Words and images by Dr. Amar-Singh HSS
Had a busy weekend in Kuala Lumpur but took my camera to try my luck for migrating raptors (often see then along the highway). On the way back, at 4.58pm, my wife (who was driving at the time) spotted two Ospreys. We pulled over just in time for me to get some pictures in the dark, post rain evening.
Large wing span and were travelling together, one leading (possible
male) an done following (possible female with broader beast band).
Pictures attached as record shots.
Species: Osprey Pandion haliaetus haliaetus – adults in migration
Location: Near Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 24th October 2010
Equipment: Nikon D90 SLR with Sigma AF OS Zoom 150-500mm, handheld.
Wells (1999) notes that Osprey are “typically solitary even when
migrating, but records exist of two, in a few cases three ….”
Decandido et al, Raptor migration in Thailand. Birding ASIA 10
(2008):16–22 states “Since 2005, the Thai Raptor Group has conducted Radar Hill’s raptor watch every Saturday and Sunday from mid-September to mid-November. Data have been collected for 21 species of raptor migrants. …Recorded rarities are Osprey Pandion haliaetus ….”
“Ospreys are common migrants in the Americas, but uncommon on passage in the Middle East. In Thailand, Ospreys are rare migrants (approx. 25/season) in spring and autumn.”
Singapore Raptors Report – Autumn Migration, November 2008 noted 11 Osprey.
Summary Report on the Raptor Migration in Singapore from Autumn 2007 to Spring 2008, Compiled by: Alan OwYong note “Both the Ospreys and Peregrine Falcons seemed to be wintering here as their numbers were pretty the same, averaging 5 throughout the six months”