THOUSANDS of birds are expected to make their way back to their breeding grounds in Russia, China, Korea and Japan after spending their winter months away in Indonesia.
The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) is organising its 12th annual Raptor Watch at Tanjung Tuan, in Negri Sembilan. The spot is the shortest route across the sea between the peninsula and Indonesia.
The birds, mostly raptors, make a beeline for it, crossing the sea by catching the thermal — a column of rising warm air in the lower altitudes.
As large birds, raptors cannot continuously flap their wings all the way back to the northern hemisphere. They need to glide on thermals to help them travel the distance.
Once they are above Tanjung Tuan, the raptors will keep circling to catch thermals to fly higher – giving bird watchers from the ground a spectacular view of these magnificent avians.
Apart from helping nature enthusiasts enjoy the spectacular aerial display, the MNS is also organising a host of activities this weekend with yearly venue sponsor – PNB Ilham Resort, Port Dickson.
Among them are the forest walk, marine/seashore walk, and bird watching. Booths for face painting and henna tattoo and games will also be set up.
Other programmes include T-kite making and paper recycling activities, talks and hourly video screening on bird watching.
On Sunday, check-out the Raptor Watch amazing race, fashion show competition for schoolchildren, and photography tips by the MNS photo group. Come armed with your cameras. Oh, don’t forget your binoculars.
Performances, lucky draws and exhibitions on nature and bird-related programmes will be held.
For the forest walk and marine/seashore walk, come with appropriate shoes – so, ladies, keep the high heels at home.
Wear comfortable long sleeved blouses or shirts. Don’t forget your cap or hat, suntan lotion and bottled water.
Raptor Watch ambassador, Maya Karin, will be there to give her support.
Call the Malaysian Nature Society at 03-2287 9422 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mns.org.my for details.