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Schools Crane Twinning Project!

In his last blog Damon talked about his recent visit to Brandenburg in Germany which is the area where the crane eggs that are brought to Slimbridge come from so the Great Crane project has very important links with the team and area out there.

Catchers in the Rye

I have just returned from a wonderful week in the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve, Brandenburg, Germany  - helping the team there to catch and ring wild crane chicks. 

     

Eberhard and myself with a young crane            Cornflowers in the Rye crops

Monty & Chris' chick is getting big!

Monty with chick

 Monty with his chick - late May.

Monty and Chris, the pair of released cranes that have successfully nested at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire this year are currently very busy rearing a feisty young crane that will soon be 20 days old!  The young bird is one of two that hatched from Monty and Chris's clutch on 17th May.  Sadly, its sibling was taken by a fox at around 1 week old.

Manfred takes a trip

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Somerset's very own soap opera

The cranes have been VERY busy over the last couple of weeks.

 Tamsin on Timmy - Early March 2014

We have seen some of last year's pairings continuing to flourish, some couples spiltting, some rather 'modern' trios of birds forming, a number of new romances blossoming as well as a good number of fleeting dalliancies. 

Love is in the air

... and it's not even February yet!

Wonderful photos here of Monty and Chris mating, and Ruby and Sedge having a bit of a stand-off, taken by Paul George, from the BBC - a huge thankyou for sharing with us.

 Monty & Chris mating - 11th Jan 2014

Crane monitoring

In the last couple of weeks the team have been closely monitoring the chicks as they integrate with the older birds. There have been some wonderful interactions taking place and now most of the chicks seem to have been accepted as part of the group. It is wonderful to see them looking so at home on the levels and moors. Here are a few images from the monitoring sessions.

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!