Roll up! It’s Time to Watch Raptor Migration

More than 20 supporters of ProFauna Indonesia reveled in watching hundreds of migratory raptors (eagles) passing the skies above Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, last Saturday and Sunday (19-20 October 2013). With binocular and monocular telescopes, as well as cameras, they observed the surrounding skies while waited for the arrival of the 'guests' coming from Japan and China. Raptor species found in the observation spot were Javan Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus bartelsi), Changeable Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus), Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malayensis), Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela), Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptylorhynchus), and Japanese Goshawk (Accipiter gularis)

The number of raptors observed was not just one or two, but hundreds! There were more than 50 Japanese Sparrowhawks, and at least 12 of Oriental Honey Buzzards. The huge number of raptors lifts the enthusiasm of ProFauna's Supporters, because for most of them this was the first time they see such amazing annual phenomenon. Made Astuti, a birdwatcher from ProFauna, said "The phenomenon of raptor migration passing Indonesia usually takes place between October and December because they are looking for a warmer regions at that period."

Not only in this place, other supporters of ProFauna also conduct observations in different spots around East Java such as in Gunung Banyak, Plampang Probolinggo, Coban Pelangi waterfall, and Jarak Ijo. ProFauna has been watching raptor migrations since 1999, many thanks to our supporters!

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