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Mona Monkey

Mona Monkey
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-04 7:34
Viewed: 6930
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Mona Monkey was wild but had learned how to 'make a living' posing for tourists!

The Mona Monkey (Cercopithecus mona) is an Old World monkey that lives throughout western Africa. The Mona Monkey can also be found on the island of Grenada as it was transported to the island aboard slave ships headed to the New World during the 18th century. This guenon lives in groups of up to 35 in arboreal regions. It mainly feeds on fruit but sometimes eats insects and leaves.

The Mona Monkey has brown agouti fur with a white rump. Its tail and legs are black and the face is blue-grey with a dark stripe across the face. The Mona Monkey carries food in cheek pouches.

Head and body length: Female: 37-45cm, Male: 41-63. Tail length: Female: 53-65cm, Male: 64-88. Weight: Male: 2400-5300g.

Physical description
Mona monkeys have a brown agouti back with a white rump, a black tail and black outer-parts on the limbs. They have cheek pouches in which to carry food while they forage. The face is a blue-grey colour with a dark stripe running from each eye to each ear, a white forehead and a pink muzzle.

Mona monkeys range from Ghana to Cameroon.

They inhabit primary and secondary forests.

This species feeds on fruit, leaves, shoots and insects.

Mona monkeys live in groups of 8-35 (average 12), typically consisting of one male and numerous females. They are diurnal and arboreal, and move quadrupedally through the forest.

Little is known about the mona monkey's reproductive biology.

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Hello Jaqmes,
a fantastic portrait of the Mona Monkey, very good sharpness, splendid contrast of colours, excellent frontal POV and very nice composition with an intense eye contact.
Best regards

nice monkey shot, very sharp and crisp and good colours

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-04 12:46]

Hello James.
Great portrait with beautiful details.Excellent you captured expression in her face.I like also reflexs in her eyes as well as sharp details in face.
Best regards Siggi

hello James

excellent portrait photo of the Mona Monkey, fine POV and framing,
superb focus sharpness and details, what a great expression on his eye-contact,



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-05-04 21:50]

Hello James,
A great close-up of this cute little Monkey. Super detail achieved which gives us a great look at his beautiful fur. Love the intensity in his face as he tries bitting into something to eat. Good eye contact. Well done!!
I'm not sure if I ever mentioned this to you before James, but I still remember that you were the first person to critique my very first photo posted here on TN. I still think about how excited I was that someone in another country would take the time to let me know that they liked one of my photos. I guess it just goes to show you how a kind word to another person can be a real encouragement.
Thanks again,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-05 7:09]

Hello James,
A nice close portrait of a Mona Monkey caught in the act of chewing something. Nice POV taken to a high technical standard in a pleasing composition with a contrasting dark neutral BG.
I didn't know this W. African species is feral in this psrt of the W. Indies.
Thanks and kind regards,

Ciao James, splendid portrait of lovely monkey with fantastic expression, wonderful details, splendid natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-07 5:35]

Hello James,
A great close-up of this Mona monkey that looks as if it's muching on some goodie! Excellent sharpness and lovely colours. Well framed too!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Dear James,
An impressive portrait at midnight without flash!
How far were you away from the animal?

There is a great intensity in the little face, and I wonder if you made noises with the camera...

As always there is a great deal to learn from your notes, and I enjoy a lot the multitude of details presented in the image.

Have a nice week, wherever you are
Best Wishes

James, this is such a stunning photo of this monkey. Excellent detail and sharpness. Have a great week, Bill

Ciao James. Impressive/expressive portrait. Great POV and magnificient light. Best compliments.


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