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Scores on the Doors, Success on the Moors.

Legend, Elle and their 2017 chick in flight.

  Legend, Elle, and their chick in flight. Aug 23rd 2017.

Echo-maker

 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES!

Reward increased to £2,000

A private, anonymous reward of £1,000 has been offered, ontop of the £1,000 offered by RSPB, for any information that leads to a conviction for the shooting of the crane, known as Swampy at the end of September this year.  Anybody with information should contact the Avon and Somerset Police quoting crime reference number 5216228321  

Swampy - Shot Dead

I have some very sad news to report.  The body of Swampy, a female crane, released through the Great Crane Project in 2011, was found by a local farmer in a maize field in late September.   The body was handed into the project team, and it was sent, as with any recovered dead crane, for a full post-mortem.   The post mortem found four embedded metallic objects by CT scan, one of which was located through examination and has been identified as gun-shot.  The conclusion is that the most likely cause of death was shooting.  The details hav

First, catch your crane...

On a quiet, still morning a week ago, four conservationists hid, crouched in the grasses and obscured by hawthorn hedges as the morning mist formed in the first light of dawn. After a wait of around an hour, a pair of cranes and their eight week old chick crept steadily from their night-time roost, stealthily and nervously walking out of the thick cover of reeds onto a short drove road.  From here they walked much more quickly out into an open field, recently grazed, gleaning early-morning insect morsels from the rush tops.  

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.

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)