And you thought it’s been cold in the UK

Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2010

GBG Director David Waters has just returned from Russia, where he’s been on a search for wintering Great Bustards. Conditions have been extremely harsh with temperatures dropping well below -10C and freezing winds whipping up frequent ‘white-outs’. David will be writing a longer article about his experiences, but in the meantime this photo gallery will give visitors to the blog an idea just how cold he’s been for the last ten days…



David Waters in Russia January 2010

 


David Waters in Russia January 2010
All the trees had a layer of ice on the twigs. When the wind blew
there was a lovely musical sound like wind chimes as it cracked off.

 


David Waters in Russia January 2010
The Field Station

 


David Waters in Russia January 2010
The right tool to help get the car out!

 


David Waters in Russia January 2010
Tree Sparrows at a feeding station eating grain put out for Wild Boar

 


David Waters in Russia January 2010
Vladimir Provonov scans the whitness

 


David Waters in Russia January 2010
Beautiful but cold!

 


David Waters in Russia January 2010
Scott of the Antarctic David strikes a heroic pose and wonders where his toes have gone…

 


David Waters in Russia January 2010
“You say the car’s over here…?”

 


David Waters in Russia January 2010
“…okay, found it!” The GBG car – no censusing today then!

 

As a final thought, in the latest issue of ‘Otis’ we’re looking at the effects of the cold winter on our own Great Bustards back here on Salisbury Plain (it’s safe to say though that our birds have had it relatively easy compared with their Saratov relatives…).

 

Categories: International, News, Russia

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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