Report and image by Lim Kim Chye
Period: Nov 13-21th, 2010
The last stretch of the Taiping Raptor Count 2010, over 9 days, saw a big dip in raptors counted, with only 733 tallied, compared to more than 11,000 raptors the previous week.
This was expected as the bulk of migrant raptors would have already passed Taiping and would be well on their way to wintering grounds further south, in Indonesia.
Surprisingly, Oriental Honey Buzzards outnumbered Black Bazas, with a late surge in arrivals when about 200 passed through over the last 3 days. Several interesting raptors including Rufous-bellied Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Osprey were the highlights of the week. The final total for the marathon 58 days of monitoring effort was 63,418 raptors of at least 10 species.
Although the count has officially ended, migration is expected to continue, perhaps till early or mid December. Volunteers were Nurul Salmi, Lim Aun Tiah, Terence Ang, Maureen Lua, Hakim Saharudin, Lim Swee Yian and Lim Kim Chye.