Posted on Monday, May 17th, 2010
GBG Director David Waters is in Saratov, Russia monitoring this year’s Great Bustard breeding season.
Early this morning Oleg Ruban and I released a male Great Bustard into the wild in Saratov.
The male was reared from a rescued egg by Tatiana Pereverzina at the Severtsov Institute of Evolution and Ecology field station at Diakovka.
Males have never been tracked before and it is believed they leave the area during the hottest months, but where they go is unknown.
It was decided not to release birds in the autumn as they face a long winter flight to Ukraine and harsh weather.
Keeping birds in good condition through the Saratov winter was a great challenge for Tatiana and she achieved remarkable success.
The male was fitted with wing tags and a PTT satellite transmitter supplied by the GBG. The bird was released in an area of high density of Great Bustards, and the birds best chances must be to join up with a flock of young males we saw at the location.