Rarest and beautiful birds in Russia photographed on Taimyr

Rarest and beautiful birds in Russia photographed on Taimyr

August 15, 2021

An ornithologist at the Pura biological station took an amazing picture of a kloktun duck.

ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The expedition led by doctor of biological sciences Sergey Haritonov returned from a trip to the Pura biological station.

Rarest and beautiful birds in Russia photographed on Taimyr

During the monitoring, Sergey Haritonov managed to take a picture of a very rare Far Eastern bird included in the Red Books of Russia and the Krasnoyarsk region. We are talking about the Baikal teal, or kloktun teal. Larisa Stryuchkova, the leading public relations specialist of the Taimyr Reserves, reported this.

Until the middle of the twentieth century, the range of this species was much wider, the birds also nested in the Yenisey valley, flew to Western Europe. However, since the middle of the last century, the Yenisey population has become extinct – this is the word that experts use – the birds remained only in the east of the country.

Now the number is recovering. As a result, there were also flights to the west. However, emphasizes Sergey Haritonov, these are other kloktuns, we are not talking about the restoration of the Yenisey population – so far only about a weak expansion of the East Siberian population to the west.

“That is why the meeting at the Pura is very important. Today it is both the westernmost and the northernmost meeting of the kloktun”, the report of the Taimyr Reserves directorate says.

Earlier we said that a new hobby – bird watching – is gaining popularity among Norilsk residents.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: birds.cornell.edu and zapovedsever.ru

August 15, 2021

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