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Kyle Gordon

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Kyle was born and raised in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. His childhood was spent scurrying barefooted along the banks of various rivers and dams, fishing rod ever-in-hand, enjoying the beauty and freedom of outdoors. Kyle obtained a degree in construction from UCT ...

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on An Ecosystem in The Sky and The Story of a Returning Migrant

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Thanks for that absolutely fascinating information about the Indian Ocean flyway and the incredibly long migration for a bird that has a mass of only 140 grams!

Hi Darryl, that’s a great addition to the story! One I’ll definitely use, 140 grams and covering 20 000km! Thanks

Senior Digital Ranger

very fascinating! love the carmine bee-eater….one of my favorite birds.

Can’t wait to see the first Carmines back again!

Hi Kyle, thank you for sharing these precious info on migration routes and smaller animals chain. Again… why do prey have to be so special and striking? I love dragonflies and follow blogs about them. But also predators often are, like the Amur falcons here. Great life chain nice pictures

Nature is just incredible, isn’t it Francesca? Thank you and I’m glad you enjoyed the read

Wow, that is interesting! I never knew they would have food flying with them as they are being swept towards Africa. But it is very logical somethings travels with them……………….. Great, thank you for the info!

Thanks Irene, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

This is such an interesting article on these amazing migratory birds. Thanks!

Kyle, Thanks for this great migration story! The images of the Amur Falcon are beautiful and the incredible ecosystem that supports its migration is amazing. We learned something new today!! 👍

I’m glad you guys enjoyed it! I am really looking forward to seeing these birds arriving back.

Hi Kyle thanks for information on the migrating birds. Very interesting and I’ve learnt a lot from your story. My goodness but they do fly many km and over the Indian Ocean. Spectacular birds and thanks for paramount information on these migrating birds.

Thanks Kyle, I was unaware of the Indian Ocean flyway. It is great to learn more about the migrations that occur on our planet and how the eco systems work with their interconnections.

The interconnectedness of our entire planet really is something so precious and us knowing more and more about it will allow us all to make better and better decisions when regarding the health of these systems!

What a remarkable bird and what a great Blog Kyle. Learnt some super interesting facts today. Thank you ! I sincerely hope that with the ongoing environmental issues, which are changing weather systems all over the world, that this Indian Ocean flyway and ecosystem continue to bring this magnificent little falcon to Southern Africa 🙏🏻❤️

Exactly! The knock-on effects of human impact on “small” systems like these can have huge consequences for food chains and ecosystem health globally.

I always wondered how birds could go over open ocean for migrations….did not realize that the insects are there too! A buffet in the skies!

Interesting post with beautiful photos. Thanks! I was lucky @ an old residence which overlooked a large open space to see many raptors up close. One day I got a bit of a surprise when I went out on the porch and an American kestrel swooped in and landed on the roof overhang!

Wow, we had no idea that the migration was other than a flyway route. The whole ecosystem reality is rather marvelous. Nature at work again proving how small a part we play in the whole earth ecosystem. The only problem is that we can really screw up that delicate balance if we are not more careful!

Exactly! And we just don’t know, or at least can’t foresee, what the long-term effects of human impact can have on these systems. What the consequences of these smaller (relatively speaking) systems getting knocked out of whack will be!

Digital Tracker

So wonderful! What an interesting article. Amazing what these birds can do! Incredible. Watching spring return to the African bush would be thrilling to see!

Senior Digital Ranger

For me the Indian Ocean flyway achievements are even more impressive that Richard Branson’s and Elon Musk’s successes!!! Thank you for sharing this fascinating journey!

Hi there Kyle. We had heard of the enormous journey of the Amur Falcon, but this article is very well researched and presented. Thank you so much. Wendy M

A really interesting blog Kyle. It really is amazing to think that these birds and insects travel such great distances from their witering grounds. Spring is a lovely time of year with the arrival of the migrating wildlife and a rebirth following winter. Happy spring to you all. Great pics also. Thank you for sharing.

Thanks Leonie! It is such an exciting time for us all here.

I just have one more thing to add, Kyle, the more I think of this story you have told us about the flight of this incredible little bird from the border of China with Mongolia – 11 000 kms just one way! – and the Larder of insects in the sky coming across the Indian Ocean, I just wonder in awe at our mind blowing Creator who dreamed
this up and made it happen! Wendy M

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It really is pretty incredible, Wendy!

It was fascinating reading Kyle, to learn about the Indian Ocean Flyway and how it works for the birds and insects, especially your favorite one – the Amur Falcon. It’s incredible to learn they fly 4000 miles over an ocean to reach their destination. And then to have meals on the fly, so to speak, who would have thought?! Enjoy welcoming all of these beautiful migratory birds back home.

Nature has found a way! These systems are the result of hundreds of thousands of years of experimenting and “tinkering” and the results are spectacular. This is just one interconnected system among millions happening all around us. We live on such a remarkable and beautiful planet.

Fantastic information! Seen quite a few of the other migrants now, including Wahlberg’s eagle, jacobin and red-chested cuckoo, violet-backed starling and European bee-eater, but still waiting for the falcons!

Senior Digital Ranger

Fabulous blog, thank you Kyle. Adds a whole new dimension to spotting them and ticking them off on my list with you and Rob. Really enjoyed this and learnt a lot.

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