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A Bird was fitted with satellite tracking system, it flew from South Africa to Finland in 42 days.

A female European Honey Buzzard Bird was fitted with a satellite tracking system in Finland recently and was of particular interest to locals because it spent the most recent austral summer around the town of Reitz in the Free State in South Africa. She left Reitz to start heading north on 20 April and on the 2nd of June, she finally reached Finland where she will probably spend the boreal summer before probably returning again next season for a visit in South Africa.

The Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus) is a fascinating raptor known for its unique feeding habits. Unlike most birds of prey, it primarily feeds on the larvae and nests of social insects, especially wasps and hornets. This adaptation has led to its name, as it resembles a buzzard but has a sweet tooth for honeybee larvae. With its distinctive plumage and keen eyesight, it locates nests from the sky and uses its powerful talons to extract the tasty morsels.

This bird’s specialized diet and hunting techniques make it a remarkable species in the avian world, showcasing nature’s diverse strategies for survival. Here is an image showing the data received from the tracker which plots out the route that she took to head north. So, in just 42 days, she covered over 10 000 km at an average of more than 230 km every single day. Isn’t that just amazing.

What is amazing is how she took a straight line north except for when she had to fly over water. Apparently she turned right at the source of the Nile and followed it. It is still fascinating that after that deviation she returned to the same longitudinal line she started on and continued until she reached her destination. Mother nature at its most fascinating best.

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