This past week has been a very intensive week. I have filmed every day bar one when the weather was not so good, and it has been quite the challenge!
Last week was very action packed but this week has been quite the opposite. I have spent many an hour with no cranes showing up at all - in fact any bird life has been strangely quiet this week. But I feel it is great training!!
However Tuesday and Wednesday things did turn around. Suddenly the birds that have been flitting around from place to place appeared to settle down. On Tuesday Christine and Monty spent several hours on a nest site they have been working on for a couple of weeks now, and then in the evening Christine stayed on the nest whilst Monty flew off - the first time I have seen the pair separated. When I returned on Wednesday morning the pair were still there and spent the entire day with one always sat on the nest. From this the team at WWT have come to the conclusion that there must be an egg! Exciting stuff!
My filming for the time being is being put on hold - whilst they are nesting there is little behaviour to be filmed (and sharing equipment has also played a role). But I will be returning to Slimbridge in May when the eggs will be due to hatch! With all good luck the pair will have some success this year.
I also had a fantastic time this week working alongside a crew from Springwatch who were also there to film the cranes. They were amazingly nice guys who chatted a lot to me about the world I am entering, and even let me have a little play with their camera equipment! Look out for the cranes on Springwatch coming up in May!!