The Little Bustard

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Tetrax tetrax – – Otididae – It is the only species of this Tetrax genera and is very endangered on french territory. Also in decline in although still in larger numbers, it lives in dry opened areas. The male does somewhat of a “flamenco dance” on a specific spot about 30 cm wide to attract females and utters a strange and short song close to ‘trrrriiiitt’. This one is a male in breeding plumage; he came only once and shortly close the camera, then remained at about 80 to 100 meters away, unfortunately.

Seule espèce du genre Tetrax, elle est hélas particulièrement en danger sur le territoire français, à cause de… eh bien je vous laisse imaginer… ou plutôt non, je vous cite Oiseaux.net, c’est édifiant et désespérant: “Les menaces les plus importantes sont donc: irrigation des terres arables, conversion des cultures pérennes, réduction des mosaïques culturales, utilisation des pesticides et boisements. La prédation, la chasse et les collisions semblent avoir des impacts moindres”. Plus présente en Espagne dans les régions sèches (mais aussi en déclin), elle fréquente les vastes étendues d’herbe ou de céréales.

Son chant est limité à un ‘trrrriiiittt’ répété assez régulièrement en balançant la tête en arrière. Pour attirer une femelle, il “danse le flamenco” en trépignant des pattes sur un emplacement bien défini et très reconnaissable, d’environ 30 cm de diamètre. Ce mâle en plumage nuptial est resté assez éloigné, ne passant qu’une seule fois à moins de 30 mètres, mais toujours caché par les hautes herbes de la lisière d’un champ:

Unfortunately he remained at a distance of about 80 to 100 m coming only once, about 25 m from the camera.High grass was also quite in the way for good results…

(Tetrax tetrax)

Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax)

Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax)

Il est reparti loin, à 70/80 mètres et se remet à chanter son drôle de ‘trrrriiitt’, à peine audible de si loin, pour bien faire savoir à la gente féminine qu’il est LA!

Far away he sings to attract females, be I can hardly guess the sound at this distance:

Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax)

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts!Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma.* * * My work can be seen HERE:http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/* * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka Wildlife

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts!Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma.* * * My work can be seen HERE:http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/* * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

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