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Through the doorway to eternity

 Yellow Red Yellow enjoying its first taste of freedom.

In the week that saw the Voyager spacecraft leave the Solar system and become the first ever man-made object to enter inter-stellar space  -  a similar epic moment has occured here on the Levels and Moors.

Legs that go on forever....

  Some legs! Bird Green White Yellow - or D1

Spent a marvellous morning with the cranes and team at Slimbridge this week, taking the next batch of photos for the website.

  Blue White Yellow - B4

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55 days and counting!

 The baby of the bunch - Black Green Yellow

I visited the team up at Slimbridge rearing the cranes on Friday.  The chicks are all doing really well - and looked in fine fettle.

  One of the noisiest ... begging away!

Othery school gets creative

 

24 cranes-a-growing

Chick D6

 With chick D6 - the youngest at 20 days old

Oldest cranes reach a critical point in their lives

Crane Roost site on the Levels and Moors

  Typical summer roost site on the Levels & Moors

Fantastic News.... Monty and Chris are incubating!

We have some wonderful news to share.

Egg Collection now complete

The 2013, and penultimate year of egg collection has now been completed, with the last 14 eggs arriving back at the Great Crane Project rearing facility at Slimbridge in the early hours of Sat 11th May.  Hatching is now happening thick and fast with over 1/3 of the eggs having now turned into hungry little chicks.   We expect that the hatching period will be over by around 22nd May.   Amy, Harry, Claire and Tan will now be very busy!  Keep your eye on the GCP facebook pages for lots of cute chick photos!   And h

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R.I.P. D2

  Green Yellow Blue in September 2012.

The first of the Great Crane Project birds display nesting behaviour!

In the last couple of days there has been a great deal of excitment at WWT Slimbridge. Two of the four birds which have been visiting the WWT reserve reguarly in the last few months have started to show signs of nest building! We are exceptionally lucky that they have chosen to do this right infront of one of the bird hides so we can watch the process without disturbing them!