23 Dec Flight of The Swans – Final Chapter
Source: Fujifilm X Blog
Recap – My name is Ben Cherry, I’m a Fujifilm X-Photographer focusing on environmental photojournalism. Currently I am part of the WWT Flight of the Swans conservation project, where Sacha Dench is flying from Arctic Russia back to the UK; following the declining Bewick’s swan as they migrate to overwinter in warmer climates.
Well we eventually got out of Russia, after a 19 hour border crossing. Estonia was instantly different. It had a significantly different feel to it, from seemingly greener, richer forest to just a different culture. It was all quite refreshing!
I broke off from the core team to focus on finding swans. We had been given some tips for where to search around the northern coastline. However, a spanner was thrown into the works in the form of Charlotte, one of our tagged swans. Incredibly excited to be remotely near her we headed to the remote lake she was roosting at. Turned out to be quite the endeavour, with a choice between a 10km walk through thick woodland or a 2km trudge through a peat bog (which thanks to google translate and an excitable colleague, we thought it was a mine field for about half an hour!). We opted for the bog.