Every year when winter descends on the northern hemisphere, birds of prey of various species flee the cold and head for warmer climes, many migrating via the Malay Peninsula. In October, more than 100,000 migrating raptors, such as the Chinese goshawk, Japanese goshawk, grey-faced buzzard, oriental honey buzzard and the black baza, fly past Khao Dinso, a mountainous area in the southern province of Chumphon, providing a great opportunity for enthusiasts to study and count these birds.
The black baza passes through Chumphon province in October.
The annual raptor-watching festival is being held there from October 20 to 23. Sponsored by Kasetsart University, Asian Raptor Research and Conservation, the Thai Raptor Group, Pathiu district authorities and other local bodies, the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Chumphon office and several private-sector organisations, the festival is intended to boost local people's understanding of birds of prey and raise public awareness of the importance of environmental protection.
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