Friday, December 11, 2009

Sibuti Wildflife Sanctuary for AWC 2010

Site office of the Sibuti Wildlife Sanctuary, presently the sanctuary is not open to the public. Access is limited to specialists for research purposes only if any. The sanctuary is under the management of Sarawak Forestry Corporation Northern Region, Miri Office.

The dark green patches are two blocks of protected riverine mangrove ecosystem under the purview of Sibuti Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is bounded by Sibuti River on the south and east, Bungai farmlands on the north and coastal cash crop seasonal farms on the west, which also the coast.

We stumbled upon Sibuti Wildlife Sanctuary from Google Earth, and publications on the web by SFC and others about this mangrove nature reserve. It reported has a healthy estuarine crocodile population. Being a riverine mangrove ecosystem, it also seemed to be choice habitat for waterbirds and others.

Birds of special interest in the sanctuary:
Bat Hawk Machaeramphus alcinus
Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus
Ruddy Kingfisher Halcyon coromanda
Hook-billed Bulbul Setornis criniger
Locals have also reported regular annual presence of small numbers of “ducks” at a brackish lake (Danau Tambak) between Sg. Niah and Sg. Sibuti. (unable to locate on current map)

Other cool birds that can be found at the sanctuary:
Japanese Sparrowhawk
Watercock (one record so far of a female in Kuala Baram from AWC 2009)
Black-winged Stilt
Oriental Cuckoo
Indian Cuckoo
Black-bellied Malkoha
Buffy Fish-Owl
Rufous-backed Kingfisher
Common Goldenback
White-bellied Woodpecker
Orange-backed Woodpecker
Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
White-chested Babbler
Short-tailed Babbler
Striped Tit-Babbler
Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher
Mangrove Whistler
Red-throated Sunbird
Purple-throated Sunbird
Dusky Munia

How about an birdwatching in Sibuti Wildlife Sanctuary for AWC 2010? We are presently considering the practicalities of a census at this part of the Sibuti River.

This could in fact yield quite handsome finds as far as waterbirds (Black-winged Stilts, Ducks??) are concerned as well as provide continued systematic monitoring to the site via AWC.

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