Archive for July, 2016

First wild bred chick of the season joins the Drove

Posted on Sunday, July 24th, 2016 by David Waters

A wild bred chick has joined a drove of Great Bustards in Wiltshire. The female chick has been brought up by a¬†Russian sourced female released in 2011. This female successfully reared a male chick last year, and this¬†young bird is regularly seen. The GBG is hopeful that this chick will be the first of several […]

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Chicks regularly seen on visits

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016 by David Waters

Visitors to the main GBG site have a good chance to see wild breeding females with chicks. The very wet and warm summer has caused the vegetation to grow much taller and more thickly than usual. This does make spotting the birds, and particularly the chicks quite a challenge. It also means identifying individual birds […]

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Great Bustard Aphrodisiac

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016 by David Waters

Male Great Bustards have been found to eat the normally toxic Blister beetles. It may be that consuming this beetle increases their sexual drive, or makes them more attractive to females.   Abstract Blister Beetles (Meloidae), invertebrates that can synthesize high doses of the protein phosphatase inhibitor cantharidin, are ingested preferentially by male Great Bustards […]

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