Sunday, 6 September 2020

European Honey Buzzard with Tracker Makes Incredible Journey
Honey buzzard migration route

European Honey Buzzard with Tracker Makes Incredible Journey

With thanks to the Suid Afrikaanse Voëls group.

A female European Honey Buzzard was fitted with a satellite tracking system in Finland and was of particular interest to South African locals because it spent the most austral summer (our winter) around the town of Reitz in the Free State in South Africa. She left Reitz in SA to start heading north on 20 April and on 2 June she finally reached Finland where she will probably spend the boreal summer before probably returning again this autumn to South Africa.

The photo shows the data received from the tracker which plots 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...?!

It is incredible how she took a straight line north except for when she flew along the seaward edge of Sudan or had to fly over water. Apparently she turned right at the source of the Nile and followed it. It is fascinating that after that deviation she returned to the same longitudinal line she started on and continued until she reached her destination.

And we all think humans are clever!