A Siege of Cranes and a Spring of Teal...

At this time of year one can come away a tad disappointed from Slimbridge WWT as the Swans, Pochard and Pintails have not yet arrived.

However, a sunny day beckoned abd there is always the chance of something....

As expected, the lakes and ponds were somewhat `quiet` but the male teal shone beautifully in the Autumn sunlight and those stars of conservation, the European Cranes performed to perfection: at one point there were TEN of these majestic birds in view at once from The Zeiss Hide! A siege (or herd or sedge) indeed...

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The views of pairs of birds calling and dancing in front of the hide will take a long time to forget (or surpass).

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Successes like this give one a little hope for the long-term future of our wildlife...

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