Saturday, February 04, 2017

Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race 2017

Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race 2017

The Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race 2017 will take place on 25-26 February at one of Malaysia's hill resorts in Pahang. This is one of the pioneer bird watching events in Malaysia which was started in 1988 and is running in its 30th year. In total, over 10,000 people have visited Fraser's Hill for the bird race and festival which also attracts participants and visitors from neighboring countries.

Organised by Tourism Pahang, Malaysia Nature Society (MNS), Malaysian WWW for Nature, and Fraser's Hill Development Corporation, this yearly event attracts beginner and professional bird watchers and nature lovers to the highland retreat. The great thing about this event is that it is only about less than two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, using the scenic route to get to Bukit Fraser as it is locally called. 

Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race 2017

Foe the 30th year of the Fraser's Hill Bird Race, there are some exciting events, activities and contest line up for participants and also visitors. The general bird race is the main event where teams of three persons will race to spot the most number of birds here. Other events include the Fraser's Hill Bird Photography Contest where it is open to everyone. Prizes are yet to be announced, but rest assured, they will be attractive ones. 

Bird watchers and photographers have the opportunity to try their luck and spotting or photographing the 260 species of birds found in an area of 2,804 hectares of lush tropical rainforest here. Among them, you can find some endemic birds which are rare or extremely rare. 
Fraser’s Hill Bird Race 2017
Scene at the main square of Fraser's Hill in Pahang
Activities at the Fraser's Hill Bird Race 2017
  • Bird Race 
  • Bird Photography Contest
  • Talks
  • Promotional Booths
Bird Race Categories
Based on the previous years categories for the bird race, they are usually divided into three segments which are;
  • Advanced category: For serious and experienced bird watchers
  • Novice category: For those who just take up bird watching out of curiosity or treat bird watching as an academic hobby
  • Local category: For the local residents who know the whereabouts of the birds in Fraser’s Hill are
Fraser’s Hill Bird Photography Contest 2017
The Fraser's Hill Bird Photography Contest 2017
Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race 2017
Date: 25-26 February 2017
Location: Fraser's Hill

Apart from the Fraser's Hill International Bird Race, there are also many other bird races happening around Malaysia. The next one would be the Kenyir Bird and Nature Quest 2017 which takes place from 25-26 March 2017. Wings of KKB 2017 also known as the Selangor International Bird Race 2017 will take place in April 2017. 

This is followed by the Borneo Bird Race 2017 and also the Borneo Bird Festival 2017 which takes place in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo. For more information, you can also read my article on Birding Events in Malaysia which highlights all the related events. 

Those who are into birds, birding or nature, and visiting Kuala Lumpur at the end of February, you should make it a point to drop by or even participate in this years Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race 2017. This would be a great opportunity to see and experience the Malaysian nature scene and also get to know the local birding industry. For those planning to attend this bird race, you should start making our travel arrangements and transportation. See you at the event! 

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