Thursday, June 09, 2011

Grus grus again....

After a quick look this a.m. to see if the local Crane was still present,i dropped her indoors off at work and made my way down to Saxby bridge by the river Ancholme.Sure enough as i arrived the 2nd calendar year Common Crane was still present and in the same set-aside as the previous days sightings.The bird gave great views as it fed and preened in what seems to be a harvested maize field,it's plumage was also interesting to note,as the only immature bird i have ever seen,was my first,which flew south over Covenham Res on the 30th April 1990 and i didn't really get chance to study that birds plumage characters.The head pattern was quite well developed,being basically a shadow of the adults and the upperparts were just grey,but the tertials were not the big bush of feathers as on the adult birds.After watching this fine bird and also enjoying watching a hunting Hobby and a couple of Common Buzzard, i made my way home,an enjoyable hour or so!.

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