Thursday, February 02, 2017

Wings of KKB 2017

Selangor International Bird Race 2017

The Wings of KKB 2017 will take place from 21-23 April 2017 and this bird watching event in Selangor will be running in the 6th year. You should also know that in 2016, the event took a twist and re-branded themselves as the Selangor International Bird Race. 

Last year, during the Wings of KKB 2016, an estimate or 700 to 1000 participants were recorded. which is a great number. Participants included bird racers of multiple levels, photographers, attendees and school kids for the explorace. 

This year, the Wings of KKB 2017 will see another round of bird race through multiple checkpoints that start in the town of Kuala Kubu Bharu or KKB is it is called. The race will proceed to the Kalumpung Hot Springs before ending at Awana Genting which is part of the Important Birding Area or IBA MY10 and is situated 3,000 feet (915 meters) above sea level. 

In total, bird watchers can spot around 40 different species in the lowlands while up at Awana Genting, there are up to 70 species of birds available. Birds to spot during the Wings of KKB 2017 include Silver-Breasted Broadbill, Red Headed Trogon, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Marbled Wren Babbler, Large Niltava, Black Thighed Flaconet and four Hornbills (Great, Bushy Crested, Oriental Pied and Rhinoceros).
Wings of KKB Bird Race
The route for Wings of KKB 2017, going through various areas for the Bird Race. Photo by: WingsofKKB
Bird watchers from Malaysia and around the region are regular participants during the KKB Bird Festival and the numbers have grown over the last five years. The Hulu Selangor council's involvement together with Resorts World and Tourism Selangor have made this event one of the important bird watching events in Malaysia. It also contributes to nature and eco tourism while creating awareness for the younger generation on the importance of birds as part of our biodiversity. 

Activities during the event includes participation from the general public and also school children. It is also projected to attract families, couples and groups of friends as part of a learning experience. During the event, there will also be booths showcasing various related programs, products and souvenirs. Activities include;
  • Bird Race (Professional, Secondary School and Primary School Category)
  • Bird Photography
  • Bird Seminar
  • Explorace
Last years participants with their birding equipment at the Wings of KKB 2016. Photo by: Travel With E.T.A 
Wings of KKB 2017
Date: 21-23 April 2017
Venue: Kuala Kubu Bharu, Kalumpung Hot Springs, Awana Genting
Time: 5.00 am till evening

For those interested in similar events, read this article on Birding Events in Malaysia as it provides all the bird watching events and festivals happening all over Malaysia. The largest and most successful birding event is also held in Sandakan during the Borneo Bird Festival which attract thousands of people yearly. Visitors from as far as the UK, Australia and Europe make their way here to participate in the very interesting bird race, especially for birding on the island of Borneo. 

As I am an amateur bird watcher and bird photographer, I have been doing this hobby since 2007 but never did make this my priority hobby as my work takes me to many places. I use a basic Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with a Nikkor 300mm Telephoto Lens and an Omicron Binoculars for my birding. My work has taken me to various interesting places around the region and world where when I get some free time, I will do some basic bird watching. Recently in late 2016, I did some bird watching in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara which was pretty amazing. 

For bird watchers or bird photographers, the Wings of KKB 2017 will be the premier event happening in the vicinity of Selangor and Pahang, which is only an hours drive from the city area. You can rent a car and self drive to KKB or even stay at Awana Genting Resort if you would like to participate for the Selangor Bird Race 2017. 

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