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Friends Reunited

  Sedge feeding in pasture, early March, 2011

AWOL....but eating worms!

Found out where the cranes were last Saturday...they were feasting on worms, brought to the surface by a slurry irrigation system.  It's so great to see the birds being resourceful and discovering sources of food such as this - fantastic stuff!

Cranes AWOL on Saturday

  The Somerset Eighteen - Sunday Morning, Aller Moor. KH.

Longest flight ever...

The cranes were very unsettled yesterday and were at one point actually up in the air for around twenty minutes - the longest flight we have seen them make since release.  The weather was very warm, the sun was out, insects were buzzing and the sap was rising....perhaps they were checking out their next move, or just full of the joys of Spring.    

Attention all photographers...


We have just set up a Flickr group for those photographers out there keen to share their photos of the Somerset cranes with the rest of the world!

Simply go to sign up to the group and upload your images!

Heralds of Spring

Returning cranes, Brandenburg.

  Returning cranes. Heralds of the coming Spring, Brandenburg.

Stars of Radio 4

The cranes were once again media stars last week - featuring on the fabulous Radio 4 programme "Saving Species" - Listen again via the BBC site and find out how they have been fairing through the harshest December on record  - follow this link:


  Flying in... 

Tough old birds!

  Flying over Oath Lock (Paul Hockey)

A brief respite

cranes in flight with mud on their feet

  Mennis, Michael (with the white face) Tamsin, and two other unidentifiable cranes in flight with mud on their feet! Photo: Kevin Harris