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Life on a Knife's Edge

Bugling Away

The last couple of Months have been a very busy time indeed for the cranes.  

   Photo - John Crispin

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.

This could be the start of something wonderful....

....read all about it at these links! 

https://cranesandcommunities.wordpress.com/

http://somersetartworks.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/cranes-and-communities/

 ...and come along on to the Willow and Wetlands Centre in Stoke St. Gregory on  Saturday 12th December to find out more

Finding love in the Fens

Beatrice and unringed partner

 

 Beatrice & partner Ouse Washes, Cambs. Photo Garth Peacock.

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Seeing Cranes in Somerset

  Photo - Kevin Harris.  (Thank you!)

50+ Cranes on the Somerset Levels and Moors - October 2015.

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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 ...