Bird watching sites in Terengganu – Tanjung Mentong (Taman Negara) & Setiu Wetlands. There are opportunities to visit bird watching areas at strategic areas around Lake Kenyir with more than 350 bird species have been spotted.
TANJUNG MENTONG (Tasik Kenyir) – TAMAN NEGARA
Tanjung Mentong is the gateway to the Taman Negara section in Terengganu. Visitors enter the park via the Gawi and Jenagor jetties where there are boats to take them toTanjung Mentong, To get there, you have to travel across Lake Kenyir, the biggest man-made lake in Malaysia. The town located nearest to this entry point is Kuala Berang. More than 350 bird species have been spotted in Taman Negara and most of these birds can be found in the lowland and hill forests of Tanjung Mentong and its surrounding areas. Similar to those found in Taman Negara at Kuala Tahan, these fascinating tropical birds include raptors, pheasants, partridges, pigeons, cuckoos, hornbills, trogons, kingflshers, woodpeckers, broadbills, drongos, pittas, babblers, minivets, bulbuls, flowerpeckers, sunbirds and spiderhunters. Birds can be observed when cruising by boat along the fringes of the rainforest in the park. There are opportunities to visit other bird watching areas around the other resorts located at strategic areas around Lake Kenyir. Prior arrangements should be made with the park authorities, if you wish to visit other bird watching areas around Lake Kenyir.
Department of Wildlife & National Parks – Kuala Terengganu
Tel: +609 – 622 1460
The Setiu Wetlands is a part of the Setiu river basin, in the large Setiu-Chalok-Bari-Merang basin wetland complex. Situated about 60km north of Terengganu, it is listed as an important wetland area in the Malaysian Wetland Directory. The wetlands cover an area of about 23,000ha, between Kampung Raja in the north and Batu Rakit in the south. Habitats here are diverse, consisting of a unique mosaic riverine forest, melaleuca swamp forest, peat swamp forest, brackish water lagoons with vegetated sand islands, mangrove forest, sea grass beds and sandy beaches. The World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF Malaysia) is currently working on the conservation of Setiu Wetlands. Although less visited by bird watchers, the Setiu Wetlands has a rich bird life, with about 160 bird species – the globally threatened species the Lesser Adjutant Stork and 16 internationally near threatened species including the Malaysian Plover as well as the Rhinoceros and Black Horn bill. Apart from being a bird watching destination, its riverbanks, sandy beaches and sand islands are also important breeding sites for the endangered Painted Terrapin and Green Turtle. Bird watching trips to Setiu Wetlands are best organised through travel agents in Kuala Terengganu.