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First, catch your crane...

On a quiet, still morning a week ago, four conservationists hid, crouched in the grasses and obscured by hawthorn hedges as the morning mist formed in the first light of dawn. After a wait of around an hour, a pair of cranes and their eight week old chick crept steadily from their night-time roost, stealthily and nervously walking out of the thick cover of reeds onto a short drove road.  From here they walked much more quickly out into an open field, recently grazed, gleaning early-morning insect morsels from the rush tops.  

The Wilderness - Place of Wild Beasts

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Life on a Knife's Edge

Bugling Away

The last couple of Months have been a very busy time indeed for the cranes.  

   Photo - John Crispin

Finding their feet

Wonderful photos here from local photographer Robin Morrison of Swampy & Alexander's two chicks from 2015 taken at the tail end of February on the Somerset Levels and Moors.

 With Waterwing - a 2013 female behind...

The youngsters have been looked after all winter by their parents who have now headed off back to their breeding area, leaving the chicks with some of the younger, unpaired birds from the release project.

This could be the start of something wonderful....

....read all about it at these links! 

https://cranesandcommunities.wordpress.com/

http://somersetartworks.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/cranes-and-communities/

 ...and come along on to the Willow and Wetlands Centre in Stoke St. Gregory on  Saturday 12th December to find out more

Finding love in the Fens

Beatrice and unringed partner

 

 Beatrice & partner Ouse Washes, Cambs. Photo Garth Peacock.

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Seeing Cranes in Somerset

  Photo - Kevin Harris.  (Thank you!)

50+ Cranes on the Somerset Levels and Moors - October 2015.

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The early bird...

Autumn mornings are just the best!

Lovely set of photos here from local photographer and RSPB volunteer, John Crispin.

The cranes out on Aller Moor from the River Parrett Trail footpath

History is made!

I am delighted to announce that some of the cranes released through the reintroduction project have raised their own chicks to fledging. This is the first time cranes have produced their own fledged young in the South West for over 400 years - quite an achievement!

 

One of the chicks  - flying for the first time! (photo John Crispin)

Diggers and Cranes

A 'hole' lot of work has been going on in Somerset over the last few weeks with contractors creating some areas where we hope, one day, pairs of cranes may breed.

 Creating a 'crane breeding zone'