5 Birding facts
Here are a few interesting facts for those of you who are planning to book a birding week end at the Vaalnest Boutique Hotel at the Vaal Dam.
1. It is a sad fact that, in the last few hundred years man has been responsible for the extinction of a great many bird species - from the notorious but range restricted dodo to the millions of passenger pigeons that once blackened the skies of North America or the thousands of Great Auks eaten by sailors. -http://www.fatbirder.com
2. Did you know that birding is the number one sport in America? According to US Fish and Wildlife Service, there are currently 51.3 million birders in the United States alone, and this number continues to grow! – http://web4.audubon.org
3. The Sri Lankan Frogmouth are shy birds that are hardly ever seen during the day so you need to be awake early or late to catch them. If they become frightened they will open their beak an point it upward – they often look like a jagged and broken branch. They only lay one egg at a time – a White colored one. These birds normally live in forest habitats, and can easily be overlooked due to their colors and camouflaging. The chicks are White and fluffy when born and then later get their camouflage colors of Grey-Brown so they blend in with their backgrounds and the branches. The females are usually more of a Chestnut-Brown color. – http://www.wild-facts.com
4. There are approximately 9,300 species of birds all over the globe, from the poles to the deserts, and everywhere between. All together, scientists estimate there are probably between 100 billion and one trillion birds in the world. That’s enough birds to make a line stretching all the way from here to the sun and back again! Most of the world’s birds are southerners. South America alone is home to 2,500 species of birds, and is often called (by bird-lovers) the Bird Continent. The runner-up is Africa; where about 1,750 species live in the region south of the Sahara Desert. North America has about 950 different species of birds. – http://www.birdola.com
5. The Albatross has a wing span of up to 14 feet and only needs to land once every couple of years to breed. They can travel hundreds of thousands of miles each flight. – http://www.goddidcreations.com