Brunei Bird Race 2019 – Race 3 Labi Edition

Brunei Bird Race Series 3 Labi Edition

Great news for bird watchers as the Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 – Race 3 Labi Edition has been announced by the Tourism Development Department of Brunei and the Ministry of Primary Resources.

This bird race is also part of a four series event which is spread out at four different locations around Brunei, and aimed to promote bird watching in the kingdom.

Brunei Bird Race 2019 – Race 3 Labi Edition

For anyone who is interested, the online registration for the 3rd race of the Brunei Bird Race Series (BBRS) Labi Edition is also now open via the website – www.brunei.events

The actual race event is scheduled for the 5th to the 6th October 2019, and the bird race will also be held along the vicinity of the Mukim Labi road in the Belait District in Brunei.

On-line registration starts from Saturday, 14th September 2019 until Saturday, 28th September 2019 with and adjusted (previous BND$30.00) individual participation fee of BND $32.00 per person only, and this is due to the logistics.

The race is open for all fit individuals aged 12 years and above, birdwatchers, bird photographers and nature lovers who would like to try out bird watching photography.

This can be done as a new hobby and also to take photographs of the many bird species found all over Brunei Darussalam.

Participants joining this race will each get an official BBRS 2019 Labi Edition jersey, a goodie bag and certificate of participation.

Luangan Lalak Park
The stunning scenery at the Luangan Lalak Forest Recreation Park. Photo from Trover.

Where are the Locations for the 3rd Edition of the Brunei Bird Race 2019?

Similar to the recent Tasek Merimbun Bird Race which was held over two days period, the 3rd Edition of the Brunei Bird Race offers fascinating birds to be found at key check points in Mukim Labi such as;

  • Bukit Teraja Waterfall
  • Wasai Wong Kadir Recreational Park
  • Luagan Lalak Forest Recreation Park
  • Andulau Forest Reserve trail behind the Tropical Biodiversity Centre building

The flag-off for the Brunei Bird Race 2019 is scheduled to be held at Tropical Biodiversity Centre (TBC), Kg Bukit Puan on Saturday, 5th September, 2019 and at 3:00 pm.

The race is expected to finish around 10:30 am the next day on Sunday, 6th September 2019, and the prize giving ceremony is also scheduled at the same venue later in the afternoon.

Wonderful prizes related to the birdwatching activity are up for grabs to the bird watcher with the highest number of bird species spotted and photographed within the competition area and time given.

Other prizes include a nature outing at Mukim Labi over the weekend sponsored by the tourism industry players in Brunei.

Accommodation options available from bed and breakfasts (B&B), Long house homestay’s and hotels within the Belait and nearby Tutong District.

Series 3 Brunei Bird Race 2019
A flock of Oriental Darters on a tree during the Tasik Merimbun Edition. Photo by KemSim68.

How to Join the Brunei Bird Race 2019 – Race 3 Labi Edition?

For anyone interested in participating in the Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 Race 3, you can contact the organisers via email at – bruneibirdraceseries@gmail.com or through their Brunei Bird Race Facebook Page.

For those outside of Brunei, you are also encouraged to register early to confirm your spot, and make you arrangements for flights and accommodations.

And for those living across the borders in Sabah and Sarawak, you can also participate by contacting the organisers. This also includes birders from Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and also Thailand.

Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 Participants
Participants of the Brunei Bird Race Series Two in 2019.

Brunei Bird Race 2019 – Race 3 Labi Edition Information

  • Registration: 14 to 29 September 2019
  • Bird Race Date: 5 to 6 October 2019
  • Location: Mukim Labi, Belait District, Brunei
Conclusion

This is the first time that the Brunei Bird Race Series is being organized by the tourism department, with the support of other departments.

The objective is clear where such an event in regards to bird watching will help to promote Brunei to the rest of the world.

One of the reasons is to attract bird watchers or birders to experience the different areas for bird watching in Brunei, which is a very positive move in promoting ecotourism here.

If you have wondered what it is like to do bird watching in Brunei, this is your chance to attend the Brunei Bird Race 2019 – Race 3 Labi Edition.

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