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Raptor Watch 2018 - An Exhilarating Experience

Once a upon the time, you can find numerous birding couples in this region who like to watch raptors. Some are still quietly active while some new ones are also emerging. There are many reasons for one to watch birds of prey. It could be due to their magnificent and highly variably under wing patterns or perhaps it could be due to their majestic appearance as well as fascinating behaviour. Some ornithologist even spent their entire life to study solely on raptors. At the end of this post you might understand just why.
Here are some of the birds of prey which were spotted in Peninsular Malaysia from Dec 2017 to March 2018. Majority of them were Oriental Honey Buzzards as expected. This should be an Oriental Honey Buzzard (OHB), soaring upwards in a truly raptor like way.

My personal opinion: Dark wings tips and narrow tail bands points it to a juvenile. While pale face and narrow trailing edge bands points it to a female.

This is most likely a migrant orientalis which reported to migrat…