Meet Monty from the Great Crane Project

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Cranes did not breed in the British Isles after 1653 until a pair reared a chick near the east coast in 1982. Ironically these are common cranes, or Eurasian cranes if you prefer. There are now around 70 birds in the east of England.
The Great Crane Project was set up to establish a new population in south west England. Since 2010 about 20 eggs per year have been imported from Germany. The chicks are reared at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust headquarters in Slimbridge (using techniques developed by the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin). The young birds are then released in a reserve in Somerset.
This spring several birds returned to Slimbridge, over 40 miles from the release point. One of them is Monty, who I saw there on May Day: his identity is confirmed by the colour rings on his legs.

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Monty and his mate Chris were the first of the cranes to build a nest, in a field at Slimbridge, conveniently close to one of the permanent hides. However they are too young to breed successfully, indeed May Day was Monty's third birthday. It was wonderful to watch him enjoying a bath.

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Photos with D300s, 500mm Nikkor and TC1.4.
Latest news - 10 eggs arrived from Germany on May 1st, 10 more due next week.

Alan
 

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