| Fadhil Yunus |
BRUNEI’S pristine forests, especially theTasek Lama Recreational Park and Ulu-Ulu Temburong National Park, have been identified as the main destinations for bird-watching activities in both the Sultanate and the whole of Borneo.
Mohd Vol Hj Momin, Borneo Bird Race’s Brunei Race Director as well as Cede Prudente, Chairman of Borneo Bird Race, highlighted this in their separate remarks during the closing dinner and prize presentation for the 2nd Borneo Bird Race 2014 at the Rizqun International Hotel.
Presenting the trophies to the winners was the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar.
“Ulu-Ulu Temburong is an important bird-watching a destination,” Cede Prudente said, citing that more than 60 species have been identified by a local photography society which helps to create awareness and promote the tourism sector through bird-watching activities.
Cede also said that the Borneo Bird Race travelled to three states in the Borneo region, and looked at birds at various forests, lowlands and mangroves.
Some of the bird species that have flown in to Brunei have been considered rare and uncommon in these parts of Borneo as some of them originate from the locations in the northern hemisphere, Cede said.
Meanwhile, a press release by Brunei Tourism stated that the Bird Race highlighted the huge potential to make bird watching a tourist attraction in the Sultanate. The spin-off of the event should be seized by tour operators and other stakeholders in the form of specialised tour packages and relevant logistical tour arrangements, the release added.
During the prize presentation event, the Wild Bird Society of Japan was announced as winner of the Borneo Bird Race and was awarded the highly prestigious Bornean Bristlehead Cup.
The Wild Bird Society of Japan had earlier won the Brunei leg.
The announcement of the overall result came after taking into account the scores of the Sabah and Sarawak leg winners, namely Wild Bird Society Thailand and the Pahlawan Ornithological Society of the Philippines.