Friday, May 30, 2008

Besra (Accipiter Virgatus Rufotibialis): are you still there?

We have been going up and down to Tambunan for three days now. Originally, the plan is to see the progress of the Besra and her chicks. Eventually, the visit becoming more of a search than anything else! Yes, there were no activities in the nest I'm afraid. Other than Siesie's glimpse of the mother, we did not see any other activities such as feeding, etc.

Chai and Siesie decided to spend the night there on Saturday. According to them, despite their regular monitoring they still did not see any activity there. Jason, Andrew, Karim and Dennis went there yesterday and waited for almost two hours. Jason saw a Besra, but could not confirm weather that was the mother.

We just hope the Besra is playing safe by not visiting the nest. On the other hand, despite the fact that we can peep what's inside the nest we decided not to. We definitely would not want to traumatize the raptor. It would be great to get a picture of the Besra and the chicks, but not to the expense of their life and well being.

Alphonsus and I plans to revisit on tuesday. Beside the Besra, there are a lot more birds in the Crocker Range. We have sighted and took few shots of them, which I will be posting one by one later. In the mean time, I'll keep my fingers crossed for the Besra!

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