Do more to promote raptor watch day

MARCH 14, is Tanjung Tuan Raptor Watch Day. Bird watchers from all over the world will converge on Port Dickson to watch the annual migration of these birds of prey on their journey back to the northern hemisphere.

The common raptors (Bird of Prey) that we see are the Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black Baza, Chinese Goshawk, Grey Faced Buzzard, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey and the star of this natural spectacular show, the Greater Spotted Eagle.

Every year the Malaysian Nature Society—in partnership with the Malacca state government—organi- ses this amazing event, usually during the second weekend of March, to allow people to witness this beautiful birds spring migration.

During this migration thousands of these beautiful raptors will fly past Tanjung Rupat Sumatra (Indonesia) making their way back to their mating ground in India, China, Japan, Korea and even to Siberia in Russia.

I believe that the Majlis Perbandaran Port Dickson (MPPD) should do more to promote this bird watching event.

Yes, Tanjung Tuan is in Malacca’s territory, but the spill off from this event, will be enjoyed by the business community of Port Dickson.

During last year’s “Raptor watch” there were only four buntings and one banner in Port Dickson town! It’s really sad to see that most people in Port Dickson don’t even know or have heard of this event.

MPPD should start by distributing flyers to local schools. Port Dickson is a really beautiful place with so many hidden gems to be discovered.

All it takes is little extra effort by the stake holders, to bring back the shine.


Port Dickson

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