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Feathers and flight

This week it is really noticeable how quickly the cranes are starting to grow their proper feathers. On a windy day some of the larger birds are starting to jump into the air with wings stretched and show the feathers protruding from the sheaths. This picture shows blue/yellow/white's primary feathers appearing and the one below is white/green/white's tail feathers coming through.

The Old Order Changeth...?

  Tamsin, Reg, Sedge and Monty in April (John Crispin)

Forming cohorts and tussling with plantain

A short video taken last week of Amy with three of the cranes B3, B4 and B5, starting to form a stable cohort.

Chick B3 (nicknamed Charlie) is the one in the water.  He/She is quite a water baby!

Below is a short video taken on the same day of Chick C5 trying to eat one of the plantain seed heads.... giving up, and going foraging instead.

Fluff balls with fabulous ear tufts

  Wonderful photo taken by Marie-Ann D'Aloia, working for the project at the Crane School rearing facility this spring - Thanks Marie-Ann!

Fluffy crane chick-flicks

Here's a short video of Amy walking 'Swampy' last week.  The chicks need regular excercise and are walked at least twice a day at this stage, but walked individually, as they exhibit a lot of natural aggression to each other and need to be kept apart.  Its amazing that they turn into such a sociable bird!

More baby cranes

 Chick 31 (White Blue)

Siesta

A lovely moment captured by project volunteers Kevin Harris.  Some of the group of eighteen were seen napping in the afternoon sun.

There are four keeping an eye out whilst six take a siesta.  Can you spot all of them?

Four go exploring.

  Spring Time Cranes in Somerset. (John Crispin)

Easter Egg Collection 2011 - Done!

  Amy, Beate and Damon collecting the last egg of the season.

Easter Eggs

easter egg

Easter means one thing for the crane project - CRANE EGGS!  The team have just arrived in Brandenburg Germany, to set up the incubation room in readiness for the next round of egg collection, with the first batch of eggs bound for the UK on April 21st - just before Easter.