Raptors at Pangrango

Last saturday I went to  Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park with my birding companion, Tri Susanti.

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After a hiking of 3 hours (to many birds to discover!) we reached the Swamp (a forest clearing with head-high grass and a well known place in here).

Soon as we arrived we detect an adult Crested Serpent-eagle Spilornis cheela soaring.

Then displayed in flight (diving followed by an ascent flight with raised wings, beating them for a few seconds in that position, performed a few times).

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We were still talking about this behaviour when a male Javan Hawk-eagle Nisaetus bartelsi (we weren’t able to tell the age of this bird), also started to display above (diving followed by an ascent flight and then gliding, also a few times).

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After that a juvenile male Javan Hawk-eagle was seen interacting with an adult female, disappearing behind the canopy.

young_femaleTo end a Spotted Kestrel Falco moluccensis flew overhead with a small lizard as prey…

moluccensisI know, crappy pictures! Very light sky and impossible to get better… but you get the idea.

(E-bird list here)

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