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Subject: Chukar
From: "Val Ford" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2002 08:03:33 -0800
Lawrie Conole's report of seeing Chukars in eastern Kyrgyzstan has reminded
me of my two Chukar experiences in central Asia in 2000.

The first was in the courtyard of the small hotel we were staying at in
Bukhara, Uzbekistan.  We were sitting in the shade drinking beer in an
attempt to cope with the high summer temperature.  In the non shaded areas
there were three small cages each containing an overheated Chukar.  Somehow
they managed to survive.

The second Chukar experience was whilst on a trek in the Fan mountains in
western Tajikistan.  One of the donkey handling men was about to leave our
group and return to his village.  Before doing so he showed me bird eggs he
had carefully wrapped in a woolen cap.  With sign language the only means of
communication I understood they were Chukar eggs and  I assume he was taking
them home to incubate them.


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