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Manfred

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

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  • Green
  • Red
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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): 15 May, 2013
  • Date of Release: 12 September, 2013
  • Tracking Tag: Satellite tracking
  • Status: Alive, possibly paired with Waterwing, no breeding attempts. 2016: No known nesting attempts
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed
  • Paired with: Waterwing

Character profile:

June 2013: As a young chick Manfred was incredibly nervous of both costumed parents and other birds, but is gaining confidence and integrating well into the flock of younger cranes.  Manfred is the sibling of Stowford - a pair of brothers.  One of Harry's favourites he has developed the nickname Manfred.  Manfred has been fitted with a state-of-the-art leg mounted GPS datalogger which will track his movements around the moors. January 2014: Manfred quickly integrated with the older birds, spending the autumn foraging with the flock on West Sedgemoor, along the Stoke St. Gregory ridge, and the winter on splashy pasture land on Stanmoor near the village of Stoke St. Gregory. The deep and prolonged flooding that affected the Levels and Moors through December and January does not seem to have had much of an effect on the new cohorts' welfare or integration. May 2014: Manfred, along with another bird - unidentified -  took a trip up to Staffordshire in early May.  Manfred is fitted with a working GPS Eco-tone data logger (which is a good job) as his movements were able to be closely monitored.  He returned after a few days and then remained in with the main non-breeding and non-moulting flock on the Somerset Levels and Moors throughout the year.  His GPS Ecotone logger has been invaluable in recording the location of the birds roosting sites - which sometimes often move in the middle of the night.  July 2015: Manfred flew to Slimbridge in early spring 2015 but soon returned to Somerset where he as spent the rest of the spring and summer spending much of his time on Northmoor (Aller), Northmoor near East Lyng and West Sedgemoor as part of a large non-breeding flock.  February 2016: Manfred  spent all the autumn and winter of 2015/16 on the Somerset Levels and Moors spending time in the main flock largely on Wetmoor, Aller moor, and West Sedgemoor. He appears to have struck up a relationship with Waterwing.  Perhaps the onset of Spring will see the pair head off and make a breeding attempt somewhere. July 16: Early in the year she was seen with Waterwing on Wetmoor in Somerset but there is no evidence of nest preparation this season.

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Photos of Manfred

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