Report and image by Lim Kim Chye
Period: Oct 16-22, 2010
There was a dip in the number of raptors tallied during Week 4, with only 1,708 raptors recorded, the lowest weekly count so far. The total to date stands at 34,786 raptors.
It was a slow week but a few interesting raptors came by including a Peregrine Falcon and an unidentified buzzard and harrier. The volunteers were not bored though as at this time of the year, for unknown reasons, resident raptors are seen more often…… protecting territories from passing migrant raptors?
Since the start of the count, Brahminy Kite, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle and White-bellied Sea Eagle have been seen almost daily. There have also been one or two sightings of Crested Goshawk, Grey-headed Fish-Eagle and Black-thighed Falconet.
The presence of these raptors make counting all the more challenging as one has to know which are the migrants. Add in other passing migrants such as swifts, swallows and bee-eaters which, by their general similarity in size and shape to the accipiters, can be confused with these small raptors, and you have an idea of the determination, skill and slight craziness of these volunteers!