As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015


Bird-lovers can satisfy their curiosity about bird migrations with satellite mapping

Falco project EU run a brilliant raptor migration program. Partnered with the Wildlife Institute of India, Birdlife Hungary others, they track the flight of these birds across oceans.

One of the most impressive raptors that they track is the Amur Falcon. The Amur Falcon is a small raptor and weighs only about 150 to 200 grams. The birds travel all the way from high up in Eastern Asia to Africa every year. Ali & Ripley (1987) and Naoroji (2007) both noted that the birds fly across China to India and Bangladesh in the first stage of their massive flight across the ocean to Africa.

The route these little raptors take across the ocean is the longest migration over vast expanses of the sea, of any bird of prey. Their journey is over 4000 km.

They undertake the longest regular over-water migration of any bird of prey, crossing over the Indian Ocean between western India and tropical east Africa, a journey of more than 4,000 km.

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