Nesting bustards, Saratov, Russia

Posted on Sunday, May 16th, 2010

GBG Director David Waters is in Saratov, Russia monitoring this year’s breeding season:

“Nests are being reported quite regularly now. Some are left with a buffer zone, but others are hopelessly damaged and the eggs rescued.

I found a nest before cultivation started which is a rare event. The tractor drivers have been alerted and we hope a big buffer zone can be created around this nest. I will try to observe it every two or three days and see if it is successful.

Migrants are still on the move. Yesterday we saw a Steppe Eagle and a flock of 5 Demoiselle Cranes. The Cranes appeared to have just arrived, and we were alerted to their presence by their calling as they circled overhead. I also saw the first Red-footed Falcons of the year. I saw several, and all were female. I wonder, do the females arrive first?”

Charlie Moores

Posted by Charlie Moores

Charlie is the Great Bustard news & Otis (the official Great Bustard magazine) editor, as well as being an authority on birds worldwide & writing for several online blogs.

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