After sucessfully running the 32nd Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race 2019, the winners were announced on the 23rd June at around 4.00 PM. This event was held at the main town center just by the Fraser’s Hill clock tower.
While the announcement was made for the winners, the weather suddenly changed and rained. Though particpants and visitors ran for cover, the announcement continued.
Well, Malaysia is a tropical country and often, it can rain unexpectedly, hence it is always wise to be prepared when you are bird watching here.
Fraser’s Hill Bird Race 2019 Team Information
In total, there were 96 teams that took part for this years international bird race. It was also held from 22nd to 23rd June in the Fraser’s Hill vicinity.
Particpants were broken into various categories with international teams, local teams and student teams. They are;
- International: 15 teams
- Domestic: 30 teams
- Students: 51 Teams
The bird race was also broken up into various categories which were;
- Advance Category
- Novice Category
- Student Category
Fraser’s Hill Bird Race 2019 Results
Below is a list of the winners for the 32nd Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race in all categories. Bird Watching Asia would also like to congratulate the Sabah team for taking the overall grand prize. Well done team Sabah!
Advance Category Winners
- Champion 2019 – Team Flycatchers – 79 species (Sabah, Malaysia)
- 2nd Place – Team Falcon – 71 species (Cambodia)
- 3rd Place – Team Taman Negara Flycatcher – 61 species (Pahang, Malaysia)
- 4th Place – Team Whitehead’s Broadbill – 59 species
- 5th Place – Team Oriental Magpie Robin’s Friend – 56 species
- 6th Place – Team Monarch 3 – 55 species
- 7th Place – Team Bornean Bristlehead – 55 Species (Sabah, Malaysia)
Novice Category Winners
- Champion 2019 – Team Burung Pungguk – 47 species
- 2nd Place – Team Wings of Johor – 46 species
- 3rd Place – Team KKB Raptor – 45 species
- 4th Place – Team TNYB Eyes Bird – 35 species
- 5th Place – Team Paradise Flycatcher – 32 species
- 6th Place – Team WINX – 28 species
- 7th Place – Team TNYB King Bird – 28 species
Student Category Winners
- Champion 2019 – Team SK Bukit Fraser – 53 species
- 2nd Place – Team The King of Kang Kung (SMK Mahmud Raub) – 37 species
- 3rd Place – Team SJKT Ladang Teluk Buloh Hutan Melintang, Perak – 34 species
- 4th Place – Team Angry Birds – 30 species
- 5th Place – Team Hero of the Birds (SK Bukit Kuantan, Pahang) – 26 species
- 6th Place – Team Lion (SK Bukit Fraser) – 26 species
- 7th Place – Team Silver-eared Mesia – 26 species
Fraser’s Hill Bird Photography Contest 2019 Winners
- Champion 2019 – Mr. Ng Choy Loi – Streaked Spider Hunter
- 2nd Place – Mr. Jamil Mat Isa – Sultan Tit
- 3rd Place – Ms. Wee Gek Sim – Mountain Tailorbird
- 4th Place – Mr. Francis Ham – Orange Bellied Leafbird
- 5th Place – Mr. Hafiz Ikhlas – Mountian Imperial Pigeon
International Bird Race Teams
This years Fraser’s Hill Bird Race saw a total of 12 countries particpating, which is the highest number of international particpants to date. The countries that took part are;
- The Philippines
- Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Costa Rica
Arbitrators for the 32nd Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race 2019
The arbitrators this year included five prominant people from the birding industry of Malaysia. They are;
- Mr. Allen Jeyarajasingam (Head Arbitrator)
- Mr. Henry Goh (Vice Chairman, SE Asian Region – BirdLife International Asia Council)
- Mr. Kanda Kumar
- Mr. Sanadurai Katar Singh (Durai)
- Mr. Zulkifli Razak
Sponsors for the Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race 2019
As every year, there are various sponsors for the bird race here and for the 32nd bird race, the sponsors are;
- Swarovski Optics
- Boh Plantations
- Zoo Melaka
- Danz Travel & Adventure
- Skylum USA
Final Thoughts on the Fraser’s Hill Bird Race Results
As this has been a whopping 32 years that the bird race has been held here, it also set a record for the number of teams that took part.
96 teams took part, comprising of international, domestic and students which of course is the new record for the Fraser’s Hill Bird Race.
With th success of this years race, the organisers are hoping that for the Fraser’s Hill Bird Race 2020, the number of teams will surpass the 100 mark.
Finally, I have to say that this year the weather was not really in favour for many of the birders, but again it was all good birding fun.
And most importantly, birders, photographers and visitors including myself had a great time exploring Fraser’s Hill, and for me, it was a pleasure meeting and talking to the particpants. I hope to see you all next year for the 33rd Fraser’s hill International Bird Race.