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Rising 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range of Peninsular Malaysia is Fraser's Hill. Named after a solitary Scottish pioneer, James Fraser, who set up a tin-ore trading post in the 1890s, it actually consists of seven hills. Fraser's Hill is truly an idyllic place for one to rest and to escape from not only the heat and humidity but also the hustle and bustle of city life. It is perhaps the prettiest of the Malaysian Hill resorts.
get to Fraser's Hill from the Gap, one must go up a narrow, winding,
one-way road for 8 km. Traffic up and down is controlled by a gate
system with uphill traffic limited to odd hours, and downhill
traffic to even hours.
|One of the delights of a visit to
Fraser's Hill is to be able to explore the splendors of nature with
a trek through the many well-marked nature trails or tracks.
However, one has to be well-prepared in order to fully enjoy the
experience. A pair of good trekking shoes or a strong walking shoes,
a light waterproof jacket and a pair of binoculars for bird and
wildlife watching will do for a start. And of course it helps to
bring along a bird guide and a bottle of drinking water.
FRASER’S Hill is fast becoming known as a bird-watching haven.
This hill station in the Main Range on the Selangor-Pahang border is a bird watcher’s paradise, as it is said to have more than 200 species of local and migratory birds.
The event was jointly organised by the Pahang government’s tourism authority, Fraser’s Hill Development Corporation, Malaysian Nature Society and World Wildlife Fund for Nature.
The race required participants to sight, identify and record the birds.
According to Pahang Arts, Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Women’s Affairs committee chairman Datuk Maznah Mazlan, participants in the race did not need to be experts on birds.
“They just need an explanatory book on birds, a pair of binoculars and a torchlight and are ready to trek in the jungle to spot the birds,” said Maznah.
She said that Fraser’s Hill was chosen as it was known to have migratory and endangered species of birds.
The endangered species include the wreathed hornbill and rhinocerous hornbill.
Maznah said that migratory birds came from as far as northern Japan and Siberia and the hill resort was regarded as a stopover station, where they stayed for a few months before migrating southwards towards Australia and New Zealand.
“The birds will return here in March and April when it gets cold in the southern hemisphere,” she added.
Sultanah of Pahang Sultanah Kalsom presented the prizes during the closing ceremony.
The Prinias team comprising Wong Soon Ying, Ng Chee Cheong and Wong Ming Sun from Selangor emerged as champions in the advanced category by coming up with a list of 87 birds.
The Cutia team made up of Mohamad Bakar, Bala Supramaniam and Mohammad Zamri from Fraser’s Hill emerged second, while the One More Battle-Silver Eared Mesia team comprising Foo Yat Chin, Mohd Rafi Kudus and Angela Mary took third place.
In the novice category, Fauna UTM came in first, followed by Team SMO and The Juveniles.
In the student category, SM Ahmad of Pekan was first while SMK Datuk Mahmood Mat and SMK Pekan emerged second and third respectively.Originally published in The Star on