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Stork, traced to Hungary, makes record flight to KZN

A White Stork spotted in the KZN Midlands last month has been traced all the way back to Nógrád, Hungary.

White Stork tspotted in the Midlands, traced to Hungary
Jacqui van der Westhuizen

The bird was ringed there in June last year and had flown a whopping 8 652 kilometres to South Africa. 

The Conservancy's Jacquie van der Westhuizen captured a few pictures of the stork taking a breather in the Karkloof last month.    

She forwarded her images to the SA Bird Ringing Unit and received a response from their counterparts in Hungary. 


She says there's only one known breeding ground for White Storks in South Africa, the Western Cape. 

The birds travel south from Europe to escape the bitter winter. 

"They fly to a couple of places. They leave Europe and come to Africa. They spend their winters either in Kenya and Uganda. Some of them come down as far as the Cape," she said. 

White Stork spotted in the Midlands, traced to Hungary
Jacqui van der Westhuizen

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