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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.

New feathers

Tail feathers

A few have even taken to running from one side of the enclosure to the other whilst leaping into the air along the way, wings outstretched. It doesn’t look particularly graceful like their predecessors down in Somerset, but they still while to develop properly!

running crane

 

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