Friday, June 25, 2010

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race 2010

Fraser's Hill is one of the best montane birding sites in Malaysia, it is also one of the Important Bird Areas (IBA) recognized by BirdLife International, click HERE to learn more about the IBA. You can also find out more about Fraser's Hill from these LINK1 LINK2.

I was in Fraser's Hill to volunteer as a marshall for the Fraser's Hill International Bird Race 2010 from 18th to 20th June. Click HERE for the event news reported by Malaysian Nature Society, MNS. Thanks to MNS Selangor Bird Group for inviting me to be part of the event.

I brought home two useful publications from this event, A checklist of the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia, published by MNS, priced RM25 per copy for MNS member. The front cover of the publication is a beautiful Himalayan Cutia. Himalayan Cutia is one of the birds which I wish to see in the wild.

Total number of bird species = 656
Total number of resident birds = 445
Total number of species occurring as migrants = 185
Total number of species occurring as vagrants = 58
Total number of species with both resident and migratory populations = 40
Total number of species considered extinct within Peninsular Malaysia = 8
Total number of regional endemics = 4
Total number of threatened species = 126

The second publication is Bird Watching in Malaysia, a free copy from Tourism Malaysia, which can be downloaded HERE.

After the bird race, I spent another three full days in Fraser's Hill for digiscoping together with Ooi Beng Yean. Thanks to Beng Yean for sharing some of his digiscoping tips. Follow the link are listed to view my digiscoped pictures of the wild birds of Fraser's Hill.

Click HERE to view the colorful common birds in Fraser's Hill.
Click HERE to view the fledgling of the Brown Wood Owl.
Click HERE to view the Slaty-backed Forktail.
Click HERE to view the Silvery Birds of Fraser's Hill. 

Besides birds, I'm also interested in the bird art on stamps, especially the Hornbills, Owls and Oriental Birds. Therefore, I intentionally visited the post office in Fraser's Hill to find some bird stamps. I saw an unique and beautiful post box outside the post office, which I would then like to share the picture of this beautiful post box in my blog. The post office is one of the post offices in Malaysia located at the BirdLife International recognized IBA.

post box in Fraser's Hill

Happy Birding, Digiscoping and Digisniping.

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