arrow arrow_up breadcrumb-chevron-right breadcrumb-home dropdown-arrow-down loader GALogoWUNEP GALogo2018 GALogo2019 menu read-more-plus rrss-email rrss-facebook rrss-flickr rrss-instagram rrss-linkedin rrss-twitter rrss-vimeo rrss-youtube rrss_google_plus rrss_skype rrss_web pdf search share Completed In Process Ideas In Develpment Toogle Toogle Thumbnail View List View play close filter-collapse filter edit media_photo_library media_video_library graphics pictures videos collections next

Dark-bellied Brent Geese (Branta b. bernicla), caught for ringing, Northern Taimyr; Russia

The Dark-bellied Brent Geese breeds during the short Arctic summer on the northernmost coast and offshore islands of the Taimyr peninsular in northernmost Siberia/Russian Federation. It winters along the coasts of South-East England, Northwest France and the Dutch-German-Danish Wadden Sea and is highly dependent on sea grass (Zostera) on tidal flats as well as saltmarshes. Saltmarshes in the Wadden Sea are also in spring (April/May) the main food source for building up fat reserves enabling the species to migrate to its high Arctic breeding grounds. Each year, the Geese undergo a flightless-moulting period. In former times local people used the flight-disability of the geese during summer weeks to catch them for food. Here they are caught for scientific tagging. German-Russian expeditions to Taimyr in 1989-1991 and studies on brent geese were followed by the establishment of the Great Arctic Reserve, protecting the key moulting areas of the species.

Year: 2013

From album: Great Arctic Reserve, Taimyrski Zapovednik and German-Russian Expeditions 1989-1991 to Taimyr

Photographer: Peter Prokosch

Tags: birds Russia Taimyr Wadden Sea

Photos included in same album

View all media

Related news

View all stories