Richard Smith writes:
R2L2, the WWT-backed rearing team, is complete: The Bossman Hesky (Richard Hesketh), the Brains Mackley (Liz Mackley) and the Brawn Smithy (me!) have been joined by our Kiwi counterpart and wader-rearing extraordinaire Mother Hen Brown (Liz Brown). SBS Expo is well under way and the adventure begins.
Get to Moscow and breeze through security (shirt, tie and the words “work for Moscow University” work a treat) and out into the 30 degree heat to by rapidly transported away by taxi, with all our kit and me riding shotgun with the Drive. Five lanes of traffic hard and fast in low gears scything through gaps and booting it on to the next.
Apartment on 15th floor looking out over Moscow. 3 hours in front of London. I get 3 hours sleep due to motorway outside the window.
First bird in Russia…………….Swift, my favourite!