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Friday, March 12, 2010

MNS Kuching Branch Bird Group Raptor Identification Workshop (20-21 March 2010)

Can you count how many raptors and what species they are? Came and learn from experts on how to identify raptors at rest and in flight.

The Malaysian Nature Society – Kuching Branch Bird Group is pleased to announce the Raptor Identification (ID) Workshop to be held in Kuching on 20-21 March 2010. 

The Workshop will be conducted by Mr. Aun Tiah who is a very experience birder and raptor watcher from Selangor.  He will be assisted by two other very experience assistants from MNS Selangor Branch Bird Group.

The workshop is a follow up from a very successful Raptor Workshop organized by ARRCN (Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network) recently held in Kuching which covered the general aspect of the raptor research works in Asian.  This raptor workshops aims at those who are interested to learn how to identify raptors especially when they are in flight.

Raptors in flight sometimes give a bird watcher only a few seconds to identify.  To assist in raptor identification, Aun Tiah will talk about a raptor’s anatomy and plumage, wing shape and markings, tail shape and markings, and flight-pattern that raptor watchers used to identify raptors.

The talk will focus on resident raptors as well as some migratory species that are likely to be encountered in Sarawak.  This classroom session will be held on the evening of 20 March 2010 (Saturday) at Samajaya Nature Reserve from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.

A field practice session will be held on Sunday morning, 21 March at Kubah National Park from 8:30am – 10:30am.

Participation to the workshop is FREE for members.  Non members are welcome to join the workshop for a token fees of RM5/- which will go towards conservation.

For further information and registration, please contact Susan Teal at 012-8551799 (sueteal2006@gmail.com) or Anthony Wong at 013-8333163 (antwong@sareaga.com).

Aun Tiah recording the counts during Raptor Watch at Tanjung Tuan.

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