Fraser's Hill has long been a favourite destination for local and international bird watchers.
The relatively undisturbed jungle clad mountain terrain and the cool climate attracts over 250 species of birds, some coming from as far as Siberia .
However, 23 and 24 June sees bird watchers flock (excuse the pun) to the hill resort to participate in the Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race. As well as a relaxing escape from the humidity of KL, this is a non-competitive event that requires bird watchers to race against time to spot as many bird species as possible within the routes in Fraser’s Hill.
The objectives of the Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race are to preserve nature and simultaneously promote Fraser’s Hill as a bird sanctuary. Even though there are other bird watching destinations in the country, Fraser’s Hill is still a preferred destination because large species of mountain birds thrive comfortably there in the most conductive habitats, and at certain times of the year, migratory birds make their presence felt, although briefly.
The competition will be divided into three distinctive categories – the advanced category for the serious and experienced bird watchers who habitually return to Fraser's Hill at the slightest opportunity to do trial field runs, the novice category for those who just take up bird watching out of curiosity or treat bird watching as an academic hobby and the local category for the local residents who know the whereabouts of the birds in Fraser's Hill and see the birds every day.
To find out more about this exciting event, look under the events section of the Fraser’s Hill Development Corporation website: www.pkbf.org.my