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Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

Yellow Blue Yellow
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Yellow

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): 14 May, 2013
  • Date of Release: 12 September, 2013
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: Deceased, March 2014.
  • Life Status: Deceased
  • Champion Status: Championed

Character profile:

June 2013: Sven is quite calm and passive, except when he comes to interacting with Stanley, with whom he seems to constantly fight.  Nicknamed Sven on account of the Yellow Blue Yellow colours of the Swedish flag, Sven came from a double clutch, but his sibling egg was left for his German parents to rear.  He was the last egg to be collected in 2013.  He has been fitted with a GPS backpack data logger. January 2014: Sven was released in mid September and 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. March 2014: On March 8th Sven was spotted with his wing drooping by his side, and all alone on the moors.  He was caught and taken to the RSPCA for examination.  Sadly his injury was so severe, he had to be put down.  It is unclear exactly what the cause of the injury was - but it is possible it was a bite from a predator - perhaps a fox in the night, or a collision with power-lines or a fence. 

Crane Champions

  • Heaven's Gate Farm
  • National Animal Welfare Trust

Photos of Sven

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