It is a symbol of grace and love, and a transforming being in ancient cultures, as it is a wild bird sometimes, and a beautiful girl coming from the sky at other times.
This creature, which has been enveloped in legends since ancient times, is the focus of a contemporary mystery, which scientists are trying to decipher. Scientists have noticed a decline in a certain type of geese, and it will be the subject of the documentary film broadcast by Al Jazeera entitled “The Mystery of the Lost Geese”.
Tundra geese are endangered migratory birds
Tundra geese migrate from the Arctic to southern England, and their numbers are remarkably declining to the point of halving these numbers in the past twenty years. Harsh climatic conditions, and nature ranging from icebergs, barren land, high altitudes and the sea.
The tundra highlands in northern Russia are considered the boundary between the North Pole and the warm southern land, and in the winter they are a carpet of ice, but life comes to life with the first threads of the sun in the spring, and it is teeming with thousands of creatures that send warmth from their hiding places, and this fertile and safe nature attracts thousands of species Birds build their nests and lay their eggs there, including the tundra, the smallest species of wild geese.
Tundra geese live in pairs for life, and in late summer they begin a long journey with their chicks to a warmer winter in the southern United Kingdom.
In order to monitor the swarms and find out the secret of the disappearance of most of them, ornithologist “Ben Sage” and his team travel to the tundra plains in late spring, where the ice still covers large parts of the highlands.
The predatory arctic karkar is the first to threaten geese nests by breaking their eggs and killing their young
Karkar birds.. goose eggs are a delicious meal
This harsh nature helps geese to nest and lay their eggs, and the late spring is a danger to them, and therefore they are in a race against time to hatch chicks.
The tundra geese are very conservative and the team must walk for miles before finding a single nest, so they use local experts and hand-drawn maps to find the nests.
After walking and searching for four days, the team managed to spot a pair of geese hovering around their nest, but the task seems difficult to approach the nest site, and the search team is forced to wear camouflage clothes so that the wary geese do not feel their presence. It took a week for them to get a close up of the shy geese.
Then they found another nest, but it is close to the first, which makes it difficult to track them together and photograph them, and the strangest thing is that there are constant skirmishes between neighbors over eggs and food, and the most enjoyable aerial maneuvers can be followed between pairs of geese in an attempt to defend their eggs and nests, and a fierce struggle over the few available resources. .
Leaving the nest for a short period tempts the hovering karkar birds to attack it and steal the eggs, and this is what actually happened. Ben took advantage of leaving the couple to the nest and went to find out the news. Unfortunately for him, he found two broken eggs out of three. “Ben” left the nest in the hope that the parents would return to take care of the third egg, and when the geese were late to return, “Ben” went to find that the third egg had been destroyed, which means that the season of this couple ended early.