|Eurasian Crane Pair (Grus grus)|
So, here are the facts:
|Trotting along the grass|
- They are a very localised bird only living, in the Summer, in the Centre of Norfolk. I don't know where the Wintering birds go but I guess they're just dotted around.
- There are only about 11 breeding pairs in the UK and they must will be concentrated in Norfolk.
- They are lucky enough to be joined by 30 other birds in the Winter and then 40 birds migrating over.
- They are huge birds, up to 115cm in length, as well as their 232cm wingspan! This is probably the largest bird that I have covered in my blog.
- For such a large bird you'd think they would weigh quite a lot, well you'd be wrong, they must have a lot of feathers on them. Both Males and Females weigh around 5.6kg!
- They start breeding when they are 4 years old and that's quite elderly for a bird but not when you compare it to its typical lifespan of 13 years!
- There's too few birds ringed to know what the oldest Crane was and they also have NO NEST RECORDS!
- The average crane would raise 17.82 young Cranes to breeding years in its lifetime but we'll round that up to 18 ;-)
- I managed to compile a video of the Cranes I saw at Washington, I got them courting, feeding, resting and just generally mooching around:
As well as this, there is a Nosterfield Highlight Video that shows the Cranes in it. You can see it below:
To see Crane, it's at two minutes.
So, here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,