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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.  

Sad news from WWT Slimbridge

Bad news from WWT Slimbridge on their Slimbridge Sightings twitter page

BABY CRANE UPDATE - Well some sad news to report this morning. Our Crane chick on the Rushy has not made it. Let's hope they do better next year.

Initial post mortem results on the baby Crane show underlying lung & kidney disease were the cause of death.

Two parents, one chick so far

Monty and Sedge are proving to be good parents with one chick already. They keep returning to egg number two so fingers crossed!  Keeping watching http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/experience/webcam/

Success at WWT Slimbridge!

WWT Slimbridge confirmed that they have a crane chick! One of the team photographed it this morning and they are waiting to confirm but based on second hand information it looks like it could be 24-36 hours old.  Keep watching for the second chick it is addictive viewing!

http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/experience/webcam/

A disappointing week

Having watched and waited eagerly for the ‘happy event’ due last weekend for Timmy and Michaela, disaster struck.   Evidence at the nest suggested that a chick had hatched but either died or was predated soon after. The parent birds were seen in the fields nearby feeding the following day. Such a shame to get so far but it is possible they could try for a third time.

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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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