Words by Lai Ah Moi
This year’s event attracted bus loads of school children and college students. Groups of students were seen participating in treasure hunt along the nature trail. Many families also came to join in the fun and activities at the resort as well as watching the raptors circling overhead. There were participants from other countries as well.
Raptor counter Chan Kim Fatt counting raptors using the Kowa Doble Barrel scope lent to the Raptor Study Group for the raptor count by our Perak member Tan Chin Tong
Nature Owlet sold books etc, to the public to increased awareness of our nature heritage. Selangor MNS set up a stall selling T-shirts for all ages and other souvenirs. There were choices of different birds to be printed on the t-shirts on the spot at a price.
Selangor MNS also helped Perak MNS sell the Bird Group T-shirts. Seven of our T-shirts were sold.
Carol Ho a volunteer totally engrossed in her duty to ensure not a single passing raptor escaped her sharp eyes
The first day many raptors were seen circling over the Tanjung Tuan and the resort grounds. Bird watchers and photographers were seen happily snapping shots of these birds.
The birds came in waves over the northern part of the headland. More than 2000, mostly Oriental Honey Buzzards were counted on the first day.
The second day was disappointing for those of us with only binoculars, as the raptors have changed course towards the southern part of the headland due to the previous night’s storm. Nevertheless more than 2000 raptor were also counted through the powerful scopes set up at the light house compound.
Two of MNS Perak members, Kit Wan and Kim Chye, had volunteered to help in the raptor count as part of Raptor Watch’s 60 day project that will end on April 4, 2010. At the time of this writing the total stands at over 70,000 birds.
Members should not miss RWW next year as the event is not only for birdwatchers but for any one who wishes to witness a natural phenomenon, the phenomenon of seeing hundreds, sometimes thousands of birds of prey making landfall over Tanjung Tuan.
To me, RWW 2010 was a memorable one. I would certainly return again for raptor watch next year.