Fraser's Hill Bird Race 2015 Winners

Fraser's Hill Bird Race 2015 Winners

The recent Fraser's Hill Bird Race 2015 that took place from the 22-24 March saw 44 teams participating for the three day birding event which has been around for the last 28 years. This year, the weather was almost perfect and teams were out and about the birding area gunning for the championship. Winners were categorised into three main categories which are;

• Advanced 
• Novice 
• IPTA/School 

The bird race also saw a number of international teams participating namely 2 teams from Singapore and 2 teams from Myanmar/Cambodia. Below is the complete list of winners and also the list of prizes that the birders won at the Fraser's Hill International Bird Race 2015. 

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race 2015
Participants at the launching of the bird race here
Advanced Category Winners

Team Piculets from Singapore
Team Piculets from Singapore, the Champion of the Fraser's Hill Bird Race 2015
Champion - Team Piculets (Singapore) - 75 Species

Blue Nuthatch H2 from Kuala Lumpur
Team Blue Nuthatch H2 from Kuala Lumpur
2nd Place - Team Blue Nuthatch H2 (Kuala Lumpur) - 74 species

Team Triple AAA from Sabah (Alim, Andrew and Andy) 
3rd Place - Team Triple AAA (Sabah) - 73 Species

Consolation
Team Sitta Azurea - 69 Species
Team Penang Wings - 65 Species
Team Tahan Prinia - 62 Species
Team Taman Negara Flycatchers - 61 Species

Novice Category Winners

Team Twin Birds from Malaysia
Team Twin Birds from Malaysia
Champion: Team Twin Birds (Malaysia) - 51 Species

Team Peacock from Malaysia
Team Peacock from Malaysia
2nd Place: Team Peacock (Malaysia) - 39 species

Team Pororo from Malaysia
Team Pororo from Malaysia
3rd Place: Team Pororo (Malaysia) - 38 Species

Consolation
Team Bowfly Birders - 22 Species
Team Wira Alam - 21 Species
Team Wiskered Tree Swift - 18 Species
Team Triple 'H' - 18 Species

IPTA/School Category

Champion - Team Iridescent Blue - 18 Species
2nd Place - Team Alumni UMP 1 - 18 Species
3rd Place - Team Alumni UMP 3 - 16  Species

Launch of the Fraser's Hill Bird Race 2015
VIP's officially launching the Fraser's Hill Bird Race 2015
This years birding prizes were also interesting as there was a good mix of prizes consisting of books, hampers, binoculars, sleeping bags, dry bags and many other items. almost every winning team received the Montane Birds of Cameron Highlands book as part of the prizes too. 

Frasers Hill Bird Watching
A hummingbird in action
Fraser's Hill Bird Race 2015 Prizes

Advanced Category Prizes

7th Place
- Montane Birds of Cameron Highlands Book
- Sleeping Bag
- Plaque 
- Hamper from BOH Tea

6th Place
- Montane Birds of Cameron Highlands Book
- Sleeping Bag
- Plaque 
- Hamper from BOH Tea

5th Place
- Montane Birds of Cameron Highlands Book
- Sleeping Bag
- Plaque 
- Hamper from BOH Tea

4th Place
- Montane Birds of Cameron Highlands Book
- Sleeping Bag
- Plaque 
- Hamper from BOH Tea

3rd Place
- Pentax Binoculars
- Feel Free Bag
- Plaque 

2nd Place
- Backpack
- Manfrotto White Bag
- Plaque

1st Place - Advance Champion 
- Binoculars
- Backpack
- Cullman Protector Backpack
- Champion Plaque

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race 2015
The many booths during the bird race here
Novice Category Prizes

7th Place
- Montane Birds of Cameron Highlands Book
- Self Inflatable Pillow
- Plaque 
- Hamper from BOH Tea

6th Place
- Montane Birds of Cameron Highlands Book
- Self Inflatable Pillow
- Plaque 
- Hamper from BOH Tea

5th Place
- Montane Birds of Cameron Highlands Book
- Self Inflatable Pillow
- Plaque 
- Hamper from BOH Tea

4th Place
- Montane Birds of Cameron Highlands Book
- Self Inflatable Pillow
- Plaque 
- Hamper from BOH Tea

3rd Place
- Multipurpose Dry Bag
- Minox T-shirt and Cap
- Plaque

2nd Place
- Kovea Portable Gas Stove
- Minox T-shirt and Cap
- Plaque

1st Place - Novice Champion
- Nikon Binoculars
- Coleman
- Minox T-shirt and Cap
- Champion Plaque

Bird Watchers at Fraser's Hill
Bird Watchers at Fraser's Hill
Overall, the bird race saw growing interest as many locals from around made their way up to find out more about this fun hobby. As the bird race was held over the weekend, there were about 20 booths set up along the event area showcasing many related products. 

Driving up to Fraser's Hill from Kuala Lumpur takes about 2 hours and there are a number of hotels available one there. Fraser's Hill was once a British highland retreat due to the cooling climate and nowadays, many visitors come up here for the weekend or even day trips to enjoy the beautiful nature available here. 

Activities around here include bird watching, trekking, visiting the waterfalls or simply to take a stroll around the hill area here. A number of bird watchers also make their way here all year through for birding activities. 

Frasers Hill Bird Watching
Bird photographers at Fraser's Hill
You can also read my other stories on Bird Watching in Malaysia as there are huge plans to bring this niche hobby to the next level. There are quite a number of place to do this around Malaysia too. I have also covered a story on Bird Watching in Sabah and also Bird Watching in Borneo for those interested too.   

The next big birding event in Malaysia is the Borneo Bird Festival and also the Borneo Bird Race which takes place from end September to early October and is the premier birding event in this region due to the 3 different destinations that birders will visit in the race. 

The Fraser's Hill Bird Race event is brought to you by Tourism Pahang and the Malaysia Nature Society (MNS) and for interested birders, local and international, you are welcome to participate in next years Fraser's Hill Bird Race 2016 as the dates are around the same weekend as this year. 

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