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23 February 2012 | last updated at 12:34am

Raptor Watch takes flight for 13th straight year

MALACCA: Raptor Watch, one of the region’s biggest bird-watching events, promises yet another exciting spectacle this year.
Organised by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) in partnership with the Malacca government, the event will take place for the 13th straight year at PNB Ilham Resort, near Tanjung Tuan, on March 10 and 11.

Every year, spectators get to see thousands of raptors, also known as birds of prey, migrate north to their breeding grounds in Siberia, China, the Korean peninsula and Japan from their winter refuge in the south.

Tanjung Tuan, which is gazetted as a forest reserve, is the nearest landfall across the Straits of Malacca from Indonesia and is an important site for the birds to rest or catch thermals before continuing on their journey.

Due to its importance to migratory birds, the 60ha site is designated as an important bird area by Birdlife International.

MNS conserves the forest reserve by promoting Raptor Watch, through which it raises awareness of raptors and the need to conserve their habitat.

Visitors come from Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines and Thailand. Last year, about 2,000 turned up.

This year, MNS hopes to get even more spectators to take part in activities, which include guided walks, eco-talks, games, arts and crafts, an obstacle course and a treasure hunt.

MNS head of communications Andrew Sebastian said last year’s raptor count went up to 57,000 birds over more than 40 days.

“This year, we have spotted 141 raptors, which may seem like a small number, but this is a good sign, as it means the birds will come in big numbers in March.”

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Festival of Wings 2011

October 15, 2011 during 2:00 pm

It is that time of a year again where a swift friends embark on their prolonged debate from colder homes streamer to warmer climates. This annual eventuality is organized to foster a significance of a birds as a healthy indicator of a world Earth’s health. Bird lovers can design to see dozens of class of a feathered friends interlude by en track to their destinations.

Festival of Wings 2011

The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP) celebrates this yearly eventuality by organising a dual day Festival of Wings 2011 to be hold during Kuala Selangor Nature Park from 22nd to 23rd Oct 2011. As a premier eco-tourism site in Selangor, a eventuality also aims to emanate an recognition of a sourroundings as this year is aptly announced as a International Year of Forests by a United Nations (UN). Lots of fun and sparkling activities are in store for inlet lovers and a open to attend and enjoy. There will be a FOW-BATA Run 2011 hold on 22nd Oct during 7.00 am, bird examination sessions, mangrove stream cruises and tours and a firefly tour. It is truly an sparkling eventuality not to be missed. For some-more information, greatfully record on to MNS’ website here or call 03 3289 2294.

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Nature Guide to Chenderoh Lake

September 22, 2011 during 2:00 pm

Some people might find that a best time to transport around Malaysia is during a off-peak season. There is positively reduction people flocking to a traveller prohibited spots, hotel accommodations are approach cheaper and a trade jams are roughly non-existent. Though these factors might be among a many that a chairman takes into care when formulation a holiday, a one categorical cause that many people dismay is a doubt of where to go for a holiday.

While many would opt for a discerning getaway to places like Penang or Genting Highlands, others might wish to suffer some still time while joining with Mother Nature. If waiting on a beach is not your crater of tea, because not join a Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) to Chenderoh Lake in Northern Perak? MNS is organising a 3D2N outing to Chenderoh Lake this entrance 24th compartment 26th Sep 2011. The outing presents a good event for many to try a singular vicinity and ecosystem of Chenderoh Lake. There will be a internal beam who will share his practice and believe about a area with a group. Participants will also have a possibility to learn about a accumulation of herbal and medicinal plants that are found in a area.

Chenderoh Lake

The relaxed and willing Chenderoh Lake creates it a good end to conduct to for a relaxing holiday.

Some of a activities in a programme embody a guided vessel float around a lake, a revisit to a rapids and a revisit to a Lenggong Archaeological Museum. There is a assign of RM 290 for MNS adult members and RM 230 for children between a ages of 6-12 years old. An additional assign of RM 70 will be levied for non-members, that is a cost for 1 year’s MNS membership. These charges covers accommodation in easy normal Malay houses, vessel rides, internal beam fees and some meals. Transportation is by carpooling, with losses to be borne by a passengers and payable directly to a drivers. As this outing is singular to usually 16 persons, it is strongly suggested to register and compensate a fees early to equivocate disappointment. Those who are meddlesome in engagement a place might hit Keong during 012 511 3690 or email

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Raptors circling above Tanjung Tuan forest reserve, view from PNB Ilham Resort. — Pictures by Low Mei MayTHOUSANDS 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: or visit for details.

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