At the Akademik Vernadskyi research station, polar explorers showed their constant inquisitive “helpers” – small birds that often look in their windows.
Representatives of two professions have such “assistants”: for a cook, it’s an on-duty one, and for an ozonometer, it’s a white sow, they joke at the National Antarctic Science Center.
These little birds are very fond of the “ozone office” hatch. The hole is located above the Dobson spectrophotometer, a device with which researchers measure the level of ozone in the atmosphere.
Before starting work, the ozonometer should open the hatch to allow sunlight to enter the spectrophotometer.
|“Cases” are small in size|
“Sometimes it doesn’t even take a few minutes for the “assistant” to be on the spot. Sivka white or, as they are called at the station, “cases”, are very inquisitive. They have several nests near “Vernadsky” and are constantly interested in the lives of expedition participants, often looking into their windows“, says the post of the polar explorers.
|These little birds really like the hatch of the “ozone office”|
And these birds are constantly searching for food. They try “on the beak” everything that happens.
“Cases” are small in size. Their length is 34-40 cm, their wingspan is from 74 to 84 cm, and their weight is about half a kilogram.
|These birds are constantly searching for food|
They live exclusively on land (they do not have swimming membranes on their paws) and like to run, not fly. Although they fly quite well.
Photo: Oleksandr Poluden, Serhii Glotov.
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