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BirdLife through a Lens

12 Jun 2007

An international competition to gather photos of all of the world’s 189 Critically Endangered birds has begun. Birdwatchers that may have captured one or more of these rare birds on camera are being asked to submit their best photos for use in the upcoming Rare Birds Yearbook, being published in association with BirdLife International.

As well as a comprehensive directory of all of the world’s Critically Endangered birds, Rare Birds Yearbook (released October 2007) will have a number of specially written feature articles on issues relating to threatened birds, such as migration, rare bird sites and taxonomy.

“Photographs of birds have a way of generating a sense of appreciation for our living world; their colours, diversity and behaviour always manages to capture one's attention. Photography has also clearly played a role in successful conservation initiatives globally” – Yeap Chin Aik, Head of Conservation, MNS.

Photos are to be a crucial ingredient of the book: “Encounters with the planet’s most threatened birds are often fleeting, and photos can be just as rare,” said Ade Long, BirdLife’s Head of Communications. “Yet photos play an important part in raising awareness of their plight and this is a key reason for publishing the Rare Birds Yearbook.”

“Who better to take up this photo challenge than the BirdLife Partnership and its two million supporters!”— Ade Long, Head of Communication, BirdLife International.

Winners will have their photos published in the book, and will be in with a chance of getting their hands on a number of prizes including binoculars, a pocket weather station and copies of BirdLife’s ‘Threatened Birds of the World’

Malaysia has five Critically Endangered Birds:
- Christmas Island Frigatebird
- White-rumped Vulture (Extinct in Malaysia)
- Long-billed Vulture (Extinct in Malaysia)
- Chinese Crested Tern
- Silvery Pigeon
More information on these is available in the Checklist of the Birds of Malaysia or the  Malaysian IBA Directory.

Budding rare bird photographers have until 15 July 2007 to submit their photos.

For details of Rare Birds Yearbook, information on submitting photos and a full list of Critically Endangered species, visit:


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