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Estonian Osprey in KwaZulu-Natal

Dane Paijmans(2017-02-06)

We received an interesting recovery recently from one of our ADU members; Frank Rautenbach. This sighting is not only interesting due to it being one of only a few Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) records, but also due the fact that this is the first SAFRING recorded Osprey from Estonia.

This individual was found by Frank in Mtunzini, KwaZulu-Natal on January 27, 2017. Sadly the Osprey was injured and was later euthanized. This did give Frank a good view of the leg rings and meant the initial ringing scheme was easily found; this was identified as the Matsalu Bird Ringing Centre based in Läänemaa, Estonia. The Osprey was initially ringed at Tartumaa, Vara, Praaga in Estonia by a researcher named Joosep Tuvi (Click Here for some project information). This individual was ringed as a chick on July 13, 2016 making it little over 6 months old when found. Even at this young age it was still able to travel this great distance (>9725 km), which is the greatest distance reported to date by the Matsalu Bird Ringing Centre for an Estonian Osprey. Please Click Here to view this record online. Of the other 21 foreign Osprey resightings/recoveries in our database most originated from Finland with a few coming from Germany.

We at SAFRING really appreciate all the effort of ringers and the general public, and would like to thank everyone that has taken part in ringing and resighting in Southern Africa. If you have any unreported resightings/recoveries please contact us at SAFRING with the details or submit them online.
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