Great Bustard: Berkshire, June 7th – June 15th still

One of the Salisbury Plain birds has made its way to Berkshire. Unfortunately it’s hanging about at a stone curlew site and so is being “suppressed” on the Berksbirds website

For that reason I’m not publishing the site here either but, if you know of any stone curlew sites in Berkshire you could give them a try!  The wing tag shows a white 17 on a black background

The project is controversial with 150 birds released over nine years and only 20 surviving at present. Here’s a link to the project http://greatbustard.org/the-project/

[visible in the photo below are the two quite small stonie chicks at the site]

Apologies for the poor quality of the photos, they were both taken with stacked extenders (2x, 1.4x) behind a 500mm on a crop body (magnification ~ 44.8x)

The peripatetic Roger Wyatt has a couple of better shots on the Oxon blog page (dated June 9th)

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