Thinking of heading to Borneo with Natural Habitat Adventures? Here is a complete list of all of the webinars done by myself and expedition leader Court Whelan. From the biology of sun bears and orangutans to photography tips, there is a ton of information!
Borneo: Exploring Tropical Asia’s Hidden Treasure
Originally presented March 24, 2021
Borneo, the planet’s third-largest island, harbors the oldest and tallest rain forests on Earth. Sheltered beneath their dense canopies are rivers, waterfalls and a host of wildlife that leaps, darts and crawls in the emerald jungle. Animal lovers come to look for endangered orangutans that thrive in the lush vegetation, but they are charmed by a natural treasure chest of unknown and exotic biodiversity. Join Brad Josephs for a virtual immersion in Borneo’s pristine rain forest, one of the most endangered on Earth. In addition to orangs, we meet leaf monkeys, wild gibbons, flying lemurs and more than 300 vibrant bird species. Rare proboscis monkeys are at home in coastal mangroves where hornbills and sea eagles soar overhead. On Selingan Island, tiny turtle hatchlings find their way to the ocean. Beneath Mount Kinabalu’s prominent peaks, pygmy elephants lumber through the forest while monitor lizards sunbathe on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Wildlife flourishes in Borneo, and it provides a matchless nature adventure for tropical safari-goers.
Photographing Borneo’s Nocturnal Rain Forest Dwellers
Originally presented February 1, 2021
On Nat Hab’s Borneo expeditions, our days are filled with observing amazing megafauna including sun bears, pygmy elephants playing in the Kinabatangan River, and orangutans carousing in the verdant canopy. Then, when darkness falls and night sounds fill the humid air, the jungle comes alive with a whole different cast of characters. That’s when Expedition Leader Brad Josephs finds some of his favorite Borneo photography opportunities—capturing the creatures of the night, from rare, primitive primates like the tarsier and loris, with their round, wide eyes, to the spectacularly colored harlequin flying frog, and much more. Brad shows you how to get riveting images of nocturnal wildlife, with techniques you can use in other nighttime rain forest settings, too.
Photographing Borneo: Capturing the Essence of a Wild Place
Originally presented December 1, 2020
If you love photographing wild nature, there are likely a handful of priority destinations you yearn to visit—places that are absolutely tantalizing to you. For Court Whelan, Borneo was high on that list from an early age. After guiding numerous expeditions in Borneo, Court has plenty of advice for photographers. He’ll share tips not just for photographing Borneo’s captivating wildlife, but how to capture the essence of a place that has long piqued your imagination. Whether it’s Borneo or another wild place that heads your own wish list, Court’s lessons will inspire and inform—and you’ll savor his visual sampler of what makes Borneo one of the world’s most entrancing nature destinations.
Wild Borneo: Wonders of the World’s Third-Largest Island
Originally presented October 27, 2020
There are few places on Earth as wild as Borneo. Not only is its profuse biodiversity wild to behold, but the feeling you get as you explore some of the world’s oldest rain forests can only be described as, well…wild. This is a primal landscape teeming with extraordinary species, and Court Whelan takes us on a virtual expedition into its verdant intensity. Scientists have been discovering an average of two new species a month in Borneo for the last few decades. Come with Court to discover a wild island nation that has no peer on the planet!
The Old Man of the Forest and Other Old World Primates
Originally presented June 17, 2020
Few animals on Earth strike a chord in the human soul like the orangutan — aloof, wise, sentient, mysterious— whose name in Malay means “old man of the forest.” Expedition Leader Brad Josephs introduces us to these incredible great apes, which share 99% of our DNA. We will also learn about many of Asia’s other primates, from the primitive giant-eyed tarsier to the beautiful golden snub-noses monkeys that live in China’s high altitudes. You’ll come away with lots of new knowledge about some of world’s oldest primate species!
Meet Borneo’s Sun Bears & the Hero Saving Them from Extinction
Originally presented April 22, 2020
Native only to the island of Borneo, the cute, fuzzy sun bear is the smallest of the world’s eight bear species. It’s facing big struggles from tropical forest loss, illegal hunting for bear parts, and poaching to obtain cubs for pet trade. But one man—Dr. Wong Siew Te—has almost single-handedly kept the sun bear from going extinct in the wild, dedicating his life to their protection.
Borneo’s Magical Menagerie
Originally presented April 8, 2020
Expedition Leader Brad Josephs is wild about Borneo! Join him for a deep dive into the tropical treasures of the world’s third-largest island. Boasting some of the planet’s greatest biodiversity, Earth’s oldest and tallest rain forests and endlessly fascinating fauna, Borneo brims with natural wonders.
Tropical Photography Encompassed
Originally presented February 23, 2021
While many of us are buttoned up tight in our homes in the middle of winter, the world’s tropical regions are warm, languid and bursting with life…just waiting for you and your camera! Wrapping the globe in a belt between the Tropic of Cancer at 23.5 degrees north latitude and the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.5 degrees south latitude, these are inviting climes for nature travelers. Whether you have plans for a tropical trip later this year, or you’re simply yearning to travel virtually via images of lush rain forests and ocean-kissed beaches, this webinar will inform, entice and inspire you. Join Court Whelan for an overview of all things related to photography in the tropics, which can pose a special set of challenges (and rewards!). Learn how to best photograph animals in scenarios common to the tropics such as backlit conditions and dense jungle foliage. Get a crash course in the joys of macro photography as you encounter “life in the undergrowth,” and learn gear tips to keep your camera in tip-top working order in humid environments.