Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 Tasek Merimbun Race 2

Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 Tasek Merimbun Race 2

The Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 Tasek Merimbun Race 2, which was the second series, took place from the 3rd to 4th of August 2019.

This initiative was done by the Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Primary Resources, along with the support from relevant government agencies, non-government organisations and private sectors.

For this second bird race in 2019, there was a total of 15 participants that took part with locals and also international birders.

Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 Tasek Merimbun Race 2

Brunei Bird Race Series Participants
Participants of the Brunei Bird Race Series Two at Tasek Merimbun. (Photo Brunei Bird Race FB)

The Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 is open for all fit individuals aged 12 years and above, birdwatchers; photographers and nature lovers who would like to try out bird watching photography here in Brunei Darussalam.

The Tasek Merimbun Edition of the BBRS 2019 is different from the first series of the Brunei Bird Race 2019 which only lasted for 4 hours.

The Tasek Merimbun edition was held over 2 days period and offers participants the experience of ‘night birdwatching’ at the Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park hiking trails.

Among the other check points or areas included in the bird race are Bukit Udal; Kiudang; Tanjung Maya and the Tutong River.

Tasek Merimbun Brunei
The serene natural landscapes of Tasek Merimbun. Photo Wikipedia.

Where is Tasek Merimbun? 

Tasik Meriumbun is the largest natural lake in Brunei and the lake is located near Mukim Rambai in the Tutong District, which is about 70 km from the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan.

From Tuton town, the lake is 27 km away and one prominent feature is that the lake is S-shaped, and it is surrounded by the 7800-hectare Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park.

Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park
The natural beauty of Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park. Photo by Sutera

When is the Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 – Tasek Merimbun?

The flag-off event was held at Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park on Saturday, 3rd August 2019; 2:00 pm by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Ali Bin Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism; as the invited guest of honor to the event.

The bird race finished around 10:30 am the next day, Sunday, 4th August 2019 with the final submission of bird species photographs by participants at the closing registration table at The Lanes Hotel, Pekan Tutong in Brunei.

Wonderfull prizes related to the birdwatching activity went to the bird watcher with the most number of bird species spotted and photographed within the competition area and time given.

How to Join the Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 – Tasek Merimbun?

For those interested in joining, further details on participation can be obtained via Facebook: Brunei Bird Race and IG: brunebirdraceseries

The Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Primary Resources with the support from relevant government agencies, non-government organisations and private sectors are involved for the Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 Tasek Merimbun Race 2.

Tasek Merimbun Bird Race
One of the beautiful birds photograqphed at Tasek Merimbun by Kem Sim.

Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 – Champion Bird List

Tasek Merimbun Edition Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 Champion Bird list:

1. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
2. Cream Vented Bulbul
3. Chestnut Breasted Malkoha
4. Hill Myna
5. Black and Yellow Broadbill
6. Black Headed Bulbul
7. Blue Throated Bee Eater
8. Red Eyed Bulbul
9. Little Green Pigeon
10. Dusky Munia (Endemic)
11. Asian Glossy Starling
12. Brown Throated Sunbird
13. Boobook
14. Barred Eagle Owl
15. Purple Heron
16. White Breasted Swallow
17. Rooster 18. Zebra Dove
19. Pink Necked Pigeon
20. Cinnamon Headed Pigeon
21. Pacific Swallow
22. Pied Hornbill
23. Green Imperial Pigeon
24. Dollar Bird
25. Yellow Vented Bulbul
26. White Breasted Water Hen
27. Plain Sunbird
28. Prinia
29. Changeable Hawk Eagle
30. Brahminy Kite
31. Cattle Egret
32. Collared Kingfisher
33. Common Myna
34. Feral Pigeon

Winners Brunei Bird Race Series 2 Tasek Merimbun
Winners and organizers of the Brunei Bird Race Series 2 Tasek Merimbun.

Conclusion

The Brunei Bird Race Series 2019 Tasek Merimbun Race 2 was held at Tasek Merimbun and was a success. Now eager bird watchers are patiently awaiting the third race which will take place in Labi, Belait in early October 2019.

For anyone who is interested in joining the next race or has other questions about the Brunei Bird Race Series, please contact the organisers as mentioned earlier in this article.

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