Who says research work is dull and only for scientists? It is not and can be fun too. Bring your family along, birdwatch, have a picnic, do digiscoping, get some good exercise walking or generally relax while scanning the forest for hornbills or listening for their calls. The birdwatchers of MNS Perak have for the past months, been doing just that.
The e-mail report below is from Loke Choon Ming. He has volunteered for the Perak Hornbill Survey project. It bears testimony to the fact that anyone can do research and can have fun doing it. The happy smiles on the relax faces in the photo say a thousand words.
Words and images by Loke Choon Ming
Last Sunday, 28 Sept. 2009, David Chin and I, together with our wives as observers, did a second hornbill survey at Tanjong Tualang. This time we headed straight to the hill top of an oil palm estate which overlooks a stretch of the Tanjong Tualang Forest Reserve about 1 km away.
We were there the first time, but did not see any hornbills. As this spot gave us a vantage viewpoint of the forest, we decided to go back there again. And, we were rewarded with the sighting of 4 Black Hornbills besides two raptors which we could not identify as they were too far away and the atmosphere was hazy.
This first sighting of two Black Hornbills, one male and one female perched on a bare tree about 1km away, was at 9.30am. See picture attached below. They were there flying around for a while. Later we saw another female some distance away from this pair.
Finally, at about 10.30am, I saw three of them (I do not know where the third one had appeared from) flew off to the right, disappearing behind a low hill, while the lone female which was still perched on the same tree, eventually, also flew off. In total, there were 4 Black Hornbills seen.
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