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For the rain it raineth, every day.

 

The view from Redhill, Curry Rivel over West Sedgemoor and Aller Moor beyond, Jan 6th 2014

View from Seven bends road across Kings Sedgemoor Jan 6th 2014

2014: What a Welcome....

 The River Parrett at Stathe - Jan 2nd 2014

A beautiful day today tracking down the cranes for their monthly head-count.  The group was finally located down on Stanmoor, tucked in close to the railway line, in flooded pasture - feeding along the water's edge and in some slightly less-flooded fields - presumably on soil invertebrates pushed up by the rising water-tables.

Winter Wildlife Tours at the heart of Somerset's Crane Country.

 Cranes over Burrow Mump, near Stathe, Somerset.

If you fancy a short-winter break in Somerset, experiencing all the wonderful wildlife that Somerset has to offer over the Winter Months - Walkers Farm Cottages are offering some top-class, cosy accommdation, plus a local wildlife guide and arranged access to nearby RSPB reserves.  All with views like this from just outside the door too!   

The early bird...

...gets the worm!   

Amazing footage of three of the Great Crane Project's cranes from one of the hides at WWT Slimbridge captured early morning....

http://youtu.be/pooUxUEXYHI

 

Photo of the Week !

Just found out a photo of Chris and Monty, taken at WWT Slimbridge, has made Bird Guides - Photo of the Week... See link  http://www.birdguides.com/iris/pictures.asp?mode=potw&menu=menu_media

Cracking photo!  

Autumn comes to the moors

Autumns rusty pallet tints the trees, as the cranes cruise around looking for maize stubble.

In the stubble... searching for maize kernels and worms

Snap the crane

  White Blue Yellow - Snap

Special preparations are being made for one of this year's cohort - White Blue Yellow - nicknamed 'Snap'.

Wild Naked Legs and wandering cranes

 60 cranes in flight over Somerset - October 2013

Duck Decoy becomes Crane Breeding Zone

The Great Crane Project has been working with a farming family near Cossington, on Somerset Levels and Moors to convert an 18th century duck decoy and Scheduled Ancient Monument, into a potential crane breeding zone.  

   Starting to fill up through the sluice.

Through the doorway to eternity

 Yellow Red Yellow enjoying its first taste of freedom.

In the week that saw the Voyager spacecraft leave the Solar system and become the first ever man-made object to enter inter-stellar space  -  a similar epic moment has occured here on the Levels and Moors.