Is it a Plane, is it Superman? No, it’s a Bird!


These enthusiasts seek out birds to photograph, paint or just document.

Being an island blessed with a 130-million-year-old pristine rainforest, Penang is a haven for nature enthusiasts. But beyond weekend hikers and hobby anglers there is a group of amateurs and professionals who seek out wild birds, simply for the pleasure of observing them in their natural environment. These are the Birders.

Local Pioneers

Kanda Kumar is a pioneer birdwatcher in Penang. He has been birding since his school days and began documenting bird data for the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) in 1971. He led the MNS Penang Bird Group and initiated the MNS Bird Conservation Council which he then headed for five years. Despite this track record he regards himself as merely an amateur, albeit a passionate and enthusiastic one.

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