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Desc:animated gps tracking of some birds
Category:Pets & Animals, Nature & Places
Tags:migration, Honey Buzzard
Submitted:Lurchi
Date:10/31/14
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Adham Nu'man
This was really fucking cool and well done. Thanks for sharing.
Adham Nu'man
Also, DO read the Youtube description.

infinite zest
All of this guy's data visualization videos are pretty cool, even the commercials. The Stork's my favorite next to this one. Twirling twirling twirling..

Lurchi
wikipedia European honey buzzard info dump:

also known as the pern or common pern

Despite its English name, this species is more closely related to kites of the genera Leptodon and Chondrohierax than to true buzzards

The European honey buzzard is a summer migrant to most of Europe and western Asia, wintering in tropical Africa. It is seen in a wide range of habitats, but generally prefers woodland and exotic plantations.
Movements

Being a long distance migrant, the honey buzzard relies on magnetic orientation to find its way south, as well as a visual memory of remarkable geographical features such as mountain ranges and rivers, along the way. It avoids large expanses of water over which it cannot soar.

It is sometimes seen soaring in thermals. When flying in wooded vegetation, honey buzzards usually fly quite low and perch in mid canopy, holding the body relatively horizontal with tail drooping. The birds also hop from branch to branch, each time flapping their wings once, and so emitting a loud clap. The bird often appears restless with much ruffling of the wings and shifting around on its perch. The honey buzzard often inspects possible locations of food from its perch, cocking its head this way and that to get a good look at possible food locations. This behaviour is reminiscent of an inquisitive parrot.

It is a specialist feeder, living mainly on the larvae and nests of wasps and hornets, although it will take small mammals, reptiles and birds. It is the only known predator of the Asian giant hornet. It is thought that honey buzzards have a chemical deterrent in their feathers that protects them from wasp attack.
Adham Nu'man
Notice how near the beginning of the video, before they start migrating, the male hangs around a very specific little area, but the female flies out to a more distant location on a number of occasions.

Then, when they start migrating, the male follows the coast and doesn't travel South that much, while the female flies just slightly more inland but arrives more or less around the same latitude. Except, shortly thereafter, she clearly flies much further South.

When they migrate back, the male follows the easier route along the coast, while the female picks a strangely convoluted route through the desert, and then, she sheems to hang around North Africa for quite a while, flying out to a number of locations along the coasts of Libia and Tunisia.

The male arrives, and quite a bit later the female joins him. What I'm getting at here is I think she's fucking someone else.

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