Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
Yesterday evening David Waters, GBG Director - who is currently conducting the Spring census in Russia, photographed this male Great Bustard footprint left as the bird crossed a muddy track. Right next to the Bustard footprints were a set of fox tracks crossing back and forth as the fox followed the path of the Bustard.
The adult male Great Bustard (from the size of the print) would have little to fear from the fox. However, the fox may have more to worry about. Following the tracks of the fox was a set of wolf prints following the other tracks!
He has not seen a wolf on this trip yet, but they are about, and are unpopular animals in Russia. They apparently prey on the free ranging sheep flocks and can greatly reduce the number of deer and moose in the hunting reserves. Whatever their impact in the rural areas in Saratov the occasional glimpse of a wolf is always a thrilling moment.