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Flying in... 

Last week one of the cranes (not sure which one) was heard to utter a burbling, chirrupy call - nearly the distinctive crane bugle of the adult - but not quite!  Many of the cranes are now also making a goose-like teenage honking, as well as the distinctive cheep-cheep 'baby' begging and contact calls.  It is also incredible now to see how different they are all looking - something that will soon disappear as they develop the grey black and white uniform look of an adult bird.

Colour differentiation in two of the cranes
Sedge - A very dark, 'brown' crane infront of one of the more usual 'grey' ones.

Colour differentiation in young cranes
Minnie  - a very ginger-headed and 'brown' crane walking infront of Clarence, who is a pretty uniform grey and has recently developed a really dark forehead. 

Ruby's white wing patch
Ruby flying in to land, showing her unique white wing patch!

 

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Damon’s role is to act as the hub of the project - making sure everyone involved knows what is going on and that it is all running smoothly. He is also responsible for project community awareness work in Somerset, construction of the release enclosure, and running the post release monitoring work in Somerset.  Damon works alongside the RSPB reserve teams in Somerset.