Raptor Watch is more than just an event, but it will always be about the activity of monitoring the raptor migration. Our team of dedicated volunteers and staff have been watching the skies and recording crucial data to feed into our research, understanding and knowledge of the numbers,distribution and species involved in this great exodus, for more than 20 years.
This year’s raptor counting start from 23 February 2019 to 17 March 2019. This is made possible, thanks again to the leadership and spirit of our Raptor Study Group of the MNS Bird Conservation Council and members of the Selangor Branch Bird Group. However, the challenge lay in the securing of funds needed to support this research, and the available volunteers that were willing to spend their time up at the lighthouse counting raptors. Other challenges included the haze conditions that impeded the view as well as prevented the raptors from flying across. Although it’s not possible for us to draw conclusions from the data received to date, it is noted with concern that the numbers of raptors counted seem to far from the spectacular counts recorded in the early 70’s, and seems to be on a worrying downward trend.
Raptor Count 2018
Oriental Honey-Buzzard – 26011 , Chinese Goshawk – 4, Japanese Sparrowhawk – 8, Grey-faced Buzzard-69, Black Baza- 43, Peregrine Falcon – 4, Osprey- 1, Booted Eagle -1
Raptor Count 2019
|Sunday – 24/2/2019||oriental honey buzzard – 665|
|Monday – 25/2/2019||oriental honey buzzard -790, Japanese sparrowhawk – 3|
|Tuesday -26/2/2019||oriental honey buzzard – 210|
|Wednesday -27/2/2019||oriental honey buzzard – 1,759 and 1 gray-faced buzzard|
|Thursday -28/2/2019||oriental honey buzzard 477, gray-faced 24 and osprey 1|
|Saturday – 9/3/2019||Oriental Honey-Buzzard 1,417, Chinese Goshawk 2, Japanese Sparrowhawk 3 , Grey-Faced Buzzard 8|