Monday, March 12, 2012


Yesterday I had to drive up to Lampang to collect two of my wife's grandchildren, we left early morning arriving just after lunch, possibly as a result of low cloud and unseasonal rain keeping birds of prey low I was surprised at the number of raptors I saw on the drive up. The following were noted:

Oriental Honey Buzzard: one near Khampeang Phet and two Thoen
Black Baza: 15 which appeared to be heading north, just north of Tak
Black Kite:  three Nakon Sawan
Osprey: one over Chaopaya River Chai Nat
Eastern Marsh Harrier: one Suphanburi
Shikra: at least eight at various sites
Grey Eyed Buzzard: one near Tak
Rufous-winged Buzzard: one north of Tak and another two near Lampang
Black-shouldered Kite: several
Kestrel: one Nakhon Sawan.

By contrast the drive back this morning in bright sunny conditions only produced several Black-shouldered Kites.

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