Stork ringed in Hungary delivers vital info
A WHITE stork, which was ringed in Hungary last year, had a brief layover at the Karkloof conservancy last month in the KwaZulu-Natal’s midlands after a marathon flight of more than 8 500km.
The bird was ringed in Nograd in June last year to get information on their migratory routes.
“We have just received feedback from the Hungarian bird ringing society regarding the white stork. He or she was ringed in Nograd in Hungary on June 22‚ 2017, and has flown 8 652km to where he was seen in the Karkloof‚” the conservancy said on its Facebook page.
Bird ringing entails the permanent marking of wild birds to study their life cycles‚ habits‚ populations and movements. To do this minute metal rings marked with unique numbers are attached to the bird for identification.
The conservancy has asked keen birders to try to get photographic evidence of the bird’s number and send it to the South African Bird Ringing Unit.
The only place in South Africa where adult white storks and chicks are ringed is in Bredasdorp in the Western Cape – the sole known breeding ground in the country. – 701198