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Diamond

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

Diamond
  • Yellow
  • White
  • Black

What is this?

Each crane has a unique combination of 3 coloured rings on their right leg. This marking code helps to identify the crane in the wild.

  • Sex: Female
  • Date of Hatching (birthday): 29 April, 2014
  • Date of Release: 25 August, 2014
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: 2017: 2 nesting attempts, the second successful with one chick.
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed
  • Paired with: Manfred

Character profile:

January 2015: As a chick Yellow White Black (Diamond) was a very big crane – but was also very gentle with it. She seemed to often be getting beaten up by White Yellow Black. She is the sibling of Yellow Red Black which hatched the same day.  She looked pretty crazy as she grew, retaining her ear tufts for longer than any of the other cranes, and exhibiting a mad 'hair' style.  She had some lovely, distinctive white speckling on her back - the only bird to look like this year but this has now moulted out as she has matured.  She remained part of the main flock through the winter, feeding on Southlake and Aller Moors. July 2015: Diamond has spent the spring and summer mainly feeding on Nortmoor (Aller) and Northmoor near East Lyng, and roosting most of the time on West Sedgemoor.  The whole non-breeding flock appear to be thriving on the Levels and Moors this year. February 2016: Diamond spent a rather unremarkable  autumn and winter of 2015/16 on the Somerset Levels and Moors spending time in a flock that fed on the whole across Wetmoor, Aller moor, and West Sedgemoor. She is likely to remain as part of the non-breeding flock through the coming Spring and Summer.  Nov 17:  Paired with Manfred and seen prospecting territory on West Sedgemoor, Somerset in April.  Their first nest was confirmed in early May and a visit after it was thought the birds had abandoned  revealed 3 eggs in the nest.  Incubation continued in this nest area but possibly on a new nest.  On 12th June behaviour indicating a hatch took place but it was impossible to see how many chicks.  At the end of June it was confirmed that one chick was present.  This chick was eventually ringed (Red Yellow Green) and radio tagged.  DNA testing showed the chick to be a female and it has been nick-named ‘ManDi’.  The family are now back with the flock for the winter.

Crane Champions

  • Woolavington Primary School
  • Sedgemoor District Council

Photos of Diamond

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