Potential for birdwatching to grow in Brunei

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THE First Brunei Darussalam Bird Race was a hit among locals, according to the feedback received from participants who were mostly first-time birders.

All the participants enjoyed the experience, stating that it was interesting and also challenging, said by Race Director Mohd Vol Hj Momin in his speech yesterday during the announcement of the race’s winners at the Rizqun International Hotel.

“Some of them even informed me that they want to come back to Tasek Lama and do more birding which is a good indication for us organisers.”

He said birdwatching should be adopted by locals, especially the younger generation, to make them more aware of the creatures and also take part in conserving them.

Twenty-six birding enthusiasts participated in the race of which five were ladies and one youth.

Zulkifli Hj Abd Lamit was named champion of the men’s category. Mikhail Gregory Abdullah Teo and Ridzuan Mohsin came in second and third places respectively. Meanwhile, Alberta Chong bested other participants in the women’s category. The second and third place winners Sariah Hj Bujang and Grace Lai respectively.

Five participants were awarded for having the best photographs; Hj Muhammad Hj Sulaiman, Hj Ali Jaya Hj Md Salleh, Yong Kem Sin, Sariah Hj Bujang and Ridzuan Mohsin.

A motivational prize was also given to Gan Ken Ji for being an inspiration to others — he took up bird watching at a young age.

The prizes were presented by Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Haji Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar.

The first Brunei Darussalam Bird Race took place at Tasek Lama Recreational Park on September 29.

The main objectives of the race were to encourage birdwatching in Brunei, to promote birdwatching tourism in Brunei as well as to heighten the love of nature and nature conservation in the country.

The Brunei Times