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Fin Lawlor

Londolozi Ranger

Fin grew up in Johannesburg and began guiding in 2010. He has guided across South Africa, East Africa and the Amazon jungle in Brazil. Fin's primary interests are birds, tracking and developing a passion for photography.

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Interestimg blog Fin. It is mind boggling. Nature never seize to amaze.

Absolutely fascinating! You are right—we humans cannot imagine how this is possible! Thanks for sharing the story of your favorite bird, Fin.

Thank you – very interesting – their route is amazing! I am always in awe of nature.

That was amazing – I saw a photo once of HUNDREDS of Amir Falcons congregating on a wire fence getting ready to GO. I thought they were shallows until I read the caption!

Incredible navigational skills. Fascinating article. Thanks!

Master Tracker

Truly awesome. I can see why it is a favourite of yours. Lovely opening photo by the way.

What an amazing journey! It is indeed remarkable what instinct leads them to do I’d love to see one!

And I thought my job was hard. 😉 Birds are amazing!

This was a fascinating blog. The endurance levels these birds face is phenomenal. I have read and observed in other species such as monarch butterflies, how many many months it takes to complete their migration. Nature is the best show on earth and I hope more citizens of the world tune in to keep the show running!!

Digital Ranger

Wow, I wish I could keep going for 60 hours sometimes! I hope China is worthwhile when they get there.!

The migration of birds is one of the most fantastic and incredible things in the world of the animal kingdom. Most of it is really still a mystery and just awesome. How these small birds (and also bigger ones as well, of course) manage to fly such long distances and how they know exactly where to fly to, is so amazing. When I was at Londolozi, “our” European swallows were still there and now I am happy that some of them have arrived again in their nests on my house, guests for the next few months. They flew all those thousands of kilometers to spend our summer here with us and bring up their chicks – hopefully.

A really nice blog Fin. It is truly amazing the lengths our wildlife need to travel in their migration. The Amur is a beautiful bird. On the subject of long migratory journeys, the distances that the Monarch Butterfly travels is another truly fascinating one. Mother Nature did an incredible job I think. Thank you for sharing with us.

Particularly when you relate it to their wing size or body weight!!!

Dear Fin. I don’t have any doubt at all that these little birds have this route planned out for them by the Lord when He created them. So their amazing route doesn’t have me trying to work out all sorts of other reasons. You see, I have a very firm belief in a Creator who created all of us the way we should be going, including the creatures He made! I just marvel at His work. I just so enjoy it – and leave it at that. Any other way leaves the human brain tied in knots. It is just not worth it! Bless you. Wendy M

If your’re interested, there’s a Facebook page dedicated to Amur falcons, Red-Footed falcons and Lesser Kestrels: MKProject: Amur,Red-footed Falcon, Lesser Kestrel Roosts. On that page there’s an interesting article on the Amur Falcon stopover in Nagaland in India: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/a-galaxy-of-falcons-witnessing-the-amur-falcons-massive-migration-flocks/?fbclid=IwAR2T7Pay5y4dVd0OPxinJVjqe5sRK56JIZ8IYSc1xU7-12ixH7ShYqfKPlA

Wow Fin! We are amazed at this story! Incredible that someone was able to track their migration like that. Hard to believe they can fly that far over open water! When is the period when they are in South Africa?

Very useful to me
Only one time i have chance to see this bird fron kerala.,

It was personally thrilling for me to read your blog and to put a face to the place where the Amur Falcons make their last stop before their return journey to the northern hemisphere and finally to my state in in Nagaland, in northeast India.
I work with the community that grabbed conservation news headlines for the mass slaughter of these raptors in 2012 and who also made a subsequent dramatic turn -around the following year towards conservation of the migratory visitors.
When the winter chill sets in Siberia/northern China the birds begin their migration to warmer grounds and begin to arrive in my home-state located in the southern end of the Himalayan range close to the Myanmar border.
I believe one of the factors that led to the change in behavior is when we told the farmers/hunters that hundreds of farmers like themselves await the arrival of the birds to eat billions of termites and insects before they begin their agricultural activities.
I wonder if it will be possible at all to share some photos of the Amur falcons in Londolozi, the landscape and its people with the Pangti villagers here in Nagaland.
I am sure it will gratly encourage their on going conservation initiative to protect the birds since 2013.

I have read your fantastic article about Amur Falcon.thanks a lot for valuable information.Last year (2021 October)I have visited Pangti villages ,Nagaland Amur Falcons stopover roosting site.Lakhs of Amur Falcon are roosting here
Once this area was a hunting area.but now a safe cooridor.The villagers love this bird now. Iam a bird watcher from kerala India
Thanking you
sasidharan manekkara

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