First White Storks in 500 years nest in Britain

To: "Chris Coleborn" <>, "Birding Australia" <>
Subject: First White Storks in 500 years nest in Britain
From: "Penny Drake-Brockman" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 21:06:56 +1000

Thanks for that - it could be some good news for a change, instead of the
usual bad although if the reason they are in England is because they have
been driven out of Europe by excessive agriculture, not so good. I just hope
the birds breed successfully and establish permanently.

Birding aussers will also be interested to hear that I saw the airmail
Guardian today and it had an article on the introduction of Bustards from
Russian - bringing in 40 juvenile birds which are being caged on Salisbury
Plains (near the Defense Dept practice grounds, poor things) to be released
once they are habituated (and fed by people in Bustard costumes to stop them
getting used to humans). If this is successful and if only a few survive the
foxes etc., they plan to bring another batch in next year.  They've been
extinct in England since about the 1860s.

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