[cape_town] - Rare seabird from Hawaii blown off course, lands in Klein Karoo

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Cape Times – It has been described as a natural mystery, a lone migratory seabird which breeds on remote tropical islands as far as Hawaii, has landed in the semi-desert town of Calitzdorp, in the Klein Karoo, Western Cape.

Until this week, South Africans rarely came across the red-tailed tropicbird, or “air dancers”, with the last believed sighting being four years ago near Port Elizabeth.

On Saturday, a call was made to Cango Wildlife Ranch about an “odd-looking bird” which was found in, of all the places in the world, in Bergsig, Calitzdorp, by a young boy named Joseph.

The bird breeds on remote tropical islands as far east as the Hawaiian Islands, and also on the south-west Australian coast. Outside breeding season, they may travel as far north as Japan and as far south as New Zealand....

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