Pat Cahill submitted this account of his morning at Karkloof Conservation Centre last week:
I spent a fascinating couple of hours this morning taking too many photos. There is a pair of Blue Cranes nesting on the Loskop pan within reasonable photographing distance of the hide. When I got there, the female (I presume) was sitting on the nest with her mate standing guard about 3 metres away. He eventually moved closer and the two of them stood over the eggs (just visible in the picture) and announced in song that they were going to become parents.
The male then took over incubation (that’s true LOVE! – it was and still is pouring down – I haven’t seen the water level so high in the past 5 years.)
I don’t know what the eggs chances are, as the nest is very close to water level and if the rain continues at its present rate, it will soon be under water.
POSTSCRIPT: Sadly, the nest was indeed flooded that night.