Borneo’s beautiful barking deer

It has been a while since we’ve shared our news from the field. Arif, the manager of Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station situated in Tanjung Puting National Park (Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo), describes his encounter and attempts to photograph the Bornean red muntjac, otherwise know as the barking deer.

‘Finally, my curiosity with the barks that I often hear, have paid off. In the morning, when I was walking not far from the camp, after passing through bush-land bordering the forest, suddenly I saw two mammals walking and foraging. Wow, this is the bark voice that made me curious so far, the barking deer, the scientific name is Muntiacus muntjac. An elusive and very sensitive mammal. I held my breath, and directing my camera among the bush.

Crek .. crek ..

Noise of shutter of non professional camera, made the deers pay attention on it for a moment.

Bornean Red Muntjac or barking deer taken in Tanjung Puting National Park (Orangutan Foundation)

Bornean Red Muntjac or barking deer taken in Tanjung Puting National Park (Orangutan Foundation)

My heartbeat is getting faster and still I hold my breath. I moved my body for a little to get the best angle. Oops …the shy deer ran off with the barking voice. Hem, sometimes we need camouflage costum or maybe a professional camera with smooth shutter noise!’

Thanks Arif and what a fantastic photo – your patience paid off!

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One comment on “Borneo’s beautiful barking deer

  1. Jimmy on said:

    Gorgious animals – another reason the halt the rape and destruction of Borneos priceless forests

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