By Chan Kai Soon
On May 15th, 2011, a Birding SIG event was hosted by Chan Kai Soon at the Ipoh YMCA boardroom at 3 pm. Only 16 people turned up, mostly composed of veteran birders of the branch. However, there were two new faces and both requested to be added to the bird group following the event. Chan started off with a demonstration of how to use the Bird i-witness website. This consists of an introduction to the welcome screen of the website which displayed important and recent records.
A quick tour of the features and various active links was demonstrated. Chan also used his recent sighting records to demonstrate how to submit data. It was a very easy process indeed. He also illustrated how to extract data from the records submitted and showed how useful it could be for birders to plan their birding trips based on customizable data output.
The second part of the event was the showing of about 40 clips of bird videos recorded by Chan. Notable videos included massive flocks of waders at Kapar Power Station and migration of Oriental Honey Buzzard as well as Black Bazas. Some of the colourful resident species and candid bird videos were also shown. At the end of the talk, three DVDs each containing most of the video clips shown were given away as lucky draw prizes. Wong Koon Yoke, Josephine Tan and Cheaw Hon Ming were the lucky winners. All attendees were given the BIW brochure with its url so that more people can register and submit records online.
To mark our participation in the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day on May 14 & 15, Chan used BIW to generate a list of all migratory species that were seen in Perak between 1 – 15 May 2011.
Surprisingly, despite the late spring period, 17 species were observed, including rarities such as Black Bittern and Indian pond Heron (see list below).