Report and image by Lim Kim Chye
Period: Oct 9-15, 2010
The first few days of the third week were awesome … every day for 4 days raptors started arriving soon after “open shop” at 9.00 am and continued passing through almost non-stop until 5.00 pm!
Streams of Chinese Goshawks, in flocks of hundreds, even up to an amazing 500 birds, kept the volunteers on the job all day! On 12 October, 3091 raptors were counted but then the next day 13 October (not a Friday!), the nightmare happened……. a situation all raptor watch organizers hope they never have to face!
Volunteer Lee P.P. takes up the story and shares her experience of the raptor count in her forum here http://npss.org.sg/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6388
This week saw Chinese Goshawk numbers dwindling and Oriental Honey Buzzards taking over. The first Osprey of the season was photographed at Scott’s Hill. A total of 9,598 raptors were counted during Week 3, bringing the grand total to date to 33,078 raptors.