Great Bustard

With maximum recorded weights of up to 21 kg, male Great Bustards are the world’s heaviest flying birds. Huge in size and robustly built, they are stately in appearance with a heavy chest and characteristically cocked tail. These charismatic birds are indigenous to England but thanks to their popularity on banquet menus and trophy hunting, became extinct in 1832. The Great Bustard Group was formed in 1998 to reintroduce this iconic species to its natural habitat of rolling grassland on Salisbury Plain. I photographed this male bustard displaying from a specially built hide near the release site.