Liz Brown writes: On leaving New Zealand a little over two weeks ago, I carefully packed all the thick polar fleece, merino wool and thermal layers I could fit into my allotted 23kg baggage allowance. I never expected to arrive to such amazingly warm and well-insulated houses! My thi
Karin writes: Things are beginning to move very quickly now. Given the need to fledge young before the end of the short arctic summer, the birds have no time to waste. Each of the three teams that went out into the moraine hills and plains, areas in which we had many nests in the past
Baz Scampion writes: I had one of my best days of birding and bird photography in a long time today. Everywhere I looked the birds kept popping up in front of me. There were a couple of obliging SbS feeding in the river, and loads of good waders like stunning summer plumage Grey Plove
Karin writes: June 1 marks the first day of the meteorological summer—the three warmest months of the year—but the summer in Meinypil’gyno began with snow and frost. Tom is in awe of how the SbS and other tiny waders leave places like Myanmar in the hottest season, to fly
The WWT group split today, as Brown fought fever to carry on with calibration while Hesky patched up incubators and rearers that had been stored through an arctic winter in sub-zero temperatures. Melted butter was the only form of lubrication in the house to get the ceased parts movin
Phil writes: Getting out early to Third River, where yesterday’s SbS had been seen, I found only one present with a flighty flock of Dunlin and Red-necked Stint. By mid-morning they were more settled, so I slowly walked to the mid-stream ice sheet and laid down on it. Soon a Terek San
Phil Palmer writes: It’s spring on the tundra, and as the snow melts it reveals the autumn crowberry crop, still available as food for the first migrant birds. The Moss Campion is opening in pink domes, willow catkins are furring up and the dwarf rhododendron budding. Notable sighting
Richard Smith writes: I slept for 7 hours …amazing, and I feel a lot better for it, but once I open my eyes that’s it, its up time. With the house clean and the way we wanted it, we started on what will be the incubator room. Using deep cleaning materials, the place started to s
Karin writes: Light snow in the morning turned to clear blue skies in the afternoon. Christoph, Phil and Tom took the last chance to cross the thinning river ice to the alongshore spit, to sip hot tea by a spit-top fire while watching birds migrate north along the coast and whales fee
Karin writes: After moving house with the aid of the ‘go anywhere’ vestikhod, the unstoppable Russian Caterpillar, and a few good card games while waiting for it to arrive, the WWT team spent the afternoon cleaning and disinfecting what is to become the Incubation Facility. Set up in
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