Skip to Main Content


Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

White Yellow White
  • White
  • Yellow
  • White

What is this?

Each crane has a unique combination of 3 coloured rings on their right leg. This marking code helps to identify the crane in the wild.

  • Sex: Male
  • Date of Hatching (birthday): 26 April, 2011
  • Date of Release: 22 August, 2011
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: Missing since October 2013, presumed deceased.
  • Life Status: Deceased
  • Champion Status: Championed

Character profile:

June 2011:  Charlie is a timid crane who has formed quite a stable cohort early on with Pepper and White Black. He loves the water though and spends more time in it than most. He has no siblings. He has become braver over the last few weeks and likes exploring.  A happy little chap! August 2011: Charlie has developed into a handsome bird and alongside Red Yellow is one of the largest birds. He is also one of the most dominant but only shows this is another bird tries to fight, othewise he is very calm and tolerant! He still likes water a lot and also is often chasing dragonflies and practising flying! October 2011: Charlie has settled in well to the Somerset crane way of life, and now makes up one of the 34 cranes regularly seen out feeding and frolicking on Aller moor. September 2012: Charlie has adapted well to life with the Somerset flock and he and his cohort are all behaving as naturally as any wild cranes.  They have spent the summer feeding on the un-seasonally flooded grasslands of the Moors and Levels in small fragmented groups, but as autumn rolls in they are starting to flock again and follow the harvest, hoovering up any spilt and wasted grain in the fields. October 2013: Charlie went missing quite unexpectedly in October 2013 - and has not been seen since. His radio tag was no longer working – and we have no idea what happened to him. 

Crane Champions

  • The King Alfred Inn, Burrowbridge
The King Alfred Inn

Photos of Charlie

← Return to the 'Meet the Cranes' page to view more crane profiles