Headstarting is a collaborative effort between WWT, BirdsRussia and the RSPB, and occurs as part of the International Arctic Expedition mounted each year by BirdsRussia under the leadership of Dr. Evgeny Syroechkovskiy.

Birding and belugas

A much refreshed Simon came to visit the birds and we could clearly see how fascinated and enthralled he was with the young birds. He suggested that I join him in the evening for a few hours birding around the lagoon. I leapt at the chance, as not only would it nice to get a break, but the lagoon was right next to the pier, which happened to be one of the best spots for viewing the belugas and the seals hunting the salmon.

I wasn’t in the least bit disappointed and I was truly amazed not only to see these stunning whales but to see them and the seals literally chasing the salmon out of the water and catching them in mid air!

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