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FROM HELSINKI TO ENTEBBE; AN OSPREY BIRD DOESNOT REQUIRE AN AIR TICKET

osprey birdAn Osprey Bird is now well settled at the Uganda Safari tour site of Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) following a flight from Finland in the continent of Europe.
An Osprey from the hawk family was found by the ground staff at the turf of the runway of Entebbe International Airport – the main gateway to Uganda handling a range of travelers including those on safaris and tours to Uganda. Upon spotting the bird, the team at UWEC was alerted and they came to its rescue. Unfortunately, they found that the wings of the bird had been shattered following its collision with the plane but interestingly the team was able to amputate them after reaching at the center.
Amazingly, this wondrous Osprey bird stretching to 1.8ft in length was found to be belonging to the Finnish Museum of Natural History in Finland in Northern Europe. This was further confirmed by Finland Museum approving that the bird had disappeared and thus were very appreciative to learn its location. For nature enthusiasts, it was an amusing moment as the creature proved that even when the world is bewildered with myriad of travel formalities, nature is still beyond man’s control.
The Osprey is noted to be among the range of seasonal migratory bird species where each features its own migration behavioural pattern. Some of these birds can fly away for breeding while others may be forced by changes in climate which may stimulate movements for food search. The UWEC Marketing and Business Development Officer Mr. Isaac Mujansi notes in affirmation that migratory species of birds have increased at the center since December 2014 mesmerizing a range of visitors including those on birding tours in Uganda.
Also referred as the Sea Hawk, the Osprey is bird of prey and notably diurnal fish eating. With 60cm in length and 180cm across the wings, the Osprey can be considered as a large raptor. Its upper part is brown while the under part and the head are majorly greyish. The Osprey is noted to tolerate a range of habitats and nests close to water bodies to ensure steady supply of food. It is known to thrive on all world continents except Antarctica.
By Siima Simon Peter

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