wind/temperature/barometer reading tool, count sheet and our respective binoculars in hand, we waited for the arrival of the migratory raptors. Andy had a scope which made it easier to spot the raptors when these were in flight, further away from the lighthouse. Whilst waiting for the Oriental Honey Buzzards, some of the forest birds and resident raptors kept us company and fully occupied:) These included......
Changeable Hawk Eagle. It flew above and around the lighthouse before perching on a dead branch high above the forest of Tanjung Tuan. Another picture of the CHE below:-
Leaf monkey with baby in golden coat greeted us when we arrived at the lighthouse that morning at 8am.
Pink-necked pigeons, a pair (pics below) were perched on tree facing the rocky waters of the Malacca Straits. Also heard bulbuls singing away in the thick foliage and trees. Can only catch a glimpse of them when they flew. Bulbuls had such rich, bubbly songs and all I could see were their brown and olive green bodies.
Thanks to Mark Ng for including me as part of the early March 2016 weekend count group. Thanks to Swee Seng for hosting the counters in Kin Villa. Seng had conducted a Raptor ID workshop earlier in February 2016, pointing out that the five (5) main migratory species were the Oriental Honey Buzzards, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Chinese Sparrowhawk/Goshawks, Grey-Faced Buzzards and Black Bazas. The next blog post will feature pictures of the Oriental Honey Buzzards and a resident Brahminy Kite.