Group photo of the delegates representing their Bird Societies and Clubs. Photo: ABF.
The Nature Society (Singapore) hosted the 6th Asian Bird Fair at the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Botany Center over the weekend. The fair was declared opened by the Guest of Honor Senior Minister of State for National Development and Home Affairs Mr. Desmond Lee. 22 bird clubs, societies and affiliates came down to promote their country’s natural attractions and bird watching activities.
The start of the Mini Bird Race flagged off by Wing Chong the Chair of the Bird Group.
The Nature Society organised a series of nature walks for the public around the grounds of the Botanic Gardens to highlight this year Fair’s theme: “For People, For Nature, For Future”. The main event for Sunday was the Mini Bird Race for the delegates to see which team spotted the most number of bird species within 90 mins. We had two days of slide talks where the delegates presented snap shots of the bird life and nature conservation in their respective country.
The crooners from the Nature Society (Singapore) getting the sing along started at the Fellowship Dinner. Photo by Mike Lu.
After the fair the delegates let their hair down with a sing along at the Fellowship dinner hosted by the NSS. The Crimson Sunbird was named as the National Bird of Singapore at the dinner based on a public vote in 2002. The Turnover Dinner on Sunday was more formal where Andrew Sebastian of the ABF announced that the Jingshan County Birdwatching Association will be next host for the 7th ABF in November 2016. Our congratulations to Jingshan.
Our honored guests from the Jingshan County Birdwatching Association and Cun Cao Xin Rural Environment Protection Agency.
12 delegates stayed back for a post birding tour led by Lim Kim Keang. They visited P. Ubin, Sungei Buloh, the Central Catchment Forest, Pasir Ris Park and Bidadari. The Spotted Wood Owl at Pasir Ris Park was the star bird for the tour.
Thanks to the clear skies and the hard work put in by the organising committee of the Society and the Bird Group headed by Willie Foo, the Fair was a great success judging from the compliments received from the delegates.
The Nature Society (Singapore) wish to thank The National Parks Board for the use of the Botany Center for the Fair, The Lee Foundation for their generous donation, The Public Utilities Board, Leica Camera Asia Pacific and Swarovski Optics for their sponsorship and support. Till we meet again in 2016.
Alex Tiongco and friends from the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.