#RaptorWatch: What to Expect When You Go Bird-Watching in Tanjung Tuan, Port Dickson


Bird-watching, also known as birding, has become a popular activity in recent years. It is a hobby that requires patience, attention to detail, and a love for nature. One of the best places to go bird-watching in Malaysia is Tanjung Tuan, located in between Port Dickson and Melaka. This area is known for its diverse bird population and its annual Raptor Watch event. If you are planning on going bird-watching in Tanjung Tuan, here is what you can expect.


Location and Climate

Tanjung Tuan is located in the state of Negeri Sembilan, about 80 kilometres south of Kuala Lumpur. The area is a popular tourist destination and is easily accessible by car or public transport. The climate in Tanjung Tuan is tropical, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 32°C throughout the year. The best time to go bird-watching is between September and March when migratory birds visit the area.


Bird Species

Tanjung Tuan is home to a diverse range of bird species, including raptors, shorebirds, and songbirds. Some of the bird species you can expect to see in Tanjung Tuan include:

  1. Oriental Honey-buzzard – This bird of prey is a regular visitor to Tanjung Tuan during the migration season.
  2. Black Baza – Another bird of prey that migrates to Tanjung Tuan during the migration season.
  3. Blue-throated Bee-eater – A brightly coloured bird that is easy to spot due to its distinctive blue throat.
  4. Crimson Sunbird – This tiny bird is a common sight in Tanjung Tuan. It has a bright crimson colouration with a black head and wings.
  5. Black-naped Oriole – This striking bird has a yellow body, black head, and a distinctive black stripe running from the eye to the nape.
  6. Coppersmith Barbet – This small, plump bird is easily recognized by its green body, red forehead, and yellow throat.

These are just a few of the bird species you can expect to see in Tanjung Tuan. The area is also home to several species of eagles, falcons, and other birds of prey.


Raptor Watch Event

Raptor Watch seasonal event visual

The Raptor Watch event is an annual bird-watching event that takes place in Tanjung Tuan. The event is organised by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and is usually held in March. During the event, visitors can join guided bird-watching tours, attend talks and workshops, and participate in various other activities related to bird-watching.

The highlight of the Raptor Watch event is the migration of raptors, which usually takes place in late February or early March. During this time, thousands of raptors, including eagles, falcons, and hawks, pass through Tanjung Tuan on their way to their breeding grounds in the north. The sight of these birds of prey soaring through the sky is truly breathtaking and is a must-see for any bird-watching enthusiast.

The next Raptor Watch event will take place on 9th – 10th March 2024.

Tips for Bird-Watching in Tanjung Tuan

If you are planning on going bird-watching in Tanjung Tuan, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your experience:

  1. Bring binoculars – A good pair of binoculars is essential for bird-watching. They will help you to get a closer look at the birds without disturbing them.
  2. Wear comfortable clothing – The weather in Tanjung Tuan can be hot and humid, so it is important to wear comfortable, lightweight clothing. You should also wear comfortable shoes as you may be walking on uneven terrain.
  3. Be patient – Bird-watching requires patience and perseverance. Some birds may be difficult to spot, so be prepared.


Now, after a long day of birdwatching in Tanjung Tuan, you’ll want to relax and unwind in a comfortable and convenient accommodation nearby. At Villea Port Dickson, not only it is just a few minutes’ walk away from Tanjung Tuan, but also offers spacious rooms and complete amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

With its prime location, you can easily explore the beautiful beaches and other attractions of Port Dickson. So, book your stay at Villea Port Dickson today and experience the best of birdwatching and beach getaways all in one trip!

Image Sources:
1. Photo by Vincent M.A. Janssen: https://www.pexels.com/photo/close-up-shot-of-an-eagle-flying-8633157/
2. Photo by Amy Chung: https://www.pexels.com/photo/silhouette-of-bird-flying-672802/

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