The Kinabatangan River is a river near Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It is the second longest river in Malaysia, with a length of 560 kilometres from its headwaters in the mountains of southwest Sabah, to its outlet at the Sulu Sea, east of Sandakan. Kinabatangan is known for its remarkable wildlife and fascinating habitats such as limestone caves at Gomantong hill, dryland dipterocarp forests, riverine forest, freshwater swamp forest, oxbow lakes and salty mangrove swamps near the coast.
Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands is Sabah’s First and Malaysia’s largest RAMSAR site of 78,803 hectares. It is recognized internationally as an important wetland area and an attraction for people who find solace in the presence of the wilds and its stunning bird life. See link here:
|Good Morning Kinabatangan!|
The scenic meandering river of Lower Kinabatangan near Abai village
|Sandakan town and the gateway to the Kinabatangan river|
|Fiddler crabs communicate by a sequence of waves and gestures, males have an oversized claw or chela; used in clashes of ritualised combat of courtship over a female and signal their intentions between conspecifics.|
|This fish out of water has adapted to living mostly on land.|
Passing through the mangrove forest outlining the river banks....
|Oriental darter (snakebird)|
|Bornean ground cuckoo (endemic)|
Many unique mangrove species, such as Mangrove whistler, Mangrove blue flycatcher and long-tailed parakeets... You gotta be there!
Some common sightings are the Wreathed hornbills, the Stork-billed kingfisher, Ruddy kingfisher and Blue-ared kingfisher, Common Flameback woodpecker, the resident Mangrove Whistler, Scarlet Minivet, Lesser and Greater Leafbirds...
The visitor Lesser adjutant
The 'melancholic singer' Mangrove Blue flycatcher
Proboscis Monkey in the nibong palms
|Estuarine Crocodile 'lurking'|
|A rare sight of dominant male Orangutan feeding on nipah shoot |
|Pitcher plant - Nepenthes ampullaria|
What to bring?
Camera rain cover
Lightweight clothing or Cotton shirts
Birds of Borneo and Mammals of Borneo books
Poncho / Raincoat
North Borneo Safari Tours Sdn. Bhd. in Sandakan
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