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10 April 2011

Hanoi raptor passage 10/4/11

Late afternoon there was some good raptor passage over Truc Bach Lake:
Oriental Honey Buzzard 1
Amur Falcon 14
Grey-faced Buzzard 3
Peregrine Falcon 1
Chinese Sparrowhawk 2

Also 1 Purple Heron, 3 Grey-headed Greenfinches and good numbers of hirundines and wagtails.



  1. That`s great ! Amur Falcons here !
    Simon, from where did you spot all this stuff ? From the ground or from the twentieth floor of the Sofitel Plaza ?
    Were they flying high ? I mean do you think it`s possible to take decent pics ?


  2. Hey Sebastian,

    Over the last few years I've found that in the late afternoon in migration season the raptors which have been passing over too high to even be seen come quite a bit lower. All the same, photos would be poor. I saw them all from my balcony, but the roof of the sofitel plaza hotel would be even better (though I wouldn't be able to count them on the house list if I saw them from there!).


  3. Ok thanks Simon
    You are very lucky, from my balcony my only tick is Common Tailorbird :`(