Conservation Status: Least ConcernBy Ali Bernie Buga-ay / Editor
The Shikra is also called the Little Banded Goshawk is a small bird of prey in the Accipitridae with two note call; flaps and glides to create flight. It is found in forested habitats, farmlands and even urban areas.
They feed on smaller birds, squirrels, small reptiles, and insects. The name Shikra is a from an Urdu word, Shikari; meaning, hunter. This bird of prey has been a favourite of falconers since it is an easy to train and handle.
I am lucky to have this found at Namtok Samlan National Park in which it was the forst time for me to have seen it there. It was a complete joy of a find. Though I have discovered some more raptors making this small national park as a migratory habitat, this has been a great find for me. I have to discover more and I have been convinced now that this national park has more for me to discover not only in the birds line.
Namtok Samlan National Park, Saraburi, Thailand
September 12, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Fotopro TS-85C | Nitecore UNK1
"and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky"
The quest for the exquisite birds at Kaeng Krachan National Park has been a life goal to many foreigners and Thai citizens alike. The availability of the most wanted residential and migratory birds are seasonal and that everyone must be able to get there on time. Fixing schedules and timings is a real educated chore or else one could end up with bad birding experience.
SEASON ENDING RUSH
The good doctor’s coming was a welcome delight; there is no way I could have said no to a friend’s request, Wins Tornado, he asked me if I could take care of Doc Ces just for one day. While we were brewing a bird walk, it ended up to be a three-days birding sortie at Kaeng Krachan National Park. The schedule was fixed, appointments were made, lodging was booked, target birds were prioritised, and we were ready to roll. After his conference, we scheduled a meet up at The Street, Ratchada at 7:00 p.m., July 5, 2017.
While waiting, I bought all the food stuff, toiletries, and everything that we would need up to July 8, 2017. I took a nap for an hour and I was refreshed to negotiate the long drive ahead that night, three hours of pavement. I would have risked the thought of picking him up from Pratunam area but it would have been a horrible traffic experience driving through the city…