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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

History is made!

I am delighted to announce that some of the cranes released through the reintroduction project have raised their own chicks to fledging. This is the first time cranes have produced their own fledged young in the South West for over 400 years - quite an achievement!

 

One of the chicks  - flying for the first time! (photo John Crispin)

Diggers and Cranes

A 'hole' lot of work has been going on in Somerset over the last few weeks with contractors creating some areas where we hope, one day, pairs of cranes may breed.

 Creating a 'crane breeding zone'

A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step....

Sadly - it would appear that so far -  this year's crane nesting attempts on the Somerset Levels and Moors have not produced any chicks.

  Timmy & Michaela's empty nest

Fighting spirit!

Gerald goes for Wiz

Lovely sequence of shots taken on Saturday morning by photographer and RSPB volunteer John Crispin.

 

1. Gerald on the right - off to beat up rival male Wiz... far left ...

Songs and Signs

...well perhaps not so much a song, as a noisy bugling noise.....

 Photo - Kevin Harris

Despite the cold frosty mornings, signs of Spring are all around and quite a few pairs of cranes are starting to form here on the Somerset Levels and Moors.

End of an Aussie era.

Harry on West Sedgemoor - February 2014

 

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Whole lotta buglin' going on

 

 Photo - John Crispin.

Amazing sights and sounds here in Somerset... with lots of ritual strutting and bugling going on...

The cranes have been mostly on Wetmoor in recent days... best viewed  from the public footpath that runs along the South side of the River Yeo to the East of Langport.

Happy Christmas from the Great Crane Project!

Where are they now?

Through November, the group of around 70 birds in Somerset broke up into smaller units with birds being seen on maize stubbles and pasture near the river Yeo to the east of Long Load, on Aller Moor and on Southlake Moor. A group of around 40 have started regularly visiting Aller Moor where the banks of the River Parrett give an elevated position and better chance of seeing them. Try walking part of the River Parrett trail between Oath footbridge and Willow Bridge at Stathe.

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