This week I was lucky enough to be a part of an incredible moment of British history. The moment in which the first wild born crane chicks in the South West of England in over 400 years first emerged from the safety of their nest!
Having spent a week sitting in a hide for up to 13 hours a day I was determined that I would be there to see the first chick... Although after 6 days of nothing I was beginning to wonder whether this really would be the year the cranes first bred successfully.
However on Sunday afternoon I got an exciting phone call to say that a chick had been spotted on the webcam. I tried not to get my hopes up too high, but rushed across from the other crane nest I was monitoring to join Will and the other crane enthusiasts in the hopes of catching the first glimpse of this spectacular arrival.
After another two hour wait, incredibly, I did get that glimpse. I was lucky enough to be just at the right angle to see it, and was only one of 3 or 4 to spot it. I was the only one to capture it on camera! It was a very quick sight as it followed it's father out into the water before climbing back onto the bank to the safety of the nest.
Unfortunately Sunday was supposed to be my last filming day... But this quick sighting just wasn't enough and I wanted more. After a few phone calls, and 2 hours extra driving, I managed to arrange to keep the camera for an extra day, and I was so glad I did. On Monday Christine and Monty proudly brought out not one, but two chicks onto the grass just metres from our hide! At first it was just a teasing glimpse through long grass, but after a few more hours wait they eventually came into the shorter turf where we could get a wonderful view. They stayed out for hours and I eventually left, very pleased with the footage I had managed to get.
This will be my last filming day for a few weeks, but I hope to return to visit these precious cranes when they are slightly bigger. I feel wonderfully privileged to have been there for this exciting moment, and cannot wait to share my joy with the rest of the world through my film later this year.