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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): 25 April, 2011
  • Date of Release: 22 August, 2011
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: Paired with Elle. 2014: One nest attempted but nest failed during incubation (5 days). 2015: 1st nest failed during incubation (15 days). 2nd nest failed during incubation (9 days). 2016: Made 3 nesting attempts, all failed. 2017: Made 1 successful nesting attempt producing 2 chicks, one of which fledged. 2018: 2 nesting attempts. First failed at egg stage. The 2nd produced at least 1-2 chicks, one of which fledged. 2019: One successful breeding attempt fledging one chick. 2020: No evidence of a breeding attempt. 2021: Two breeding attempts - ultimately successful with 1 chick. 2022: Two breeding attempts - ultimately successful with 1 chick fledged.
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed

Character profile:

May 2011: Very soon after he was introduced to the exercise pen, Legend developed an obsession with the flower-heads of plantain. He’s the sibling of Timmy-Clef and hatched the same day.  It is last in the line up in the A block at the rearing facility. June 2011: Legend is a fairly nervy crane, who prefers its own company, rather than being part of a group.  His obsession with plantain seems less severe now! August 2011: Legend has grown into a smart bird and has become much more a part of the group. He hangs around with another male bird, Pepper, quite a lot and is always foraging and chasing insects. September 2011: Legend was one of the first birds to integrate/attach itself to the 2010 birds - and has even been roosting with them on occasions outside of the release pen. He was quite a clingy bird for a while around the suited aviculturalists - but perhaps this clinginess is a good trait as he certainly seems to stick like glue to the older birds, even though he gets beaten up a bit by them! September 2012: Legend has adapted well to life within 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, hoovering up any spilt and wasted grain in farmer's fields post harvest. January 2014: 2013 was largely uneventful for Legend, spending the spring and summer on Aller Moor and West Sedgemoor and the winter very much as part of a tight-knit flock on Stanmoor, near Stoke-St.Gregory. We hope that he will pair up this year, although at 3 years old he is still quite young to make a breeding attempt, but he's certainly a fine looking bird so who knows! August 2014: Legend paired up with Elle (another 2011 year bird) in mid March - and the pair were seen frequently together on West Sedgemoor throughout March and into April.  On 15th April the two birds were seen apparently incubating eggs, and continued to incubate for the next five days. However, in the morning of the 6th day they were off their nest and in the afternoon the site was visited to find it empty. We assume that something took the egg or eggs at night.  The pair remained together and were seen mating again later in the month.  However, in early May Legend appeared to pick up some kind of leg injury and he became a bit of a loner.   We think it is likely that he then moulted, as he disappeared for a while, but has recently been seen well, and without a limp.  Perhaps he an Elle will try again in 2015.  July 2015: Legend stayed on the Somerset Levels and Moors through the autumn and winter, and in early spring occupied a territory on West Sedgemoor with Elle.  The pair began their incubation on 13th April and they incubated for 15 days before losing their clutch at night.  They re-laid after a gap of 16 days on 14th May and this nest was incubated for the next 9 days until the pair were again seen off their nest first thing in the morning, and no longer incubating.  Presumably they lost both their clutches to a nocturnal predator of some kind.  February 2016: Legend remained in Somerset through the winter of 2015/16.  An unidentified pair of cranes were back on the same territory they occupied in 2015 in early 20-2016 - and this is thought be Legend & Elle.  We hope to confirm this soon.  July 16: Returned last year’s territory on West Sedgemoor early in the New Year. The 1 st Incubation started on 4th April. The nest failed due to predation by either fox or badger. A 2 nd attempt was made in early May but failed after 8 days possibly predated by an otter. A 3 rd attempt -  again in the same area – was predated by an otter after 14 days.    Nov 17:    Legend returned to last year’s territory on West Sedgemoor with Elle in February and they were seen there until the end of March.  Incubation started on 9th April and went full term with hatch taking place on 9th-10th May.  Two chicks were confirmed on 14th May.  The family were seen regularly ranging over a wide area to feed.  Towards the end of June attempts to ring and radio tag the chicks were made, but were unsuccessful.   On 7th July it was observed that only one chick was with the parents.  The reason for the loss of the second chick is unknown.  The remaining chick has now reached fledging age.   Legend and Elle were incredibly elusive during chick rearing and it is thought that at least one of the adults was in moult during this period.  The family rejoined the flock in the Autumn.    Sept18:     Paired with Elle and seen in their territory throughout February and March.  Incubation thought to have started on 8th April but failed between 14th and 17th April. Back in their territory on 20th April they were sitting by 23rd April (although with a very different nest site location).  Hatch occurred on 23rd May and the family remained close to the nest to feed but were well hidden by dense vegetation.  They were thought to have failed as they went ‘off the radar’ for a while during the summer - but they were seen with one nearly-fledged juvenile in August.   The chick went on to fledge successfully.     Sept 2019:   Paired with Elle and seen frequently in their territory on West Sedgemoor, Somerset throughout the winter.  Incubation started on 29th March and hatch took place on 30th April but it was not possible to see whether one or two chicks were present.  Both parents were observed with one juvenile subsequently.  The single juvenile fledged on 9th July and the family rejoined the flock in August.    2020:  Observed with Elle on territory on West Sedgemoor in March but not again until June when the pair were observed with no chicks.  It is possible that they made a failed breeding attempt.  Legend has been observed with the flock on West Sedgemoor in Autumn.    :  Sept 2021:  Legend and Elle were observed on West Sedgemoor, Somerset during January and March and a nest was confirmed on 17th March. The location was difficult to monitor.  Legend was observed feeding alone on 22nd March but the first nest had failed.  A second nest confirmed c19th April.  The pair were still sitting on 30th April.   They appeared to have hatched by 25th May but at the start of June it was difficult to find them so the number of chicks was unknown.  However, they were photographed in the air with 1 fledged juvenile and observed on territory in September.   Autumn 2022:  Legend with Elle remained on West Sedgemoor, Somerset Levels and Moors during the winter and began incubation on their first nest on 25th March.  However, this attempt failed around the time of hatch and a second nest was started in early June.  I chick was hatched and reared to fledge.  The family are regularly observed on W Sedgemoor with the flock.            

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