Raptor Watch 2017

Every year, migratory raptors of Tanjung Tuan originate from North Asia, Northeastern Asia, Eastern Siberia, Kamchatka, Northeastern China, the Korean Peninsula and Japan where they breed. As the autumn season approaches (September), they will make the perilous journey south from their original country into continental South East Asia and its associated archipelago through the East Asian Flyway (migratory routes taken by raptors). From late January till March/April, they will once again make the same journey to their breeding grounds.

Realizing the importance of raptors and the uniqueness of the migration phenomenon, this event aims at highlighting the importance of conserving Tanjung Tuan as a raptor migration site/marine park/wildlife sanctuary and a key ecotourism site. The event is also an opportunity for birdwatchers to gather scientific information about the raptors which is vital to their survival in the future.

Raptor Watch was first held in 2000 and for the 16th consecutive year now, Raptor Watch is the biggest and the most important event for MNS and eco tourism in Malaysia. Its main objective is to conserve birds and their habitats and to educate the public on the importance of a most spectacular migratory phenomena that hits the shores of Peninsula Malaysia – the stopover of thousands of eagles, hawks and buzzards land here on their journey back home to Siberia, China, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, India and Indochina as winter draws to an end.

Five main species of migratory raptors will fly over from the Straits of Malacca, the Indonesian islands and rest, if necessary, at Tanjung Tuan before continuing their 12,000km journey back to their northern breeding grounds. The most numerous and regularly sighted species are:

– Oriental Honey-Buzzard, (Pernis ptilorhynchus)
– Black Baza (Aviceda leuphotes)
– Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipter gularis)
– Chinese Goshawk (Accipiter solensis)
– Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

RW also serves as a platform to create awareness on the need to protect Tanjung Tuan, as a coastal rainforest (and its adjacent mangrove areas) as a valuable natural resource.



Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/265706517192317/

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