September 27, 2012

Thailand site boasts raptors and more

Premier migration hostpot in Asia

Blue-tailed Bee-eater photo taken by Robert DeCandido, Ph.D.

Khao Dinsor, Thailand: Visit the Khao Dinsor Page to learn more
As of September 25, 2012, counters at Khao Dinsor, Thailand had recorded 42,910 raptor migrants including 33,500 Chinese Sparrowhawks. While this site records 25 species of raptors, many other migrants pass as well, including three species of bee-eaters. For example, it is possible to see 500 to 1,000 Blue-tailed Bee-eaters in one day, making Khao Dinsor one of the best places in the world to watch and study the migration of this species.

About the Blue-tailed Bee-eater
This non-raptor migrant travels in noisy flocks and acts similar to a dolphin as it cavorts about. If a Japanese Sparrowhawk should appear, bee-eaters will sound an alarm call, circle up and continue on. Last year more than 20,000 Blue-tailed Bee-eaters were recorded at Khao Dinsor, the peak of migration taking place during October.
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