adult males in her troop. The baby monkey, born 20 weeks after mating, clings tightly to its mother's abdomen for its first four months. When the young monkey is older, it rides on the mother's back, wrapping its tail around hers for security. Even when it becomes too big to be carried, the young rarely strays from its mother's side. Such prolong maternal care means that may young spider monkeys successfully reach maturity. But because a female will not breed while her young is in her care, the reproductive rate of the species is family low. Did You Know, relative to its size, the Spider monkey has a larger brain than other western hemisphere monkeys. The spider monkey will break off heavy branches and drop them from trees to scare off intruders.

Image taken in RAW, ISO800, Aperture priority mode and spot metering system.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-06-17 1:46]

Hi George,
Splendid photo of this black spider monkey, great sharpness, very nice colors and details, TFS!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-17 2:29]

Hi George,i don't like pics taken in the zoos but no problem,today the specie is very interesting and the pic very nice too,a beautiful composition where the brilliant reflections make the difference.You could maybe pump up a little the saturation of the grass.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello George, very interesting and beautiful this picture. The attitude of the primate, also shows a mind that seeks to comprehend and understand a given situation. Best wishes, Paul

a wonderful species and a great wildlife photography with all perfection. congrats.

Hello George,

Wow! You managed here very well the exposition in order to let us see all the different black tones in the monkey's fur. Nice composition incorporating its reflection. The prehensive tail is very impressing too!

Great job and TFS,


Ciao George. Very good light and exciting reflections. Magnifcient symatric detailed capture.


Hello George,
I love it. A very interesting black monkey, super reflection in the water, a great combination of colors.

Hallo George,
what a beautiful capture of this Monkey, superb sharpness and lighting, marvellous natural colours, a fantastic composition with a spectacular reflections.
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

Dear F George,
The tittle of your pic here would be "Narcissus" kkkkkkkkkk Great shot with incredible sharpness! How did you that???? Amazing! TFS
Best regards from,

Ciao George, usually I don't like photo by zoo, but in this one reflection is fantastic, I like nice pose too, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello George,
What a superb looking monkey. Nice details, natural colors and perfect exposure.
Excellent sharpness and very nice composition with the monkey standing near the water.
Thanks for sharing this interesting image!

Hi George,
what a nice monkey. I like your composition with reflections in water. Perfect point of view. I can see a lot of details.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-17 13:03]

Hello George,
Impressive photo in superb sharpness and details. Beautiful saturated colours. Fantastic composition with this reflection. The expression in the face is wonderful.

simply beautiful picture, outstanding details, and excellent control for the light, very nice the reflection of the monkey on water,

congrats George !

have a good time,

ciao, tino

Hello George
Beautiful photo! The composition is excellent. The lighting is fantastic. The sharpness is impressive.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-18 0:12]

Hello George,
where on earth you creep and wait for this exciting and excellent moment?
such a superb composition of details and wonderful contrast. The view is further enhanced with the reflection, something that needs patience and skill.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-18 2:10]

Hello George,
What a funny and interesting shot! Even taken in a zoo it appears very nartural and the monkey seems to be very busy and concentrated. Lovely reflections on the water too. A most pleasant shot presented with a fine composition and natural colors. Well done again!
Kind regards

Hello George

Very beautiful shot of the Black Spider Monkey
with its reflection over the water, fine POV,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


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