The Taiping Bird Week event is a bird photography contest organised by the Taiping Municipal Council (MPT), which successfully highlighted photography talents and promoted sharing information among the local community.
The first Taiping Bird Week was held in 2017, and the second event was held from 1-7 October 2021. The response was overwhelming, especially from participants made up of nature lovers and bird lovers.
Taiping Bird Week 2021
Taiping Bird Week or TBW is a local tourism event that promotes a love for birds and nature. At the same time, it also encourages the same enthusiasm in the people’s minds, especially photography participants.
The birdwatching event was closed on 7 October 2021 by YB Dato Nolee Ashilin Binti Dato Mohammed Radzi, Chairman of the Housing, Local Government & Tourism Committee, Perak.
YB Dato ‘Nolee Ashilin also expressed the desire for the Taiping Bird Week tourism event to be made an annual tourism event in Taiping to further invigorate the tourism industry in Taiping through programs related to ‘Birds & Nature’.
One of the main reasons is because Taiping is endowed with beautiful terrain, rich in flora and fauna that can attract the presence of bird species and at the same time attract fans of bird watching activities to visit Taiping.
In 2021, many rare bird species became permanent residents of Taiping, especially at the Taman Tasik Taiping and Bukit Larut. Among the rare bird species are the Enggang Badak, Longtailed Parakeet, Cattle Egret and the Hudhud.
Taiping Bird Week Photography Winners
First Place Winner – Yoong Beng Wah from Simpang, Taiping
Prize: Sony Alpha A 6600 Mirrorless digital camera, E70- 355MM lens, a cash prize of RM1,000 and a certificate
Second Place Winner – Wee Gek Sim from Penang
Prize: RM750 and a certificate
Third Place Winner – Hee Chee San from Ipoh, Perak
Prize: RM500 and a certificate
10 Consolation Prizes of RM200 and Certificates
1. Haji Pungut bin Luntar
2. Hooi Kum Woh
3. Joshua Lim Meng Yew
4. Koay Zhong Ying
5. Kong Yoke Ying
6. Lee Hock An
7. Liow Chien Ying
8. Roslan bin Mohd Darus
9. Soo Kai Oon
10. Victor Loo
Taiping Bird Week Contest Photos
Below are random photos taken and shared from the official Taiping Bird Week Facebook Page and shared here for everyone.
Taiping Bird Week Organisers
The organisers for this event is the Taiping Municipal Council (MPT), in collaboration with Tourism Perak Management Berhad and the Natural Ecosystem Sustainability Organization (NEST).
You can also visit the Taiping Bird Week Facebook page for more information. For now, there is no official website dedicated to this event; therefore, you can also follow Bird Watching Asia for updates about this or other birdwatching events around Malaysia.
Suppose this birding event becomes a yearly event, we can see more participants for Taiping Bird Week 2022, considering that the Covid19 pandemic in Malaysia has become endemic, and people can slowly get back to normal.