Raptor Watch Week 2011

Date: 11 & 12 March 2011

Venue: Ilham Resort Ground, Tanjung Biru, Port Dickson

For more information on Raptor Watch Week 2011 please click here.

I can’t remember when was the first time we attended a Raptor Watch Week event, but I am sure it was many many years ago – Aina was still a toddler then, and now she’s almost 14! It was pre-blogging era for me ๐Ÿ˜‰ . On previous trips, we had stayed at the nearby Casa Racardo as well as The Blue Lagoon Resort. Other times we just made a day trip to this place.

I checked my blog entries and found out that the last time we were there was during Raptor Watch Week 2009,ย  where I had quite a lengthy entry for it.

Today, we left home early to fetch Nafis. We stopped at Dengkil Rest Area for breakfast. While we were there, we noticed the extra-ordinary crowd – this must be due to the fact that today is the beginning of a 9-day school holidays. My guess is that people were either going back to their hometowns, going away for a holiday (just like us ๐Ÿ™‚ ) or attending some wedding reception somewhere..

We arrived at Tanjung Tuan just after 10.30am, and were pleasantly “greeted” by flocks of raptors who had just arrived from Sumatera (Indonesia):

A close-up of another group:

As expected they must be tired, having just crossed the strait!

Like the previous Raptor Watch Weeks, today’s event was quite festive. There are some activities to keep visitors occupied, especially kids and school children.

I wanted to “jump” but there were many peopleย  that I only managed a “shy” one:

I went to visit the booths. I found some nice mugs at the Philipines stall ๐Ÿ™‚ย  at RM10 each:

Very educational too:

There were actually the last 2 pieces!

We also bought some t-shirts for the kids (no pic).

When we arrived it was really hot and sunny – very good weather for the raptors’ journey. They need the hot weather to provide thermals that enable them to glide across the strait. Please read here for more information.

Yesterdy must have been a good day, as indicated by the statistics (of the sightings of the raptors):

DH and the kids wanted to go to the nearby lighthouse. I decided not to follow, and stayed back at the event ground. While I was there, a elderly couple came to sit with me.ย  They told me that their daughters (about my age) wanted to go up to the light house too. Before I knew it, I found myself explaining to them about the Raptor Watch Week, mogratory birds, thermals, etc!

While I was there, I also saw a group of orphans came to the site:

Just after 1pm, I got a call form DH saying that they would me up at the car. I excused myself from the elderly couple, and walked towards where our car was parked. On the way, I saw the bus that took the orphans I saw earlier (pic later too):

We left Tanjung Tuan at about 1pm. Exhausted and hungry (DH and the kids), we stopped for a lunch of rice with asam pedas fish:

We eventually retired for the day at Avillion. The view from my room was so soothing:

that before long, I was in the slumberland ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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