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...
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.
The Field Station
The right tool to help get the car out!
Tree Sparrows at a feeding station eating grain put out for Wild Boar
Vladimir Provonov scans the whitness
Beautiful but cold!
"You say the car's over here...?"
"...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...).