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Success at WWT Slimbridge!

WWT Slimbridge confirmed that they have a crane chick! One of the team photographed it this morning and they are waiting to confirm but based on second hand information it looks like it could be 24-36 hours old.  Keep watching for the second chick it is addictive viewing!

http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/experience/webcam/

A disappointing week

Having watched and waited eagerly for the ‘happy event’ due last weekend for Timmy and Michaela, disaster struck.   Evidence at the nest suggested that a chick had hatched but either died or was predated soon after. The parent birds were seen in the fields nearby feeding the following day. Such a shame to get so far but it is possible they could try for a third time.

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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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)

Whole lotta buglin' going on

 

 Photo - John Crispin.

Amazing sights and sounds here in Somerset... with lots of ritual strutting and bugling going on...

The cranes have been mostly on Wetmoor in recent days... best viewed  from the public footpath that runs along the South side of the River Yeo to the East of Langport.

Where are they now?

Through November, the group of around 70 birds in Somerset broke up into smaller units with birds being seen on maize stubbles and pasture near the river Yeo to the east of Long Load, on Aller Moor and on Southlake Moor. A group of around 40 have started regularly visiting Aller Moor where the banks of the River Parrett give an elevated position and better chance of seeing them. Try walking part of the River Parrett trail between Oath footbridge and Willow Bridge at Stathe.

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