Bako Kuching Wetlands National Parks and Bako-Buntal Bay Important Bird Area
Closest to Kuching, the state capital, you have a wide array of birdlife; two of the favourite protected areas being Bako and Kuching Wetlands National Parks. The former stretches along the Muara Tebas peninsula, is part of the Bako-Buntal Bay Important Bird Area and a haven for wetland birds such as the endangered winter visitors: Far Eastern curlew and spotted greenshank. There are also resident bulbuls and large billed blue flycatchers and, for those in search of a very special gift sighting, the Christmas frigatebird is a critically endangered beautiful sight to behold.
Kuching Wetlands National Park, just 15km from the capital, makes for a fine feather friend finale to a bird watching vacation in Sarawak, before taking flight yourself. Take a boat trip through these estuarine waterscapes filled by Sibu Laut and Salak Rivers as you look out for a superb array of birds among the mangroves and creeks. These include kingfishers, white-bellied sea eagles and the rare lesser adjutant stork. And few things will make a birder happier than spotting the exquisite endemic, Bornean bristlehead. Never to be upstaged by birds, however, the park’s proboscis monkeys and Irrawaddy dolphins will also undoubtedly add to your farewell in pure Sarawakian splendour.