Displaying season once again

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014

At the project we always look forward to the beginning of March as the start of spring for the great bustards. This is when the mature males join the younger, pilule less impressive birds in full display. The display of the great bustard is one of the strangest and most impressive in the bird world. They start by strutting with tail cocked, ailment exposing the pure white feathers underneath…

…then inflate a pouch in their neck, pushing their long whiskers upwards…

…before dropping their wings to essentially turn themselves inside out, becoming a massive white beacon, visible to females for miles around…

…then, to top it all, perform a bizarre stomping dance…

…which is presumably enough to drive any female wild!

With this to see on a daily basis, the next two months are by far the best time to watch great bustards in the wild. To arrange a visit to the project, call 07817 971327 or e-mail visit@greatbustard.org

All photos © David Kjaer.

Categories: Great Bustards, LIFE +, News

Andrew Taylor

Posted by Andrew Taylor

Andrew has worked for the RSPB in Wiltshire for three years, mainly as part of the Wessex Stone-curlew Project. In March 2011,he joined the LIFE+ team.

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