A bird believed to have flown from Finland to Kenya – a distance of over 6,000 kilometres- is in care of Kenya Wildlife Services.

The bird identified as osprey, a fish-eating bird of prey, was fished out of the waters of lake Kanyaboli in Siaya county in the Western Kenya.

The bird is believed to have flown a distance of 6,948 kilometres to land at Usalu village in West Yimbo Location of Bondo Sub County, Siaya County.

A resident of the tiny village located along the shores of the oxbow lake, Walter Oloo, is credited for spotting the bird and thereafter reporting the discovery to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) personnel in Siaya County.

The bird’s origin was established from a reference ring on its leg, whose details show that it was ringed in Helsinki, Finland.

According to a press statement released by KWS Communications director, the bird was reportedly caught in a fishing net and had struggled to free itself.


 “It has some bruises on the legs but it appears healthy, though it has lost some weight, and is dehydrated,” Udoto stated.

The bird was later delivered to the KWS Veterinary Department on Thursday, January 23.

“It will be stabilized by administering IV fluids and provided with proper diet, then monitored for a few days before being released back to the wild,” read the statement.

Udoto said it will be treated before it is released into the wild.

Ospreys are also referred to as sea hawks or river hawks.

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