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Finding their feet

Wonderful photos here from local photographer Robin Morrison of Swampy & Alexander's two chicks from 2015 taken at the tail end of February on the Somerset Levels and Moors.

 With Waterwing - a 2013 female behind...

The youngsters have been looked after all winter by their parents who have now headed off back to their breeding area, leaving the chicks with some of the younger, unpaired birds from the release project.

 Here with Phelps - a 2012 male - in the background

 ...and finally - standing its ground with Bird 100 - Century, ringed White Yellow Black and Phelps again, behind.

Many many thanks to Robin Morrison for sharing these.

With many adults paired up and starting to look for nest sites - a gentle reminder to be very very wary of causing disturbance to any pairs of cranes at this crucial time.  Please just observe through a telescope or binoculars from a vantage point 300- 500m is a safe distance.

Thank you. 

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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.