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Elizabeth Royal

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Elizabeth Royal
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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: Female
  • Date of Hatching (birthday): 22 April, 2012
  • Date of Release: 18 September, 2012
  • Tracking Tag: Satellite tracking
  • Status: Paired with Phelps: 2016 Made 2 nesting attempts, both failed. 2017 Made 1 nesting attempt - failed early in incubation. 2018 Made 3 nesting attempts - all failed at egg stage 2019: No known breeding attempt. 2020: One breeding attempt and hatched one chick, later lost. 2021: One successful breeding attempt but the 2 chicks lost before fledge. 2022: One successful breeding attempt with 1 chick fledged.
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed
  • Paired with: Phelps

Character profile:

September 2012: Elizabeth Royal is a very pale grey bird, and we think she is the most beautiful of them all this year. As well as looking good, she is also very good natured. She is not a very dominant bird, but is still a bold individual within the group and likes to explore and forage.  For a short period she was one of the largest chicks, but has since been eclipsed by most of the 2012 cohort, and now looks rather petite in comparison.  She adapted well to life in the release enclosure in Somerset, and has been thoroughly enjoying the abundance of insect life.  January 2012: As autumn turned to winter, the cranes began to flock together to look for food, which they found in plentiful supply in the form of maize left in fields from the harvest.  All 48 have been spending most of their time either feeding in the maize stubble or on Stan Moor, completely unperturbed by the surrounding floodwater.  January 2014: 2013 was a largely uneventful and peaceful year for Elizabeth, spending the spring and summer on Aller moor and West Sedgemoor, the autumn feeding in and around the Stoke St. Gregory Ridge and Stanmoor and the winter flood period on Stanmoor pasture, pulling up worms as part of a large flock.  July 2015: In April 2014, Elizabeth flew up to Slimbridge where she spent just under a month before heading back to the Levels and Moors for the summer through to the winter.  Almost a year later at the end of March 2015 she once again visited Slimbridge where she spent some of the spring, but was also back in Somerset for periods of time.  Her current whereabouts are unknown and we hope to locate her again as the autumn rolls on. 2015 is the summer that she is due to moult, and it is quite possible that she is one of a small number of birds that are creeping about like ghosts on West Sedgemoor at the moment – whilst waiting for her flight feathers to re-grow.  February 2016:  In September 2015 Elizabeth Royal was seen once again on the Moors, presumably post-moult, and remained in Somerset throughout the rest of the year.  Maybe she'll pair up this year - but currently we're not aware of any suitors...    July 16: Remained at Slimbridge and seen as a pair with Phelps during February. 1 st incubation started sometime in April but failed on 7/8 May, cause unknown. 2 nd incubation started on 19 th May in the 100acre area but was abandoned after 24 days. No further attempts were made.    Nov 17:  Elizabeth paired with Phelps  at Slimbridge in late February.  They were still together on 20th March but not settled anywhere in particular. It was reported that this pair had prepared but then abandoned a nest.  They were back feeding with the flock soon after.  They were stilltogether at end of June but no further attempts at nesting were observed.  Has been seen at Slimbridge and in Somerset in the Autumn.    Sept 18:  Phelps paired with Elizabeth and remained at WWT Slimbridge but observed in Somerset in late March with Elizabeth.  They made one nesting attempt in early April which failed after a short period.  The second attempt started on 30th April and failed again after about 16 days.   A third and final attempt started on 7th June and again failed at an early stage.   In late August they were back with the Slimbridge flock.    Sept 2019: Elizabeth and Phelps remained at WWT Slimbridge throughout the winter and were last observed there in February 2019.  They then disappeared and it was hoped they were prospecting for a nest site.  However, they reappeared in August without young so it cannot be confirmed whether they did attempt to breed and failed or gave this year a miss.    2020:  Elizabeth remained at WWT Slimbridge through the Spring and made breeding attempt with Phelps, hatching one chick.  Sadly the chick did not survive – cause unknown.  Elizabeth and Phelps have been observed with the flock at WWT Slimbridge during the Autumn.    Sept 2021:   Elizabeth and Phelps were observed at WWT Slimbridge and on West Sedgemoor, Somerset from January to March.  Reported nesting at Slimbridge by 28th April.  Not seen until they hatched two chicks on 16th May.   Chicks later lost - cause unknown.   They have been observed at Slimbridge in September.   Autumn:  Elizabeth and Phelps were observed at WWT Slimbridge and on West Sedgemoor from January to March.  Reported incubating on 27th March and hatched 1, possibly 2, chicks but only one successfully fledged.  They have been observed together at Slimbridge during the Autumn with a small flock of cranes.






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