By Jeremy Khalil on May 15, 2015
In conjunction with Visit Selangor Year 2015, Gaya Travel team was invited by Tourism Selangor and Majlis Daerah Selangor to take part in the “Wings of KKB 2015” Selangor Bird Race last 25 and 26 April 2015. The event was joined by different media and school children, including the local community of Kuala Kubu Baru (KKB).
KKB is frequently mistaken as a sluggish town in Selangor because its considerable distance from Kuala Lumpur. Yet, KKB is favoured by travellers who enjoy adventurous and thrilling activities such as water-rafting and tubing. Mr. K. S. Durai, an experienced bird-watching guide, explained to the media that KKB is also filled with priceless trees such as mahogany and lush tropical greenery. Kuala Kubu Baru possesses matured trees that have been well-maintained for over 80 years, thus the area attracts different kinds of birds and wildlife.
The Wings of KKB 2015 Selangor Bird Race was divided into three categories: school, college/university and open category. Other activities held included mini explorace, batik canting, colouring competition for children and many booths selling and promoting outdoor merchandises. Special children from Hulu Selangor also took part in the race as supporters.
There were six checkpoints in total and race ended at Awana Genting Resort, which is located in the protected area registered under the Important Bird Area MY10 (an area recognised as being globally important habitat for the conservation of birds). Along the routes connecting the checkpoints, the participants of the raced witnessed birds by using binoculars. It was exhilarating to watch different bird species such as layang-layang, woodpeckers (belatuk), kingfishers (raja udang), hornbills (enggang) and brown shrikes flying around.
Besides watching birds, the participants also learned a great deal about them. According to Chek Norliana Chek Nor, Tourism Officer from Tourism Malaysia, it is not well known that crows (burung gagak) has more than one colour – it actually has yellow and red colours on its feather, not entirely black as normally seen. The participants also learned that the phrase “love is in the air” is also inspired from the hornbills: they are always together in pairs when flying or nesting.
During the race, which in itself is a bird photography competition, birders and photographers stood the chance to win coveted camera gadgets and accessories. Casual visitors were given special prizes too for winning the lucky draws. For the media, they were treated to a night stay at the established Awana Genting Resort.