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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cuti-cuti Sabah: Going into the mangrove P1

This is my second time visited the KK City Bird Sanctuary in Likas. The first time was 4 years ago, also during SIL's visit to KK. Nothing much has changed, which is good; apart from some buildings deteriorated and closed down. DH & myself always apreciate this pleasant 1.5km boardwalk around the mangrove forest, while experiencing the ecosystem up close.

The Bird Sanctuary that remains is an important refuge and feeding ground for many species of resident birds, as well as several migratory bird species from Northern Asia. The Kota Kinabalu Bird Sanctuary in Malaysia also acts as a breeding ground for the marine life that is protected by the Fishery Department of Sabah. Tiny fishes hide under the intertwined mangrove roots from feeding birds. [source]

Geared up with his binocular. He was quite excited spotting the mudskippers and fiddler crabs. Walking along the boardwalk, we could hear clucking/tapping sound made by the male fiddler crabs - as they wave their oversized claws high in the air and tap them on the ground in an effort to attract females.

"tap!" "tap!"

Quite interesting to see this amphibious fish uses its pectoral fin, to "walk" on mud.

Baby C enjoyed himself too

Mama, carry me please.

At the platform where the three generations were bird-watching.

We didnt see many birds, probably it was too early for the birds to come home (It was around 5pm). We spotted a little Egret and a kingfisher searching their pre-dinner meal.

The locals called this bird Keruak, or other name is the white-breasted Waterhen. I had always wanted to catch this bird when I was little; but it was too fast for me. It is one noisy bird that made the ruak ruak ruak sound. I guess, that's where it get its local name from.

Unfortunately, it is sad to see lots of rubbish in the mangrove swamp. Those rubbish probably was washed in during high tide, or could also dumped by irresponsible patrons. Wonder if people would ever change and start to care the environment. By the way, do you see a little crab next to the green bottle?


Sarah said...

great pix! i totally love that tiny little crab! is it as tiny as our thumb?

Joan D'Arcy said...

Hi Sarah,
Pix taken by my BIL, and some by DH. The crab is very small, i think probably like a thumbsize, or even smaller.

serene said...

Hi Celine,

I plan to bring natalie to KK City Bird Sanctuary. May i know what is the necessary things to bring and what is the best time to visit in a day? Wonder do they open on National day?

best regards,

Joan D'Arcy said...

We love the place.. very calm and lil C ran about along the boardwalk to spot the crabs. But he was too noisy for the birds.. hahaha!

It would be quite breezy & shady in the late afternoon. We were there from 4.30pm to almost 6pm. Most important to bring the insect repellent that is gentle to kids' skin, drinking water and if you have binoculars would be great. Else, you can rent one at the registration centre. I think its only RM5 each.

You can call them at 088-246955 to ask if they are open on the 31st.

Office Hours
Tue - Sun: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Closed on every Monday except public holiday


serene said...

wow thanks celine for your info. i have call them and great to know that they are open on national day. so my plan can carry on. i will take note of the things that mention and get ready for it. christian enjoy so much and i believe natalie will love it too. i must also plan to sandakan when my baby is 1yrs plus, so much fun there too! thanks celine for sharing so much with us.

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