Protecting an important corridor of Borneo’s lowland tropical rainforest, the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is without doubt one of the best places for viewing wildlife in South-east Asia. With 10 primate species including orangutan and proboscis monkey, as well as elephants, clouded leopard, flat-headed cat, crocodiles, and over 200 species of bird (including all 8 of Borneo’s hornbill species!) the Kinabatangan is incredibly rich in biodiversity.
“Kinabatangan Dawn” was recorded over a period of several days in tropical rainforest on the banks of this great river.
Tracks 1 & 2: In the gloomy light before dawn, nocturnal insects tinkle as dew drops fall to the forest floor. A lone White-crowned Hornbill is the first bird to call – a soft, owl-like hooting in the distance. Babblers and Bulbuls whistle sweet phrases as the light brightens, and a pair of Rhinoceros Hornbills make their honking calls as they fly high over the forest. From the thick tangled undergrowth the booms of a Greater Coucal penetrate the forest, and a woodpecker drums on a nearby tree. In the canopy above, a troop of Long-tailed Macaque’s move out from the safety of the riverside trees where they spent the night, into the deeper forest in search of food, squabbling amongst themselves as they jump and crash in the foliage.
Track 3: Towering above the forest, a giant fig tree is fruiting and attracts a wide variety of hungry birds, mammals and insects. The shy White-crowned Shama sings beautiful melodies from the undergrowth and the cackling laughter of a Stork-billed Kingfisher can be heard coming from the direction of the river. Bushy-crested Hornbills feed alongide barbets, bulbuls and rainforest pigeons and later the unmistakeable whoosh of two huge Rhinoceros Hornbills can be heard as they fly to join the feast. If you listen carefully, your can hear the distant roar of a male Orangutan.
Tracks 4 & 5: As the day heats up, the forest quietens and a more peaceful ambience sets in. After calling for much of the morning and with their bellies now full, most of the creatures seem content to rest quietly in the shade. Only the insects increase their intensity and provide a relaxing rhythm to the now gentle sounds of the rainforest. A few hungry hornbills occasionally fly from one branch to another, while a Crested Serpent Eagle whistles as it soars above the river. Puff-backed Bulbuls cheerfully sing as they discover the giant fig tree, and the far-carrying call of a Great Argus resonates through this beautiful tropical rainforest on the banks of the Kinabatangan River.
|1.||Dewdrops Before Dawn (White-crowned Hornbill, White-crowned Shama and various babbler species)||[3:56]|
|2.||The Rainforest Awakens (Crested Serpent Eagle, Greater Coucal, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Long-tailed Macaque)||[7:26]|
|3.||Under the Giant Fig Tree (Spiderhunters, Barbets, Babblers, Emerald Ground Dove, Green Imperial Pigeon, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Orangutan)||[13:50]|
|4.||Rainforest Ambience (Black Magpie, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Spiderhunters & Puff-backed Bulbul)||[13:52]|