Executive summary by Darmansjah
Tanjung Tuan, or Cape Rachado, on the west coast of Malaysia is a strategic place for bird watching activities during the migration season. To raise awareness of raptors (birds of prey) and their habitats, the Malaysian Nature Society organizes an annual Raptor Watch Weekend (mnsrw2012.wordpress.com) in March, with this year’s falling on 10 and 11 March. A family-friendly event, the Raptor Watch Weekend of Tanjung Tuan is where you can catch sight of kites, eagles, hawks, buzzards, and ospreys.
Due to its prime location, Tanjung Tuan, one of the state’s last coastal forest areas, has been targeted by developers. The Raptor Watch Weekend has been integral in the continued conservation of this precious piece of real estate, which presently provides an important resting point for migratory birds.
if you are driving from Singapore, head up the North-South Highway and exit at the Seremban or Port Dickson exit. From here it’s a short drive to the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve. You can also take a bus from Pudu Sentral bus station in Kuala Lumpur to Port Dickson which leaves every hour.
Right on the edge of Cape Rachado and overlooking the straits of Melaka is PNB.
Right on the edge of Cape Rachado and overlooking the straits of Melaka is PNB Ilham Resort. The resort offers 65 rooms and apartments and its proximity to the event makes it an ideal place to call home for the weekend (from US$100; ilhamresort.com).