|An Oriental Honey Buzzard soaring close to the Cape's lighthouse|
Learning from previous experiences, I'd say that I did not rush all the way from my home in Subang Jaya to Port Dickson, which is roughly about 160km on a return trip.
After doing all my chores in the morning, I took a drive down to Seremban. But like Murphy's Law, things can go wrong.
There was an accident near Nilai and traffic was at a crawl for at least 20km. I wasn't phased at all and inched slowly towards the exit to Port Dickson.
Now, the interesting part was this: instead of using the Teluk Kemang coastal road, I can bypass this by heading straight to the Port Dickson polytechnic which is very near to the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve.
By the time I reached the junction, my stomach was already rumbling.
|Hitting the road|
|Lunch break near Cape Rachardo|
|My equipment: A full-frame DSLR and an APS-C mirrorless camera|
|Hiking up to the lighthouse|
|A T-shirt painter along the route|
|Raptor awareness merchandise|
|Birdwatchers scanning the skies with their photographic equipment|
|Buzzards circling the treeline|
|Flying close to the lighthouse|
|A fine specimen|
|Enduring the heat|
Compared to previous years, the 2016 Raptor Watch was awesome. I guess it's pure luck as some of the birds of prey flew really close to the lighthouse.
I snapped away with my camera and long lens and as the day got hotter with lesser birds in the sky, it was my cue to hit the road.
It took me about an hour and a half to reach home from Tanjung Tuan as I drove non-stop. Back in my room, I downloaded the photos and worked on post-processing a couple of decent shot to share with my friends. I hope next year's Raptor watch would be even better and if the timing is right, I will make another trip.