Posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2013
In November last year Black 17, a two year old female bustard, became the first adult bustard from the project to migrate to France. She wintered with a flock of several hundred cranes on the west coast of France, near La Rochelle, and had not been reported since 27th February. Not surprisingly, we were very excited to discover her with the flock of bustards at our release site on Salisbury Plain yesterday. It seems that she has returned with breeding on her mind, as she has been paying a lot of attention to the most impressive male in the lek, Purple 5. We can't wait to find out what she does next!
Black 17 in flight on Salisbury Plain, photo © David Kjaer