Sunday, December 28, 2014

Taiping Lake Gardens Nature and Bird Walk 

Sunday, 4th January 2015

Time: 7.30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Car park, near Flemington Hotel

Open to members of the Malaysian Nature Society and the public. If you have a pair of binoculars please bring them along. If you don't have any, no worries. Wear comfortable walking shoes and attire. Bearing in mind this is still the monsoon season be prepared for soggy ground and wet weather. The walk should end by 10.00 a.m.

Friday, October 4, 2013

My Last Days in SERATAS

This post is not about nature but about culture. The culture of friendship, of camaderie, of teacher-student bonds. This post is dedicated to all SERATASians, present or ex-

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Taiping Raptor Festival

Why celebrate the return of the raptors ?

During the autumn months beginning from late September, thousands of raptors including hawks, buzzards and bazas, can be seen passing over Taiping, on their southbound migration to Indonesia where they will spend the winter months. Not many people in Taiping are aware that this spectacular show is being played out over the town every year. To raise awareness of this wonder of nature, the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) has organized the inaugural Taiping Raptor Festival 2011. All activities are free of charge.

Come join the celebration

  • Attend talk on Raptors of Malaysia at Taiping Zoo seminar room.
  • Go birdwatching with MNS members.
  • Witness the amazing phenomenon of hundreds of raptors passing overhead at Scott’s Hill, Taiping Villa.
  • Learn about raptors and why they migrate at our exhibition.
  • Have fun at our children’s activity booth and take home the handicrafts you make for free.
  • Go shopping at the MNS booth and stand a chance to win prizes.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Waking up on World Environment Day 2011

Waking up this morning I was hit by pangs of guilt. Today is World Environment Day and I have nothing planned to celebrate it!

Things brightened up a bit when I remembered that today I am doing MY Garden Birdwatch, a nationwide survey organised by the Bird Group of MNS Selangor.

I haven't been birdwatching for a few days now though it is my school holidays so I was more than happy to spend half an hour on the balcony, relaxing and enjoying the company of Kim Chye and the birds.

All in all, we listed 11 species which is not many by any means for the patch of trees and field in front of our house. We usually get more and our list from our balcony through the years have totalled over 70 species. We heard/saw flying overhead 5 other species but unfortunately they cannot be included, according to the rules of the survey. Missing were 7 species we see regularly but were not around today.

Lots of people would probably think I had a rather pathetic Sunday doing something so boring as birdwatching but I feel otherwise. I feel thankful that at least I have been outdoors in the limited time I have and am now more prepared to face mundane household chores besides being a citizen scientist.

Just to share with you, the following are some common garden birds which chose not to show up during the survey. Naughty, naughty, naughty!

White-throated Kingfisher, glowering at us but today no show

Common Myna, today strutting its act elsewhere

Common Iora, today neither seen nor heard. Missed its melodious song

Blue-throated Bee-eater, did a flypast but refused to perch

For anyone interested to participate next year go to :