Returning common cranes to the Somerset Levels

IN 2013 I was privileged to be asked by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to photograph a huge event – the releasing back onto the Somerset Levels a dozen or so common cranes, the first to return to the levels in 400 years.

Having to dress with a grey tent over my head in order to resemble a mother crane made it very awkward looking through the camera lens and a black mesh face guard.

Watching the birds being released, I realised that it was the first time they had flown and obviously it will be the first time they landed – and yes there were a few dodgy touch downs but nothing serious.

The cranes are doing well with numbers increasing year on year. Money well spent.

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