by Nick Upton

2006 Raptor Watch "A Success"

A total of 56,988 migating raptors were counted over the weekend of 30th September to 1st October. Nine species of migratory raptors were identified: Chinese Sparrowhawk, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Osprey, Black Kite, Eastern Marsh Harrie, Pied Harrier, Common Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon. For full details see the Thai Raptor Group's website.

2006 Thailand Raptor Watch Festival & Weekend Hawkwatch

This autumn the Thai Raptor Group are holding two raptor watch activities to observe the southerly migration of raptors as they come through the Isthmus of Kra bottleneck:

  • Thayang Municipal Adminitration, Chumporn Province and Thai Raptor Group (TRG) are the joint co-ordinators of the 2006 Thailand Raptor Watch Festival, to be held on the weekend of September 30 - October 1 in Chumporn Province, southern Thailand. The count will continue throughout the whole of October led by the principal counter, Mr. Chukiart Nualsri. Birders who are interested in the raptor watch at the Chumporn site are encouraged to join and may contact Mr. Chukiart at

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  • The Thailand Weekend Hawkwatch at Radar Hill, Prachuab Kirikhun Province, will be a weekly raptor watch and count which will take place on the weekends from September 23 to October 31, except on the weekend of Raptor Watch Festival; the weekend hawkwatch will be organized for October 2-3 that week so that the two events do not clash. For those who wish to join the watch at Radar Hill, please contact Chaiyan Kasorndorkbua at or

More information regarding these activities can be found on the Thai Raptor Group's website; Thai Raptor Group.

The count results of the 2005 autumn migration at Radar Hill is summarized in the "Raptor Count Archives" section in the following link; Raptor Count 2005.

Information kindly supplied by Chaiyan Kasorndorkbua
Bangkok, Thailand,

  Oriental Honey-buzzard
(Photo by Suppalak Klabdee)
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