17:52 (BST), Saturday 23 June @ Moscow Zoo
Text message: I’m at zoo. Got through customs without a hitch. They x-rayed my bags but let me through. Please let all of our support team at Slimbridge know.
14:56 (BST), Sunday 24 June @ Departures lounge, Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow
Text message: I’m in departures for Anadyr! Yesterday Roland said that Nikolai found 4 new pairs inc one nest to the west … it’s looking good for 20 eggs for headstarting!
[Baz reply: Well blow me down with a feather! It’s all coming together big style. It’s your midas touch mate.]
16:07 (BST), Sunday 24 June @ On the plane, Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow
Text message: Taking off soon … Got an aisle seat by wing emergency exit. The bloke next to me has blocked the exit with 2 large buckets of what looks like live fishin bait!
04:45 (BST), Monday 25 June @ Anadyr Airport
Text message: Arrived Anadyr. Got my bags. Met Liza and now getting visa checked by border control officers.
[Baz reply: Glad you’re there safely. England got beat on pens. Again!]
16:52 (BST), Monday 25 June @ Anadyr Airport hotel
Text message: It’s nearly 4am here and I cannot get to sleep!! There’s bright sunshine with no clouds. I reckon we could fly for the eggs and team today. Incubator is running and we gonna move some of the rearing coops to the helipad at 6. I’m getting into the zone..!
[Baz reply: Wow! Will let people know. Keep in the zone mate.]
17:05 (BST), Monday 25 June @ Anadyr Airport hotel
Text message: Will do! FYI I’m staying in airport hotel (no internet). Liza is in town where it’s easier to sort stuff.
20:07 (BST), Monday 25 June @ Anadyr Airport
Text message: Micha (guy who stored stuff from last year) and I just dropped coop and other stuff outside helipad as it’s locked up. Now waiting for people to start work and really getting properly eaten alive by mozzies as I’ve no repellent! It’s very sunny and sky is clear… Looking good for a take off to Meina!
22:35, Monday 25 June @ Anadyr helipad
Text message:Got stuff on helicopter and now waiting to board… Only I’ve lost Liza!
22:55, Monday 25 June @ Anadyr helipad
Text message: Found Liza… She was getting the tickets. I’m in departures but she’s still on other side!
23:18, Monday 25 June @ Anadyr helipad
Text message: We are on the helicopter… but departure is delayed for an hour… hope it’s not the weather!
23:53, Monday 25 June @ Anadyr helipad
Text message: We are taking off as I type this to you now! Keep your fingers crossed for us and those precious eggs!