The beautiful island of Langkawi got its name from the combination of 'lang' & 'kawi'. 'Lang' from the Malay word helang meaning eagle & 'kawi' from Sanskrit meaning marble.
We got a not so subtle reminder of the origin of Langkawi as soon as we arrived at the jetty. Beside the jetty stood a gigantic eagle looking out towards the sea, ready to take flight.
Aside from the monument, we did not see any real eagles as we went round the island in our rent Proton Saga.
We even took a cable car ride up Gunung Mat Cincang but at 710 meters above sea level those eagles are still nowhere to be seen! How odd.
That is until we took an island hopping tour. One of the highlights of the tour was eagle feeding. For that we need to take a bumpy speedboat ride to the nearby island of Pulau Singa Besar.
However before we set off, I am keeping my expectations real low.
I was expecting eagle feeding to be like a wait & see kind of thing. Throw some meat into the water & wait patiently for some eagles to swoop down on it. If it's your lucky day maybe you will see a few.
As we approached the island, the operator switched off the engine & let us drift slowly to the feeding location. And I quickly realised it was not like what I had imagined.
There were easily over a hundred reddish brown eagles swirling in the sky above us. It was quite a sight.
Then, the operator took out some chicken skin & threw it into the sea. The eagles need no invitation as we watched them swoop down majestically for their food.
Two other boats carrying tourist are doing the same thing too. The eagles over there are so spoiled. No need to hunt for food ^~^
And at last, I found the elusive eagles of Langkawi.