Nov 21, 2010

The Oriental Honey Buzzard ( Pernis ptilorhyncus torquatus ) 55 - 65 cm

After having spent a good 45 minutes in a birding spot at Bkt Tinggi I decided it's time to check out other areas in this montane region, 3500 ft above sea level. And just as I turned I sensed a large shadow glide  towards a leafless tree in front of me. It decided to perch on one of the branches and at the same time the feathers on it's crown stood up when it caught a strong gust of wind blowing through the tree top. It was an Oriental Honey Buzzard! What luck!!! It perched on the same branch it landed for a good 15 minutes, allowing me time to quickly take a few quick shots before I moved to higher ground to get a clear view of this majestic raptor.

Here are photos to share.

Have a nice day! Cheers!


  1. Look like an Oriental Honey Buzzard torqatus race to me.

  2. Hi Terence, how are you doing? Busy with your Raptor monitoring project, I guess. Hey many thanks with the correct ID for this raptor. Do let me know the next time you are in town. Cheers!

  3. doing great. A little busy with raptor but still doing all right.
    By the way the scientific name is Pernis ptilorhyncus torqatus