Proboscis monkey - a self-confident, dominant male.
Proboscis female with an infant.
They eat all day and are rhuminators to get every bit of nutrition out of the leaves.
They regurgitate and chew the food one more time to fascillitate digestion.
Kinabatangan river and unspoilt lowland rainforrest.
The Besra is on the Birdwatcher's Top 10
list around the Kinabatangan river.
With good reason - you have to be lucky to be close
enough for a picture like these.
alongside a branch some 2-3 meters above the ground - the Common Iora .
just outside our cabin in Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge.
Long-tailed green agame lizard right next to our cabin.
Female Pied Hornbill feeding on figs.
to Oxbow Lake - an old blind arm on the river.
Brown Throated Sunbird in the Bourgainvillae.
Vandaceous Orchid species in flower - and with several seed-pods
too - in Bako National Park.
Rhinoceros hornbill male in flight - Note the big, red/orange "horn".
Female Black Hornbill in Danum Valley.
The most common squirrel on our destinations.
Black-backed Kingfisher at the Kinabatangan river.
The Ruddy Kingfisher is migrating from the north
to Borneo in winter, but is rarely seen.
It's quite easy to tell the two present Macaque species apart
the different tail and the much different haircut!
No wonder, the big Pigtailed males are sometimes called Baboons!
Lighthouse Bug - one of the more colourfull species.
Sambar Deer at Danum River - note the wound on its throat from an earlier attack - predator - or human!
Red Leaf Monkey or Red Langur.
Flying Dragon Lizzard resting on a tree.
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker at Kawag Rainforrest Lodge in Danum Valley
Flying lemur at rest high on a tree-trunk.
White-bellied Sea-eagle leaping from a tree-top at Kinabatangan.
Only one thing counts - impressing and mating the lady!
Iban Longhouse anno 2020 at Batang Ai Dam Lake.
Traditional Iban Wellcome dance.
White-rumped Shama at Batang Ai Dam Lake
The Sarawak Surili is the rarest primate in the World - so this is a very rare Sight!
These swiftlets do not have sonar-location and have to nest in daylight - and not in caves.
- and their nests are not edible, as those of a related species!
Saltwater crocodiles are abundant in Bornean rivers - also at Kinabatangan and tributaries.
A large spider on a tree in Danum Valley.
Butterfly along the River Danum.
Thousands of Vandaceous and other orchids in the impressive Kuching Orchid Garden
- but unfortunately only very few blooming during our visit in march.
Longtailed Macaque family - also known as Crab-eating Macaque.
Youngsters feeding on ripe figs - they have not yet got the white markings between the eyes.
This is how the "Man of the Forrest"
is often seen at first - very concealed in the branches.
Both stalks and leaves of this plant are eaten.
Another one in the high trees - eating what it comes across.
Wax tube entrance for Stingless bees living in a tree at Poring Hot Springs.
Asian Darter at Kinabatangan River.
The more than fist-sized seed of the Iron Wood tree in Danum Valley is heavy too.
Coelogyne rupicola in Kinabalu Park.
The proboscis monkeys are abundant along the Kinabatangan river, but we also met them at Bako National Park.
This species feed on the leaves of several species of Diphterocarp trees.
There has to be time for playing - and relaxing a bit - as well.
These primates have several stomachs - like a cow - hence the big belly, even in youngsters.
Early morning mist just before the sun breaks through.
One of the most sought-after birds of prey by bird-watchers in the area - the
Common Iora at the nest - just outside the lodge gate at Kinabatangan Rainforrest Lodge.
The nest seem too small for the bird - but it isn't!
Long-tailed agame female at Kinabatangan River
Male and female Pied Hornbill grooming their feathers together.
Quite a few people visit the Kinabatangan and get close to the wildlife from the boats.
Dendrobium anosmum, orchid species, with a few flowers - but more buds will come into flower shortly.
Female leaving the tree-top. The "horn" is clearly smaller
I did not see the male - with the lightcoloured bill and horn.
Prevost's squirrel selecting the best figs at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge.
Blue-eared Kingfisher is a fairly common sight - but they are small and fly fast!
Pig-tailed Macaque also roam the river banks.
The Pigtail and the Longtail Macaque can go in mixed groups.
Maybe something to eat?
Another type of Lantern Bug.
The Pygmy Squirrel is indeed small - here at Poring Hot Springs.
Red Leaf Monkey in the Gomantong area.
They are quite common and travel in small groups.
Thorny Devil Stick insect or Giant Spiny Stick insect are usually nocturnal, hiding during daytime.
Flying lemur with a baby hiding in unusually low branches in Bako National Park.
This is one of the biggest birds of prey around the Kinabatangan River.
Courting Black-naped Monarchs in a bush at Poring Hot Springs - oblivious of our presence!
The Iban people live close together, and sell traditional handcrafts and crops - like pepper.
Local rice-spirit were offered in large mugs during the dance.
Common Green Magpie at Kinabalu Park.
Dusky Broadbil in Kinabalu Park.
A Sarawak Surili (the grey one)
in the company of a group of Red Leaf Monkeys.
I'm told, that these pictures are quite unique - although unfortunately far from perfect.
Glossy swiftlets nesting as a group on a rock surface overhanging the Kinabatangan river.
An evolutionary masterpiece - unchanged for millions of years!
Black & Red Broadbill nesting at the river.
Butterfly in the Bourgainvilla at the Kinabatangan River.
Lots of fine Phalaenopsis plants in the shadehouse at Kuching Orchid Garden.
Male macaque feeding on oil-palm seeds, beached on this mud-flat from the plantation up-stream.
This one feeds on Water-hyacint
stalk and bulb.
This Orangutan was hiding behind the bush - but then started eating it!
A toothpick is handy after the meal.
Hanging upside-down ..... .
Monitor lizzards in all sizes along the river banks, roads - and in the lodges. This big one is 2 meters Plus.
Lots of orchids on a tree i Bako National Park.
Borneo Bent-toed Gecko on the wall outside the room in Kawag Danum Rainforrest Lodge.
Coelogyne rupicola in Kinabalu Botanical Garden.