So the spring has come and that means I'm spending a lot of time in the field, near the city of České Budějovice in South Bohemia. The lapwings are displaying and nesting, so I have a lot of work recording their voices and song-flights and watching them make pairs or polygynous bonds, build nests and incubate the eggs... Basically gathering data for my diploma thesis. It's the second year I'm doing this stuff and as I got some experience, it goes much better this season. It looks like I might already have enough data for the thesis. The other thing is that it's going to take a lot of time before I process them and actually write the thesis
It's good to be out in the fresh air and watch all the interesting birds return one by one from their wintering sites
This weekend I found and saw my first nest of a Common Redshank, a critically endengered wader in the Czech Republic. I saw a pair of them dig and build a nest and wrote down the location. Two weeks later my friend thought it was time for them to lay eggs and asked me if I haven't an idea of any nest since I spend so much time watching the birds. I told him I had and navigated him to the spot. And there it was! Not a complete cluth yet, just two fresh eggs.
I know most of you probably don't care, because you might not be interested in birds or maybe because Redshanks are common in your neck of the woods, but it made me really happy
Here, have a look:
And when I'm not watching birds, I'm drawing them. I've already got several new bird pictures finished, but will publish them later. Just so you know I haven't given up on bird art
It's incredible how fast time seems to pass by. It feels like yesterday it was winter and tommorow will be summer again. And I haven't done everything I was supposed to (as usual). It's a little frustrating, but at least I can say I'm not bored at all.
And from the karate corner I'd like to say that for the second time I've visited a seminar in Wroclav, in Poland. This time the seminar was lead by the World Chief Instructor of IOGKF, Nakamura-sensei. I've never seen him in person before so I was curious. I found out he's amazing - both as a karateka and as a person. He's very friendly and so the atmosphere of the whole seminar was really great. I love events like this and I'm sure a lot more are coming