Great bustards on the horizon

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Today’s excursion brought us to Buckow where a state ornithological institution is located.

This institution is surrounded by wide wetland areas. Well, to be exact the region of the Westhavelland is the largest internal wetland all over Europe.

 

We went there to learn more about the great bustard which is the heaviest bird that’s able to fly.
The great bustard population consists of about 107 to 111 birds here in Germany. All of these birds live around Buckow where (hobby) ornithologists can study their habits.  
The birds breed in compounds that are fenced in by the fence which was used as barrier near the Berlin Wall. This safety has to be guaranteed ‘cause foxes are huge natural enemies of the birds. And since the great bustard breeds on the ground without any nest and its breed mostly consists of only one egg it’s nearly impossible to raise the little ones without any trouble.

Thanks to the head of the environmental agency who gave us some intriguing explanations, our binoculars at the ready and an exhibition we visited we really discovered some of these rare birds and learnt quite a lot.

 

Apart from the great bustard there are dozens of other species such as the white-tailed eagle and the sea eagle, the common buzzard and the common kestrel or the corn bunting that’s endangered nationwide and heaps of different species of aquatic birds to listen to and watch from the high seats you can find all over the terrain.

huibdos says:
Look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kori_Bustard
They named ne after you:)
Posted on: May 08, 2010
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European swallow
European swallow
At the ornithological institution
At the ornithological institution
An exhibited great bustard
An exhibited great bustard
Nature reserve
Nature reserve
Buckow
photo by: Koralifix