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Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

Black Green Black
  • Black
  • Green
  • Black

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): 3 May, 2014
  • Date of Release: 25 August, 2014
  • Tracking Tag: Satellite tracking
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Not yet

Character profile:

January 2015: As a chick, Black Green Black – (Cleg) (earlier colour tagged Yellow Green)  was rather an aggressive crane, with a fairly vindictive, spiteful and malicious nature.  He has grown into the most enormous of all this year's cranes - despite being one of the youngest. He is still hefty and a force to be reckoned with, but has also mellowed and lost some of his nasty side. His is the sibling of Green Yellow Black - who has sadly had to be taken into captivity due to cataracts on his eyes.  He has been fitted with a leg-mounted data-logger on his left leg which uses the mobile phone network to transmit data - it's quite obvious at a distance. The tag is coded CLEG03 and so he has become known as Cleg (nothing to do with the Liberal Democrats! ).  He was one of the 'Kingsmoor 9' - a breakway group of young 9 cranes and four older birds that spent most of December 2014 on Kingsmoor, whilst the rest of the birds were on Southlake and Aller Moors. July 2015: Cleg has spent the spring and summer mainly feeding on Nortmoor (Aller) and Northmoor near East Lyng, and roosting most of the time on West Sedgemoor.  The whole non-breeding flock appear to be thriving on the Levels and Moors this year. February 2016: Cleg spent a rather unremarkable  autumn and winter of 2015/16 on the Somerset Levels and Moors spending time in a flock that fed on the whole across Wetmoor, Aller moor, and West Sedgemoor. He is likely to remain as part of the non-breeding flock through the coming Spring and Summer. 

Photos of Cleg

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