Birding Activity in Kalaw
The monthly birding activities have been launched in different birding sites across Myanmar collaborated by MBNS and SST Tourism. Our vision is to give the environmental awareness to the local people and to produce new bird guides throughout Myanmar. And, these activities can attract the young generation as a good exercise.
This active birding activity was held in Kalaw from 26 October to 28 October, which is well-known as hill resort during Colonial time. Kalaw is also popular for birders since richness significant bird species and one of the best birding sites in Myanmar. Active birders from Yangon and inhabitants of place were being joined this activity especially keen observers from Taunggyi and Inle have participated.
On the first day, we went to Nant Thae village birding site to see special birds such as Spectacled Barwing, Slaty-breasted Rail and other 30 bird species. Tasty lunch was enjoyed at Myin Daik Train Station. Then, we move to Myin Ka village in the evening. A few interesting species include White-browed Laughingthrush were seen. And, gliding migrant Amur Falcons were unusual species of the region. Second day, we proceed to Ye Aye Kan reserve forest which is main water resource for the dwellers. Such highlight species Dark-backed Sibia, Mountain Bulbul, Flavescent Bulbul, Brown-breasted Bulbul, Rufous-bellied Niltiva and Crested Finchbill were great species for the day. On the last day, we headed to Kalaw ViewPoint which is very popular for nature trekkers because of its magnificent views. Along the way, we checked all the different habitats. Particularly, we spend for a few hours to view the key species Burmese Yuhina and Grey-headed Parrotbill. After our lunch at View Point, we choose different trail to go back to Kalaw. Our selected trail was completed with amazing landscapes fully with orange plantations, tea leaf plantations, avocado plantations and other various fruits and vegetables. Mainly, Black-throated Laughingthrush, Spot-breasted Parrotbill and Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler were found.
After three days birding activity in Kalaw area, over 60 bird species were successfully recorded by 20 young birders. Besides, knowledge and conservation awareness have been shared in the local birders enhance to the community.