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Thursday, November 25, 2010

ANNOUNCEMENT – BIRDING TRIP / Time: Sunday 28 November 4 P.M. at Chupak

 Pictures taken by Collin Cheong


The MNS Kuching Branch Bird Group is organizing a birding trip to Chupak!

It will be a perfect time to visit Chupak again as the paddy fields have just been planted and are in great condition to showcase the birds found there. 

Previous sightings at Chupak have been more than rewarding.  The Buff-banded Rail, a first sighting record for Kuching, was spotted in Chupak.  More recent sightings include the Black-winged Stilt and Gargarney.

The trip will be led by our expert birders, Daniel Kong and Yeo Siew Teck.  Unlike the usual early morning birding trips, the Sunday afternoon trip will give us a chance to see birds which are more active in the evening. 

Meeting Point:              By the road at Tapah Village

                                     Taman Rekresis Tapah (Town Park) Please be there by 3.45pm 
Time:                            Sunday 28 November 4pm

For those who prefer to sleep in on Sunday you still can join us!
One of the nearest and most extensive rice fields around Kuching area, Kg. Chupak/Skudup attract great number of migratory and wetland birds.   A number of interesting sightings have come out of the area including Sand Martin (1st record for Borneo for nearly a century), Greater Painted-Snipe (1st for Sarawak), Red-necked Phalarope, Blue-breasted Quail, Black-winged Stilt and Chinese Pond Heron. 

HOW TO GET THERE  Drive up the Kuching/Serian road, passing Siburan town, 18 mils (Jong’s Crocodile Farm) and Beratok town, 22 miles (limestone quarry is opposite the town).  Drive further along the road for 2 more miles and you will pass a Shell petrol station on your left.  Tapah town is just a kilometer along the road from Shell station.  So slow down!  Turn into Tapah town and meet at the road side in front of Taman Rekresis Tapah (Town Park) which is next to the Tapah Chinese Primary School.  Please be there on time - Those who are late will have to find their way to Chupak themselves.

TO BRING Please bring along your binocular, bird guides, pocket-size note pad, hat, and umbrella.  Please also remember to wear dull-coloured clothes.
FEES MNS Members and Students: FREE.  Non Members: RM5/-

For registration please contact Susan Teal at 012-8874401  or sueteal2006@gmail.com'

For more information about the trip please contact Anthony Wong at 013-8333163 (antwong@sareaga.com)or Susan Teal – 0128874401 or Kwan – 0198349499

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