KUCHING: The early morning rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of 38 bird lovers who tramped Borneo Highlands Resort (BHR), peering through their binoculars to identify birds dwelling this Important Bird Area (IBA) in the recent Sarawak Bird Race.
The race was organised by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Kuching branch in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism.
Tourism Ministry principle assistant secretary Connie Christopher Kesa and Tourism Malaysia Tourism Development Products deputy director Azhar Musydni Abdul Mutalib flagged off the participants who included 24 from the Beginners Birding Workshop held last month.
The winner in the competition was to be the team that saw the largest number of species within a specified time frame and area.
Winner in this year’s race was team Eagle Eyes comprising Hans Hazebroek and James Lee Fung Onn who saw 33 species.
Second place went to the team of Dolores Lim and Rosli Suleiman who saw 28 species of bird, while third-placed team of Daniel Jee and Hendry Michael Paong saw 27 species.
Connie in her closing address said the next Sarawak Bird Race would be held in late October or early November next year.
BHR located at Borneo Highlands in Padawan was declared an IBA in 2010 for hosting several endemic and endangered species of birds. It is part of a global network created by Birdlife International.