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A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step....

Sadly - it would appear that so far -  this year's crane nesting attempts on the Somerset Levels and Moors have not produced any chicks.

  Timmy & Michaela's empty nest

Fighting spirit!

Gerald goes for Wiz

Lovely sequence of shots taken on Saturday morning by photographer and RSPB volunteer John Crispin.

 

1. Gerald on the right - off to beat up rival male Wiz... far left ...

Songs and Signs

...well perhaps not so much a song, as a noisy bugling noise.....

 Photo - Kevin Harris

Despite the cold frosty mornings, signs of Spring are all around and quite a few pairs of cranes are starting to form here on the Somerset Levels and Moors.

End of an Aussie era.

Harry on West Sedgemoor - February 2014

 

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Whole lotta buglin' going on

 

 Photo - John Crispin.

Amazing sights and sounds here in Somerset... with lots of ritual strutting and bugling going on...

The cranes have been mostly on Wetmoor in recent days... best viewed  from the public footpath that runs along the South side of the River Yeo to the East of Langport.

" The Flying V "

Giant Moles

It looks like there have been a plague of giant moles on the RSPB's West Sedgemoor Reserve at the moment.

 Access track with drying piles of spoil

The Final Chapter

White Yellow Black taking off

 White Yellow Black - taking off

On Tuesday we released the final batch of 17 cranes into the Levels & Moors.

 Leading the group out of the pens

The Final Chapter

White Yellow Black taking off

 White Yellow Black - taking off

On Tuesday we released the final batch of 17 cranes into the Levels & Moors.

 Leading the group out of the pens

The diggers are coming....

 

Spent a while this morning in the tractor, preparing the ground in readiness for contractors to start work creating a potential crane breeding zone at the heart of the West Sedgemoor RSPB reserve.

 The topper