Honey-buzzard siting in East London (SA)

There are not many records for Honey-buzzard’s having been seen in East London. These are rare and solitary birds which do not readily associate with other migrant species.

The Honey-buzzard pictured below was photographed flying over the Kevin and Mary Cole’s garden in Beacon Bay, East London (Jan 2013). A previous record in November 2010 relates to a Honey Buzzard which perched in the same garden – it settled within the canopy of an Acacia karoo tree on a thick branch near the stem. These birds also perch on the ground or on termite mounds where they feed on termites, small reptiles and locusts. They rarely glide but rather fly with very deep wing beats.

This record was reported to East London Museum ornithologist, Dr. Phil Whittington.

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Honey -buzzards prepare for the long migration south by putting on fat. They can  increasie their weight from 625 grams to 900 grams – enough to travel from northern Europe to tropical Africa in one go.

They are specialist feeders taking wasps and bees from their nests. Berries and fruits are also eaten when necessary.



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