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Field Notes from Germany - collection continues

Roland and Beate

A busy day collecting. Photos below show Beate Blahy from Vielfalt Biosphere and Pensthorpes' Roland Digby collecting eggs in a feldsoll (field hollow), the mill pool at dawn, RSPB's Richard Archer and the RSPB's film crew in the swamp.  Finally a picture of egg 21 .... Collected and ready for incubation.

Watch the first tiny crane steps

Today we managed to catch some video footage of this crane chick's first steps after it had hatched.

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Cranes hit the news!

crane chick

The arrival and hatching of young cranes appears to have caught the eye of the press this past couple of days with some excellent news coverage.

Field notes from Germany

Alder swamp

A selection of photos from our latest adventures here in Brandenburg. An alder swamp and view across Biosphere Reserve from a drumlin (A post glacial morain that forms a small hill).

And finally....Beate collecting eggs and a crane in a typical nesting site outside of the forest in a feldsol (a pingo...or wet swampy hollow formed at the end of the ice age as the permafrost melted).

Watch the first crane eggs hatching

Just a few short hours after an epic 17 hour road trip from Germany the first eight crane chicks have successfully hatched at the special crane rearing facility at WWT Slimbridge.

Only hours after arriving the first chick hatched, followed by seven more, to the surprise and delight of me and crane ‘mummy’ Amy who had been anxiously awaiting their arrival at Slimbridge.

The next few days should see more chicks hatch at WWT Slimbridge. But in the meantime, you can share with us the special moments when the first cranes hatched!

Damon arrives in Germany

Arrived at the mill finally after an 18 hour journey by taxi, train, tube, plane, subway, highspeed train, slow train, and a lift in the crane truck courtesy of richard. All pretty smooth...especially the high speed train - known as the ice train. ( intercontinental express ). Loved Berlin station a real shrine to minimalism and industrial architecture. Also loved the doubledecker slow train...what a great way to pack in more passengers whilst giving them fantastic views!

The first eggs hatch!

seven eggs

The first crane chicks destined to be released into the wild later this year as part of the Great Crane Project, have successfully hatched at WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, just a few short hours after an epic 17 hour road trip.

Amy has been busy looking after the new chicks.