BIRDWATCHERS’ HAVEN: Recent visit made by members of Johor Malaysian Nature Society
KOTA TINGGI: THE Johor Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) recently organised a trip for members and nature lovers to the Panti Bird Sanctuary here.
The event's organising chairman, Andy Foo, said the sanctuary has more than 300 of the 656 species of birds known in Malaysia.
Among the bird species found here included the Chestnut-bellied Malkoha, the Dusky Broadbill, the Black-shouldered Kite and Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker.
The sanctuary, which is nestled along the way to Mersing, is a secondary tropical rainforest which offers a wealth of biodiversity resources.
Bird-lovers and photography buffs come here from as far as Johor Baru and Singapore.
"On weekends and public holidays, one will see the birdwatchers from Singapore flocking to the sanctuary, patiently waiting to take snaps of the birds with their cameras," said Foo.
John Seow, 44, an IT consultant from Ulu Tiram and MNS member, has been a birdwatcher for several years now.
"My love for photographing birds started only recently. I found it very challenging to photograph birds," he said.
Seow brought along his sons, 12-year-old Hong Wei and eight-year-old Hong Yee, for the trip as he wanted to inculcate a love for nature in the boys.
Besides birdwatching, visitors allso enjoyed jungle-trekking.
The sanctuary is open from 7am to 6pm and admission is free.
For camping activities, one will have to call the Johor State Forestry Department at 07-224 3048.