It is known that in the south of Africa more than one hundred and twenty species of “our” birds winter. Eagles, storks, kites, starlings, swallows, golden beaks, blue-whistles first of all come to the eyes.
Swallows in Africa are ubiquitous. The starlings, however, settle in the north of the continent and, to a lesser extent, do not stay in Central Africa, fly to the South, finding here, as it seems, a reliable shelter.
We saw the pike often. Sometimes in the community of local bustards. A large bird, marching in herbs, frightens off insects, and the chickens use it.
We observed thirty-two species of birds. Among them – many of the nesting waders we have: they are just like at home, sitting on poles, looking out for mice.
You will not see our geese and ducks here. For energetically capacious waving flight, long distances are difficult to overcome. The more surprising it was to find out: unimportant flyers – quails and corncrows – reach South Africa. By the way, the legend that the corncrake arrives for the winter on foot, causes a smile: more than ten thousand kilometers would have had to walk the bird from the meadow somewhere in Vologda to the Limpopo River.
There are cases when some of our “our” birds do not fly to the north and take their chicks out on wintering grounds. A similar “sin” is seen in the swallows. And there are birds, absolutely “our” in appearance, Africa does not leave, they nest here. We saw pink pelicans, hoopoes, cormorants, sparrows, numerous herons, which do not know distant journeys.
Interesting bird, in which most of life – the road. At the southern extremity of Africa, you can see a tern, which emerged somewhere on the White Sea near Kandalaksha. But the southern edge of Africa is not the end of the world for her. Bending around the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas, the birds fly further to Australia, Antarctica, to “mark” there, embark on a return trip.
As for terns, for many birds the road is part of life. Yet the gigantic distances with the dangers and vicissitudes of fate are a great test for the birds.