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

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