June 3rd, 2010


wondering about bustards

Watching Springwatch tonight, timscience and I were wondering about Bustards. Kind of instrinsically (Tim was listening to la Buchanan's rather florid praise of the male's display from the kitchen, and wondering if he was straying into forbidden places) but also specifically, in relation to farming. They're large, dramatic and (by reputation, at least) delicious -- why isn't anyone farming Great Bustards? Of course, they take a while to mature, but so do peacocks, and ostriches, and we farm them. From the footage they look ornery and easily spooked. So are sheep, and that doesn't stop us farming them. Why not Bustards?

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