Rare chick takes to the skies

RSPB Lakenheath Fen cranes, Little and Large
RSPB Lakenheath Fen cranes, Little and Large
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A NATURE reserve has welcomed an extra special new addition – only the third of its kind in 400 years.

RSPB Lakenheath Fen is now host to its third crane to have fledged on the site.

The youngster follows in the tiny footsteps of Tiny and Ginger, the offspring of Little and Large, a pair of cranes who moved to the site in 2007.

Katherine Puttick, reserve warden, said the fledgling had taken 12 weeks to learn to fly – an agonising two weeks longer than the normal wait.

“It has been a very tense time waiting for the young crane to fly. We’ve been trying to keep a close eye on the family’s movements, which is not easy as they prefer to hide away in the tall grass,” she said.

The young crane will stay with its parents until next spring before going it alone.