The lifestyle of Honey Buzzard Bird is trending after one was trailed to have made love from Finland all the way to South Africa.
The now viral post shared by David Attenborough states;
”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.
”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. (or Sudan)
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…”
The European honey buzzard, also known as the pern or common pern, is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. They are called honey buzzard because they enjoy raiding the nests of bees and wasps. But their name is actually a misnomer since it’s the insects themselves, not honey, that make up the bulk of their diet.
There are six species of honey buzzards, which are distributed across the globe.
The 52–60-centimetre (20–24 in)-long honey buzzard is larger and longer winged, with a 135–150-centimetre (53–59 in) wingspan, when compared to the smaller common buzzard (Buteo buteo). It appears longer necked with a small head, and soars on flat wings.
It is a large bird of prey that is similar to the buzzard. It has got broad wings and a long tail. The plumage is very variable across all ages – typical adults are greyish-brown on its upperparts and whitish underparts.