Until Nov 6, the annual raptor-watching festival is being held on Khao Radar Mountain in Bang Saphan Noi district, Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
The event is aimed at boosting people’s understanding of birds of prey and raising public awareness of the importance of environmental protection.
Every year when winter descends on the northern hemisphere, birds of prey flee the cold and head for warmer climes. Many fly 2,000-4,000km from Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan or Russia to the south of Thailand and towards Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines via the Malay Peninsula.
In October, thousands of migrating raptors, such as the Chinese goshawk, Japanese goshawk, grey-faced buzzard, oriental honey buzzard and black baza, fly across Khao Radar, providing a great opportunity for enthusiasts to study and count these birds. The best times for raptor-watching are 7-11am and 2-5pm.
Visit www.BirdsofThailand.org or call Prapin Buasong, an officer on Khao Radar, on 086-165-1352, or TAT’s Prachuap Khiri Khan Office on 032-513-885.