Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Common Cranes

Last night, whilst surfing the web I came across some very interesting news that saw me driving down to The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust's Slimbridge reserve today to see a pair of Common Cranes that are attempting to breed!

The birds in front of Martin Smith Hide
The WWT have been working with several other wildlife organisations as part of the Great Crane Project to breed and release Common Cranes back into south west England for several years now. 

The pair, that are nest building right in front of one of the centre's hides, were raised at Slimbridge and released in the Somerset Levels 3 years ago. They returned to Slimbridge during the winter with another 5 birds, which are also still present on site, and started to build a nest. Here are a few photos of the birds.

Male bird displaying
Close up!
As well as these amazing birds I also added a few other species to the year list, including a couple of summer migrants:

104 – Common Crane
105- Water Rail
106 –Sand Martin
107 – Swallow
108 - Pintail
One last picture today of a Little Egret that too was feeding right in front of one of the hides. Gorgeous bird!
Little Egret

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